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August 26, 2013
Ndulue was arrested at 2:46 a.m. June 29, under suspicion of driving under the influence.
Ndulue's backup on OU's newly released depth chart lists junior college transfer Quincy Russell, who arrived more than two weeks after the start of fall camp due to academic eligibility issues.
When asked about who would replace Ndulue in the starting lineup Monday, Stoops was non-committal.
"We'll see," he said. "I don't know that coach Montgomery has decided that yet."
Russell is listed at 6-foot-4, 315 pounds on the latest OU roster. How many snaps he can play and how effective he can be with less than three weeks of practice is the biggest question.
"It's good. I think he's in good shape. He just has to keep playing," answered Stops when asked that very question. "There is a difference between your summer conditioning and being on the field, but he's working hard at it. That's what's exciting about Quincy - a big, strong, physical guy that really likes to work. So he's working hard on it."
But can he play in the opener?
"Sure," answered Stoops.
Johnson will miss his first game as a Sooner after pleading guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana Jan. 23. The charges came after Johnson and wide receiver Jalen Saunders were arrested Dec. 2, during a routine traffic stop by Cleveland County officers.
Johnson and Saunders were both charged and Saunders ended up playing in last year's Cotton Bowl. Charges against Saunders were later dropped.
Johnson's likely replacement in the opener will be redshirt freshman Zach Sanchez.