Perkins sidelined by sprained left MCL

Updated: October 13, 2004, 10:33 AM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma cornerback Antonio Perkins will miss three to four weeks with a knee injury, leaving the second-ranked Sooners without one of the best punt returners in the country.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Perkins sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during Oklahoma's 12-0 win against Texas on Saturday.

Perkins, the Sooners' starting left corner, will be replaced by junior college transfer Chijioke Onyenegecha. In the Sooners' first five games, Onyenegecha has split time at right cornerback with Eric Bassey.

Stoops said Onyenegecha shouldn't have trouble adjusting.

"He just does everything on the left instead of the right," Stoops said. "That's not a big deal."

Perkins holds the NCAA record for punt return touchdowns in a game. He returned three punts for touchdowns against UCLA last season and tied the career mark earlier this season with his eighth punt return touchdown.

Oklahoma plays at Kansas State on Saturday.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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