NCAA Football

OU's Saunders in, McGee out for Cotton Bowl

12/28 5:55 PM

Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders will play in the AT&T Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M despite being arrested earlier this month, coach Bob Stoops announced Friday.

Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders will play in the AT&T Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M despite being arrested earlier this month, coach Bob Stoops announced Friday.

Stoops, however, said senior defensive tackle Stacy McGee will be suspended in his final game and will not travel with the team after being arrested this week.

In a statement released through the university, Stoops said the "information and history in each of the individual matters are unique," leading to the different consequences.

Saunders and teammate Cortez Johnson were arrested Dec. 2 on complaints of misdemeanor marijuana possession during a traffic stop in Norman, just a few hours after the Sooners defeated TCU to end the regular season.

McGee, meanwhile, was booked into the Cleveland County Jail about 1:15 a.m. Monday on a complaint of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. McGee also was suspended Oklahoma's first six games after violating undisclosed university rules during the preseason.

While McGee was a rotation player at defensive tackle, Saunders has been one of Oklahoma's top offensive playmakers this season. Saunders, who transferred from Fresno State during the offseason, is averaging seven receptions and 96 receiving yards a game. He also reeled in touchdown catches in each of the Sooners' final three games.


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