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  • Russell Athletic Bowl: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney praises Samaje Perine; 'He's No. 1 in the world'

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Clemson has faced its share of good running backs this season, with Georgia star Todd Gurley being the clear best among that group. Swinney was asked Saturday to compare Oklahoma freshman phenom Samaje Perine to some of the backs the Tigers have seen this season, and the Clemson...

  • Russell Athletic Bowl: Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables could get a raise

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. — In his third year as Clemson’s defensive coordinator, Brent Venables has transformed the Tigers into the nation’s No. 1 total defense this season. He could soon be rewarded financially for that work. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was asked Saturday if he’s started to work through any...

  • Oklahoma football: Former Sooner All-America linebacker Teddy Lehman talks about Brent Venables

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Oklahoma faces former defensive coordinator Brent Venables and Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Monday. Since Venables became Clemson’s defensive coordinator, the Tigers have made drastic improvement on that side of the ball. Clemson enters the bowl game with the nation’s...

  • OU chat recap: Ryan Aber talks transfers, QB competition and which conference has the clout

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    There was plenty to talk about on the Power Lunch chat Friday. OU beat writer Ryan Aber answered questions about the Sooners ranging from players who are potentially on the way out to what will happen with the quarterback competition in the spring. Here’s some of the best: Question from Aaron: Do...

  • College football predictions: Why the Sooners have an edge in Orlando

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Bowl week arrives and this year ends a day early. New Year’s Eve, traditionally a huge day for all kinds of minor bowls, has been commandeered by the majors. The Peach, Cotton and Fiesta bowls have a monopoly on New Year’s Eve bowls. That means lots of bowls on other days — three on Friday, […]

  • 39 numbers on Oklahoma's 39-0 run in Monday's win over Weber State

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Oklahoma set an NCAA record Monday with a  39-0 run in the first half of the Sooners’ 85-51 blowout of Weber State. Here’s a look at 39 numbers that shaped the streak: Time: 11:01 (12:54 to 1:53) Score to begin: 10-4 Score at the end of the run: 49-4 Oklahoma shooting...

  • Oklahoma fans air Festivus grievances about Sooner football

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    NORMAN — Today is December 23, which, of course, marks everybody’s — or at least my — favorite fake holiday: Festivus. Festivus, made famous in the Season 9 Seinfeld episode “The Strike,” calls for participants to put up an aluminum pole instead of a Christmas tree; gather your loved ones around...

  • OU basketball support staff member dismissed after extra benefit violation discovered

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    An Oklahoma men’s basketball support staff member has been dismissed after the University of Oklahoma Compliance staff discovered an NCAA extra-benefit violation involving the staff member. Sources close to the program confirmed the dismissed staff member was strength coach Jozsef Szendrei, a...

  • OU football: Jason Kersey's favorite Sooner stories from 2014

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    NORMAN — The year 2014 started as well as it possibly could have for the Oklahoma football program. But nearly 12 months later, things don’t feel so great for OU football fans. The Sooners — widely considered a heavy favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and reach the College Football Playoff —...

  • Oklahoma men's basketball to play in 2015 Diamond Head Classic

    Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Oklahoma’s men’s basketball team’s exotic travel will continue next season. The Sooners will play in the 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, which runs from Dec. 22-25, 2015, in Honolulu. Other teams in the event are Auburn, BYU, Harvard, New Mexico, Northern Iowa, Washington State and...

  • Five observations from Oklahoma's 69-67 loss to Washington

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    No. 15 Oklahoma fell to No. 16 Washington 69-67 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Showcase in Las Vegas. The Sooners return home at 7 p.m. Monday to face Weber State. Here are five observations from OU’s loss: Getting less than an ideal look: Oklahoma had the ball, down by one, with...

  • Oklahoma football: Longtime defensive end commit Tyrell Jacobs decommits from Sooners

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    NORMAN — A day after Oklahoma picked up two important defensive commitments, it lost one of its longtime defensive end commits. Tyrell Jacobs, a three-star prospect from Metairie, La., decommitted Saturday. Jacobs had been committed to the Sooners since July. Jacobs’ decommitment leaves OU with...


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Jason Kersey

OU Sports Reporter

Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for the Newcastle Pacer. During his time with The Oklahoman, he has also coordinated Thunder coverage, worked on the copy desk and covered several NFL games, including Super Bowl XLV. A Noble High School and OU graduate, he lives in Norman.

Ryan Aber

OU Athletics Reporter

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The Oklahoman, Aber worked for the Muskogee Phoenix, Southwest Times-Record in Fort Smith, Ark., and the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas.