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.

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  • Oklahoma football notebook: Mack Brown talks Sooners, Trevor Knight

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    “You'd have to talk about Oklahoma as the favorite because of the way they finished the season, and what a tremendous game and game plan and quarterback play against Alabama,” Brown said.

  • Oklahoma football: Mack Brown not ready to crown Sooners as Big 12 champions, needs to 'see more' from Trevor Knight

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    NORMAN — Former Texas coach Mack Brown said Oklahoma is the Big 12 Conference favorite this season, but isn’t quite ready to crown his former arch rival. Brown, now working as an ESPN college football analyst, said during a media conference call this week that “this league has much more parity than people would think […]

  • Oklahoma football: Blake Bell quickly earned the trust of Jay Boulware, his new position coach

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma tight ends coach Jay Boulware said he won’t put anyone on the field he doesn’t trust. That’s why senior Blake Bell is atop the first official OU football depth chart at tight end this week, and is expected to start the Sooners’ season opener Saturday evening against Louisiana Tech. “Every time I […]

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops explains Julian Wilson's move to cornerback

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said senior Julian Wilson’s move to cornerback “went as good as I could have ever hoped for.” So what took so long? Wilson, who was recruited as a cornerback out of Southmoore in 2010, started all 13 of Oklahoma’s games at nickelback last season. Stoops said Wilson was rushing the quarterback more last year than he was dropping into coverage, and OU coaches want junior linebacker Eric Striker — one of the nation’s elite pass rushers — to do more of that this season. “We started thinking — Mike (Stoops, the defensive coordinator) and the defensive coaches — who would you rather have rushing, Eric or Julian? It’s pretty evident it wouldn’t be (Wilson),” Stoops

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks about Julian Wilson's move to cornerback

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said senior Julian Wilson’s move to cornerback “went as good as I could have ever hoped for.” So what took so long? Wilson, who was recruited as a cornerback out of Southmoore in 2010, started all 13 of Oklahoma’s games at nickelback last season. Stoops said Wilson was rushing […]

  • Oklahoma football: Junior center Ty Darlington ready to finally play more snaps

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma junior center Ty Darlington started one game as a true freshman in place of Gabe Ikard, but has spent most of the last two seasons on the sideline waiting his turn. With Ikard graduated, Darlington has taken over the starting center spot full-time. “It really has been a long time since I […]

  • Oklahoma football: Keith Ford a little surprised he didn't redshirt in 2013

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma sophomore running back Keith Ford expected to redshirt last season, especially with three seniors — Brennan Clay, Roy Finch and Damien Williams — ahead of him on the depth chart. “I had some doubt in my mind my freshman year because I knew there were three seniors in front of me, but […]

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Louisiana Tech radio analyst Teddy Allen talks about this weekend's game

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s new OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast’s name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as “fiction writers.” You can click on the link below to listen and download […]

  • Beating Bama: A look at what defeating Alabama has done for the last nine opponents to do it

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Football 2014: The Oklahoma Sooners are one of only seven teams to beat Alabama since Nick Saban’s first season in Tuscaloosa, though Auburn and LSU have done it twice each. A look at what rolling the Tide did for them.

  • OU football: Which Sooners team will show up in 2014?

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    No matter what Bob Stoops, his assistant coaches or players say, Oklahoma enters the 2014 football season carrying a good deal of momentum from its Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama nearly eight months ago. Maybe they’re right that it doesn’t affect those inside the program, but the stunning victory in New Orleans absolutely catapulted the Sooners into the national spotlight again. Oklahoma is a top-five team in the preseason after beginning the 2013 campaign ranked No. 16 in both major polls. OU finished the season ranked 10 spots higher than that, but only after an up-and-down campaign that included extreme highs — like the Sugar Bowl, Bedlam and Notre Dame — and dreary lows in embarrassing losses to Texas and Baylor.

  • OU football: Can the Sooners win without star power?

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    For the second straight year, Oklahoma enters a football season without many accomplished stars on its roster. The Sooners only put four players on the preseason All-Big 12 team, including a kicker (Michael Hunnicutt), an offensive lineman (Daryl Williams) and a cornerback in Zack Sanchez who had a few uneven performances last year as a true freshman. Linebacker Eric Striker, who led the Sooners with 6.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in 2013, is the most firmly established star at this point. Striker was named a preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated and ESPN — the only All-America honors for any OU player this summer. Here’s a look at other seasons that began without Oklahoma having many stars and how the

  • Oklahoma football: Are the Sooners riding a Sugar (Bowl) high?

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    OU FOOTBALL — There’s more to Oklahoma’s renewed status as a title contender than beating Alabama, but how much more?

