Bob Stoops: No update on Tony Jefferson

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners recently got one defensive starter back. They’ll soon find out if they’ll have another this weekend for Kansas State.

Bob Stoops said Monday that defensive tackle Casey Walker continues to look good since returning to the team last week, but the coach was uncommitted about the status of free safety Tony Jefferson.

"I'll peek my head in after practice and let you know how well he practiced," Stoops said during his weekly press conference.

Jefferson suffered an ankle sprain during the first quarter against Florida A&M on Sept. 8. Jefferson did not practice last week during OU’s bye and has been wearing a protective boot. But Stoops said after the Florida A&M game that Jefferson could have returned to the field had they needed him to.

Walker, meanwhile, rejoined the team last week after missing OU’s first two games because of personal reasons.

"He practiced, did well, looked like the same old guy out there working," Stoops said. "So we're excited to have him back. I expect him to play well."

Walker has been part of OU’s defensive tackle rotation the last three seasons, and is expected to start at tackle alongside Jamarkus McFaralnd. David King, who filled in for Walker at tackle during the Sooners’ first two games, has been back practicing at defensive end since Walkers’ return.