Monday, August 6, 2012

Two Sooners With Medical Conditions Cleared to Play

OU linemen Kasitati and Woods cleared to play: Offensive linemen Nila Kasitati and Austin Woods, two Sooners who have dealt with scary circumstances this offseason, should be on the field this season, Bob Stoops said Saturday during OU media day.

Kasitati, projected to be one of OU’s top reserves on the interior of the line, has been dealing with a heart condition that Stoops termed as not life threatening. Kasitati underwent a procedure earlier in the week.

“He'll be able to continue to play,” Stoops said

Woods, OU’s field-goal snapper in 2011, is back to man the same role, despite being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in April. Woods underwent chemotherapy during the summer, but has since been cleared to play.

“Austin has done a tremendous job fighting through all these chemo treatments and cancer treatments and continues to be out there every day, enthusiastic,” Stoops said. “It’s been remarkable to watch him.” (
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