  • Oklahoma football: Trevor Knight, OU offense enter 2014 in a much different place than last season

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Entering Oklahoma’s 2014 season opener — set for 6 p.m. Saturday against Louisiana Tech — Trevor Knight is again the starting quarterback, but this year, there is no trepidation among Sooner coaches and players. Knight was voted a team captain for 2014.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Frank Shannon seems destined to sit for Oklahoma

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Shannon was not on the depth chart released Monday morning. Jordan Evans was listed as the starter at Shannon’s normal inside linebacker spot with walk-on Caleb Gastelum as the backup.

  • Live Coverage: Bob Stoops' Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    OU football coach Bob Stoops addressed the media on Monday, explaining why the Belldozer package is still in play and why Blake Bell was taking snaps at quarterback last week.

  • Oklahoma football: Eric Striker's mother a continuing source of inspiration for the OU linebacker

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    This summer, a Sports Illustrated 2015 NFL mock draft pegged Eric Striker as a first-round selection should he choose to leave Norman following his junior season. Regardless of what he decides, though, one thing is a virtual certainty: Eric Striker will graduate. Education is too important to the single mother of three who raised Striker — and is currently putting herself through law school while working full time at age 43 — for him to leave school and never finish it.

  • Oklahoma football: Breaking down the Sooners' matchup with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    The Sooners’ season opener will be in Norman at 6 p.m. Saturday.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Charles Tapper recalls mistaking Samaje Perine for someone's dad

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    When Charles Tapper and some of his Oklahoma teammates first met freshman running back Samaje Perine, they thought he had to be someone’s dad.

  • Back in production: Is the Oklahoma defense getting back to its old ways?

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL — Disruptive defense has always been a top characteristic of the best Oklahoma teams in the Bob Stoops era, and while last year’s still didn’t come close statistically to his best defenses, things are clearly trending up.

  • Back in production: Bob Stoops' big seasons have led to recruiting hauls

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL — When Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma teams win — or even play in — major, important games, it usually pays off big-time on the recruiting trail.




Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 09:40:21 PM CST RT @theJFord: #LATech is running #Oklahoma's fight song on a loop during practice to simulate crowd noise in Norman… LINK
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 09:40:13 PM CST RT @LATechFB: Coach Holtz announces to media tonight that WRs Carlos Henderson, Eddie Johnson suspended first 2 games for violation of team…
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 09:11:47 PM CST RT @ryaber: Oklahoma football: Sooners' introduction video is an intense project every year LINK
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 08:41:40 PM CST RT @richarddeitsch: Via @nathanfenno re: Josh Shaw: What responsibility do university-run sites have when it comes to accuracy? LINK
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 08:17:19 PM CST RT @CareyWWLS: Josh Shaw story fascinating because it's first case of controversial/wrong story released by a university acting as a media …
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 07:52:07 PM CST After picking up OU offer in May 09, Josh Shaw told @JLMcCuistion he'd major in ... wait for it ... criminal justice https://t.co/1UFm8texbe
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 07:48:20 PM CST RT @Joe_MainMixon: Minor Setback For A Major Comeback!💪😤 #JustWaitOnIt LINK
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 05:33:11 PM CST @GabeIkard Read books?
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 03:10:09 PM CST Oklahoma football: Mack Brown not ready to crown Sooners as Big 12 champions, needs to 'see more' from Trevor Knight LINK
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 01:52:54 PM CST Oklahoma football: Blake Bell quickly earned the trust of Jay Boulware, his new position coach LINK
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 01:51:52 PM CST RT @BPrzybylo: #Scout300 safety @kp_projectt says he'll be at #OKState-#Noles this weekend. #Sooners commit @kennx11 is making unofficial t…
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 01:14:51 PM CST RT @McMurphyESPN: Title odds: FSU 4/1 Ala 5/1 Ore 15/2 Aub & OU 10/1 UCLA 14/1 Ga 16/1 OhSt 20/1 LSU 22/1 MSU, USC, Bay & Wis 25/1, SCar 28…
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 01:13:48 PM CST Regarding that last RT: I also thought early 2000s Miami, 2003-05 USC could break that record. FSU is a looooong way from 47 straight
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 01:12:07 PM CST #Sooners RT @Matt_HayesSN: If FSU goes unbeaten and wins national title again, that's a 31-game winning streak -- 16 behind OU's record 47
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 12:54:41 PM CST New weekly feature from our team #Sooners RT @ryaber: Walk-On Wednesday: OU's Caleb Gastelum LINK
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 12:05:24 PM CST ICYMI: The latest Non-Fiction Writers podcast from @ryaber and I, featuring La. Tech radio color analyst Teddy Allen: LINK
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 11:59:44 AM CST RT @GuerinEmig: Rams DE Chris Long. Thank you, sir. LINK
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 11:37:35 AM CST RT @MikeGarafolo: BREAKING: Sources tell @FOXSports1 Browns WR Josh Gordon's one-year suspension has been upheld on appeal.
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 11:37:12 AM CST @Shelly_Duvall I think I might pick that in the paper
Jason Kersey Wed, Aug. 27 2014 10:20:21 AM CST @Shelly_Duvall LINK