The injuries for Oklahoma began before the season, when tight end Jermaine Gresham tore cartilage in his knee in practice and eventually underwent surgery that ended his season.
They continued early on, and the Sooners national title hopes ended before halftime of the season opener, when Sam Bradford injured his throwing shoulder and missed nearly the entire season after re-injuring the shoulder against Texas.
They continued throughout the season, even through the bowl game when defensive tackle Adrian Taylor suffered a gruesome broken leg and is still recovering, hoping to be back on the field by fall.
But Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is sending a stern message to anyone who thinks five losses in 2009 with a team that began the season ranked No. 3 means he'll change how he runs his program.
"I think its pretty evident that when you lose your Heisman Trophy quarterback and a first-round draft pick, All-American tight end and on and on and all the O-line injuries -- no, we haven’t changed anything," Stoops said. "We’ve got a pretty strong, proven method for winning Big 12 Championships and competing for national championships through 11 years."
Oklahoma only suffered one major injury this spring, losing right tackle Eric Mensik for 6-8 weeks with an MCL injury that won't require surgery. Guard Stephen Good suffered an ankle injury in the spring game and was carted off the field, but the injury was minor and should only keep him out of commission for a couple weeks.
"Just because we got a rash of injuries in one season, we didn’t change a thing," Stoops said. "Had a great spring."