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December 22, 2012

OU's Williams to miss out on Cotton Bowl

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NORMAN — Ripkowski gets a scholarship: Last week, sophomore fullback Aaron Ripkowski received the Derrick Shepard Most Inspirational Walk-On Award at OU’s team banquet.

He won’t have a chance to repeat next season. Ripkowski will go on scholarship in January.

From talking with coaches late in the season, Ripkowski believed he would get a scholarship next semester, but he didn’t know for sure until the banquet.

“It was a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders,” he said.

He never asked, but we recognize and always have guys that are making a strong contribution and feel they should be rewarded for it when they do,” Stoops said. “Rip has a lot of great years in front of him with us. He’ll continue to get better.”

Auction coming: Wide receiver Kenny Stills plans to auction off the gloves and sleeves he wore in OU’s victory over West Virginia and donate the proceeds to the families of massacre in Newtown, Conn.

“It’s been really heavy on my heart and it’s a really tough situation to go through,” Stills said. “I couldn’t imagine any family having to go through that … I want to do something to help.”

Stills said he talked to OU’s compliance staff about it earlier this week and the tentative plan is to hold an online auction at soonersports.com.

Stills caught four touchdown passes in the Sooners’ 50-49 victory over the Mountaineers, including the game-winner with 24 seconds left.

 

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