Oklahoma Sooners Football

Oklahoma CB Cortez Johnson Reportedly Suspended 1 Game

Randy ChambersAnalyst IAugust 20, 2013

Oklahoma will be shorthanded for the season opener Aug. 31 against Louisiana-Monroe, as starting cornerback Cortez Johnson will be suspended for violation of team rules, team sources have told Fox Sports Southwest.

This incident could be related to the arrest that also involved wide receiver Jalen Saunders. Both players were arrested in December on a complaint of possession of a controlled substance, per Jake Trotter of ESPN.

Johnson is an Arizona transfer who sat out last year, per NCAA rules. He is expected to be a key player this season, with hopes he can help improve a defense that allowed nearly 400 yards a game.

He played in eight games as a freshman for Arizona in 2011, finishing the season with 16 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and one broken up pass.

Johnson spent last season on the scout team and is projected to start across from All-Big 12 cornerback Aaron Colvin. He brings great size to the secondary at 6'2" and is a rangy athlete who has the potential to develop into a terrific player.

Oklahoma heads into the season with multiple questions defensively. Only four defensive starters are returning, and last year's efforts were disappointing. The defense allowed more than 400 yards in five games, including a ridiculous 633 yards in a 41-13 loss to Texas A&M in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

Starting defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue is also expected to be suspended, per the Fox Sports report. Ndulue was arrested by campus police in July on a DUI charge. The junior defensive lineman played in 13 games last season.


Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices