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Venables Vibes: Nearing Full Strength, Oklahoma Not Satisfied With Start to Season

NORMAN — For the first time this season, Oklahoma is taking the show on the road.

Up next for the No. 6-ranked Sooners isn’t just any road environment, however.

This week, OU (2-0) will step onto the field at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln for the first time since 2009, reviving one of college football’s most storied rivalries.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-2) have fallen on hard times, but Oklahoma head coach Brent Venables believes his team is stepping into a powder keg despite the Nebraska’s coaching change on Sunday.

Already this week, Venables and his coaching staff have stressed to the players that they are going to get Nebraska’s best shot come Saturday, but the Sooners expect to be at as close to full strength as they’ve been all year long.

Getting Healthy Again

Though not injury related, Venables confirmed that right tackle Wanya Morris is expected to return to the lineup this week up front for the Oklahoma offense.

Morris missed action in the first two games under offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby, but Venables believes that the work Morris has gotten at practice will have him prepared to contribute immediately.

“He’s getting better work than he would if he was on the varsity,” Venables said during his weekly press conference on Tuesday. “He’s been on the scout team for the last three weeks, so he’s getting good-on-good work against good defensive ends. You go on the scout team and you’re going to go against guys who aren’t quite on that level.”