Big 12 Quick Hits: Head injuries, wrist injuries, hamstring injuries, oh my!

Nick Cremona

Receiver Trey Franks has been reinstated after missing the Sooners’ last two games for violating unspecified team rules. He served as the team’s primary kick returner before his suspension. Running back Brennan Clay and cornerback Jamell Fleming both took blows to the head last week against Ball State and did not return to the game. Clay’s injury wasn’t deemed to be serious and is still listed as a co-starter at running back with walk-on Dominique Whaley. Linebacker Travis Lewis will wear Austin Box’s No. 12 jersey this week to honor the former Sooner linebacker who died earlier this year.

After playing for the first time this season against Iowa State last week, safety Christian Scott injured his right wrist and will now be out indefinitely. Sophomore linebacker DeMarco Cobbs will be available this week against Oklahoma after missing the Longhorns’ first four games with a broken right forearm.

Oklahoma State
The Cowboys’ defense ranks third nationally with eight interceptions this season. Quarterback Brandon Weeden was named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, an annual award given to the best all-around football student-athlete. Weeden also leads the nation in pass completions per game with 35.5 per game.

Running back Darrian Miller tweaked a hamstring injury last Saturday against Texas Tech and his status for this week’s game against Oklahoma State remains uncertain. Redshirt freshman Keeston Terry was moved from strong safety to free safety this week. The powder blue uniforms that the Jayhawks sported last week were originally worn in the 1961 season and had not been seen on the field since 1983.

Kansas State
Running back Bryce Brown was not present this past Saturday for the Wildcats’ contest against Baylor. Head coach Bill Snyder said he hasn’t spoken with Brown since Sept. 25 and that “it’s a difficult time for him.” Snyder also added “it’s not all about football for him right now.” The reason for his absence is unknown. The Wildcats come in at No. 20 in this week’s AP Poll, this marks the first time since 2007 that the team has been ranked among the AP Top 25.

Injured running backs Kendial Lawrence and De’Vion Moore both returned to practice this week and could be ready to play against Kansas State. Lawrence has missed the last three games with a broken fibula suffered in practice and Moore has been out since the Tigers’ first offensive play of the year against Arizona last month.

Iowa State
Senior cornerback Leonard Johnson could play this week against Baylor after being carted off the field following a blow to the head against Texas. Running back Shontrelle Johnson and center Kelechi Osemele also suffered injuries against Texas but head coach Paul Rhoads thinks they will be ready to play against Baylor.

Texas A&M
Wide receiver Jeff Fuller extended his streak of games with a catch to 37 — that’s every game he’s played in college. Christine Michael was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week after recording a career-best 230 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries against Arkansas. After last week’s 42-38 loss at the hands of the Razorbacks, the Aggies’ all-time record against SEC opponents sits at 58-79-6, with the Aggies’ last victory coming in 1995.

Senior wide receiver Kendall Wright set a school single-game record with 201 receiving yards last week against Kansas State. Three of Wright’s nine catches went for touchdowns, which ties another school record. Redshirt freshman running back Lache Seastrunk’s waiver and subsequent appeal of the NCAA’s transfer residency requirement have both been denied. Seastrunk will have three years to play three seasons when he is eligible to play for the Bears in 2012.