Coach Stoops announces roster changes in advance of preseason practice.
NORMAN, Okla. --
Head coach Bob Stoops announced several changes to the University of Oklahoma football roster on Wednesday in anticipation of the team's first fall practice on Friday.
Senior center Ben Habern has opted to conclude his playing career due to lingering neck and back concerns. Habern started 30 contests at center during his career with the Sooners.
An arm injury limited the Argyle, Texas, native to six starts a year ago after he opened all 14 games in 2010, earning All-Big 12 honorable mention honors from the Associated Press in the process. He was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team by ESPN.com in 2009.
"Our coaching staff knows this was a difficult decision for Ben," Stoops said. "Ben has been a consummate leader for our team, both on and off the field. We appreciate the toughness that Ben has displayed, and we wish him the very best as he completes his education at OU."
, Quentin Hayes
and Jaz Reynolds
have all been reinstated to the roster for practice only, and will remain suspended indefinitely from participating in games. Kameel Jackson's suspension will be reviewed at the conclusion of the current academic session.
Courtney Gardner and Will Latu will not be with the team for the fall semester. Stoops indicated that he was hopeful that Gardner could join the program for the spring semester.