Sources – Three Oklahoma players suspended for CFP semifinal game vs. LSU – ESPN,

Sources – Three Oklahoma players suspended for CFP semifinal game vs. LSU – ESPN,

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  • TheOklahoma Soonerswill be without at least three players for their College Football Playoff semifinal game againstLSUat the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 30 because of suspensions, sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

    It was immediately clear if the players – starting defensive end Ronnie Perkins, running backRhamondre Stevensonand receiverTrejan Bridges– would also miss the CFP National Championship on Jan. 16 (8 pm ET, ESPN / ESPN App) if the No. 4 Sooners defeat the No. 1 Tigers in their semifinal game. first reported the suspended players ‘identities on Wednesday.

    Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley wouldn’ t address the suspensions during a national signing day news conference in Norman, Oklahoma, on Wednesday.

    “I’m aware of the report that is out there,” Riley said. “Unfortunately at this time, I cannot comment on it.”

    Riley did say when he would be able to address the suspensions. He isn’t scheduled to meet with the media again until the Sooners arrive in Atlanta next week for the Peach Bowl (4 pm ET, ESPN / ESPN App).

    “I don ‘ t know if there’s an exact timetable, “Riley said. “But when I can, you’ll know.”

    Riley did confirm that tailbackKennedy Brooks, the team’s second-leading rusher with yards and five touchdowns, would be available to play against LSU. Brooks suffered an upper-body injury during the fourth quarter of a – 38 victory in overtime against************** Baylorin the Big championship game on Dec . 7.

    When Riley was asked whether Stevenson would be available, he replied: “Kennedy Brooks will play.”

    Riley also declined to confirm if Perkins would be available to play against LSU.

    Perkins, a sophomore from St. Louis. Louis, has been Oklahoma’s most consistent pass-rusher this season with (tackles,************************************ 5 tackles for loss, six sacks and six quarterback hurries in 13 starts.

    Stevenson, a junior from Las Vegas, emerged as the Sooners’ No. 2 tailback afterTrey Sermonsuffered a season-ending injury . Stevenson had 50 yards with one touchdown on eight carries against Baylor in the Big 19 title game. He also ran for 50 yards on three attempts in a 48 – (win at rival**************** Oklahoma Stateon Nov. 32.

    Bridges, a freshman from Carrollton, Texas, has seven catches for yards with one touchdown. He has just one catch in the past eight games.

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