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NORMAN—As Kyler Murray was getting ready for his Pro Day performance Wednesday, Marquise Brown looked over his shoulder wistfully.
“I wish I was out there but he’s going to hold it down,” Brown said before Murray completed 61 of 67 passes throwing to a group of wide receivers pieced together in the few days leading up to the event.
Brown suffered from a Lisfranc injury in his foot during the Big 12 Championship Game against Texas, but attempted to play in the Orange Bowl before undergoing surgery in January.
The potential first-rounder isn’t likely to be fully cleared until training camp, well after next month’s NFL Draft.
“I feel pretty confident,” Brown said of the film that is going to be NFL teams’ only on-field evaluation of him before the draft. “Credit to Coach (Lincoln) Riley for putting me in the right situations and letting me showcase my talent.”
Brown said he’s received positive feedback from teams, including about his decision to play in the Orange Bowl instead of focusing on keeping his draft stock intact.
“A lot of coaches, the asked me, ‘Why would you play? There’s a lot at stake,’” Brown said. “But I came from nothing. These guys gave me the opportunity. If we’d have had another game after that I would’ve played (too).”
Anderson on schedule
Running back Rodney Anderson only weighed in at Pro Day as he continues to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament that ended his season in September.
After an OU career that also featured a broken neck and leg, Anderson said he was being conservative with the rehab process so that he’d be 100 percent when he returned to the field.
“Teams got to be thorough. They check all medical history,” Anderson said. “I just tell them straight up — they’re all unrelated injuries. The tag of injury-prone, I feel like is inappropriate. That’s not what I am. It’s three weird injuries and unfortunately they happened to me.
“My mom says bad things happen in threes. Hopefully that means I’m done with them.”
Offensive linemen plan tattoos
Oklahoma is expected to have four offensive linemen drafted this season, with Cody Ford, Bobby Evans, Ben Powers and Dru Samia all going through the NFL Combine and then working out Wednesday.
Ford, who is projected by many to be a first-round pick, said the group remained tight throughout the process and plans to cement that bond together soon, including redshirt sophomore-to-be Creed Humphrey as well.
“I grew up an only child,” Ford said. “As soon as I got here — Ben, Bobby and Dru — we were all in the same class. Those are my brothers for life.”
Ford said the five planned to get matching tattoos soon, a depiction of the massive Joe Moore Award trophy that the five won last season as the best offensive line in college football.
“That will be pretty sweet,” Ford said.
Ryan Aber, Staff Writer
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