WR Saunders won't play for Sooners in 2012

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners will be getting one starter back this week. But they won’t have another potential playmaker this season.

Head coach Bob Stoops said Monday that tight end Geneo Grissom will return for Saturday’s against Florida A&M after a one-game suspension. Stoops, however, confirmed that wide receiver Jalen Saunders would not be eligible this season after the NCAA denied his appeal.

Grissom was tabbed the starter at tight end after his performance during OU’s second scrimmage. Grissom actually was recruited to Norman as a defensive end, but stress fracture injuries to each foot prevented him from rising up the depth chart. After spring practice, he asked Stoops if he could try another position, and quickly took hold of the position during the preseason. The Sooners had no scholarship tight ends returning from 2011, though junior-college transfer Brannon Green hauled in an 18-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter at UTEP.

Saunders, who transferred in from Fresno State during the summer, had 12 touchdown catches and more than 1,000 yards receiving for the Bulldogs last season.