By Jake Trotter Modified: March 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm •  Published: March 3, 2008
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NORMAN — The Mike Reed era at Oklahoma has officially ended.

The OU sports information office confirmed Monday morning that Reed is no longer on the Sooner football team.

The junior-college middle linebacker came to Norman with much fanfare as the top prospect out of the 2007 recruiting class.

But Reed never made an impact on the field and was beaten out on the depth chart by Curtis Lofton, who would eventually be named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Sooner coach Bob Stoops said earlier this month that Ryan Reynolds would be given a chance this spring to replace Lofton at middle linebacker.

OU also signed junior-college transfer Mike Balogun, who is expected to be on campus in the summer.