Monday, August 6, 2012
Sooners welcome back suspended trio
By Jake Trotter
During Big 12 media days, cornerback Demontre Hurst reportedly said that the suspension of teammates Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and Quentin Hayes had been a distraction. But the three have since been put back on scholarship and rejoined the team on the practice field. And the team has welcomed them back with open arms, said defensive end R.J. Washington.
“Trey, Jaz and Q, I gave them a big hug,” Washington said. “‘Glad you back, we missed you.’ When you build a relationship like that, it doesn’t just go away. You’re both sweating, dying in those summer workouts. You build a pretty good rapport. I feel like I’ve made lifelong friends. They’re still my boys.”
Washington concedes the three are fortunate to have another opportunity, even though they will be suspended multiple games. But he’s just glad they got that chance.
“I hoped for the best,” Washington said. “I was hoping their one mistake wouldn’t mess up their whole lives.”