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.


  • Oklahoma football notebook: Cody Thomas was ready for action when Trevor Knight went down

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Cody Thomas was limited throughout most of preseason training camp with a back injury, but is fully healthy today. The Colleyville (Texas) native said he was ready for his moment, and that was apparent as he calmly led the Sooners down the field on a touchdown drive.

  • Oklahoma football: Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops frustrated by un-penalized downfield blocking

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    As Oklahoma’s defense spends its bye week working to correct the mistakes made lately, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is also upset about one issue that he believes officials should watch more carefully — illegal downfield blocking on passing plays.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Talking Sooner football with WWE legend, OU superfan Jim Ross

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s 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 the […]

  • Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell praises Dorial Green-Beckham

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Jay Norvell had nothing but all-out praise for Dorial Green-Beckham during his session with reporters Monday afternoon. “He’s like a different guy,” Norvell said. “He’s been working really hard and doing a lot of great things off the field too. … He’s growing and maturing.” Green-Beckham was a five-star recruit and considered the top prospect in the country nearly three years ago. He signed with Missouri, catching 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons there. Despite his extraordinary talent, Green-Beckham struggled to stay out of trouble off the field. He was arrested twice for marijuana-related offenses, and was dismissed from the team in April after an investigation into whether he

  • Oklahoma football: Wide receiver Sterling Shepard returns to No. 1 on top-10 Sooners list

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma dropped to 5-2 on the season after Saturday’s 31-30 home loss to Kansas State, and it’s Tuesday morning. That means it’s time to update my list of the top-10 Sooner football players. Click here for the most recent rankings last Tuesday. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments […]

  • Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell says Dorial Green-Beckham is 'growing and maturing' during year off

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NORMAN — Jay Norvell had nothing but all-out praise for Dorial Green-Beckham during his session with reporters Monday afternoon. “He’s like a different guy,” Norvell said. “He’s been working really hard and doing a lot of great things off the field too. … He’s growing and maturing.” Green-Beckham was a five-star recruit and considered the […]

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops miffed at fullback Aaron Ripkowski's ejection for targeting

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NORMAN — Senior fullback Aaron Ripkowski was ejected from last week’s loss to Kansas State for targeting, a call that coach Bob Stoops still seemed confused by on Monday. Early in the game, as quarterback Trevor Knight scrambled and was being pursued by K-State defensive end Ryan Mueller, Ripkowski lowered his shoulder and collided with […]

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners still have several bowl possibilities

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    The Sooners are still in play for a spot in an elite, non-semifinal bowl game. The College Football Playoff committee chooses the matchups for the Cotton, Fiesta, Peach and Orange Bowls, although the Orange Bowl’s tie-ins preclude the Sooners from consideration there.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Joe Mixon trial might be delayed until December

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    A big reason it could be delayed is due to the class schedules of potential witnesses — including other Sooner football players.

  • Oklahoma women's basketball: Maddie Manning excited to be back

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Manning, from Ankeny, Iowa, played in six games as a true freshman before suffering a torn ACL in practice. She rehabbed and was set to return last year but tore the ACL in her other knee during a preseason intrasquad scrimmage.

  • Live Coverage: Bob Stoops' Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    View OU coach Bob Stoops' weekly press conference (Oct. 20) and review our live coverage.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Cody Thomas' brief appearance shows promise

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    With the game scoreless, Cody Thomas came in and led the Sooners right down the field for a touchdown in what became a 31-30 Oklahoma loss.

  • Oklahoma football: McAlester's Dalton Wood goes from under the radar to Sooner commitment

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder is McAlester’s quarterback, but will play tight end for Oklahoma. He accounted for seven touchdowns — three rushing, three passing and one on a kick return — in last week’s 63-20 rout at Noble.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners struggling with timeout usage

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Oklahoma lost its second game of the season Saturday and is finished in the College Football Playoff race. One undeniable reason for that is time management. For a team that Bob Stoops spent much of the early season praising as mentally mature and detail-oriented, they’ve had a mighty difficult time communicating with their coaches and one another.

  • OU football: Costly mistake squanders otherwise fantastic performance by Trevor Knight in Sooners' loss to Kansas State

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    NORMAN — In examining the reasons behind Oklahoma’s 31-30 home loss Saturday to Kansas State, you'd have to go pretty far down the list to arrive at quarterback Trevor Knight.

  • OU football notebook: Aaron Ripkowski's ejection, Blake Bell's injury hurt Sooners in short-yardage situations

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY, Staff Writers | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Fullback Aaron Ripkowski doesn’t exactly light up the stat sheet, but the senior is a critical piece to Oklahoma’s offense. So when Ripkowski — who sees time at fullback, h-back and tight end — was ejected for targeting on the Sooners’ second drive of the game, it threw things off in Kansas State’s 31-30 win over Oklahoma. Ripkowski’s ejection came after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Kansas State defensive end Ryan Mueller as Ripkowski was protecting Trevor Knight on a play where Knight gained three yards. The ejection especially hurt the Sooners late in the fourth quarter, when OU had a first and goal at the Kansas State 4 and couldn’t score. Not only was Ripkowski out, but tight end Blake Bell missed

  • OU football: Blake Bell catches 2nd touchdown pass, takes knee to the head in Sooners' loss

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma senior tight end Blake Bell caught his second career touchdown pass in the third quarter of the Sooners’ 31-30 loss Saturday to Kansas State. For his career, Bell has now scored 38 touchdowns — 24 rushing, 12 passing and two receiving. Bell left the game late in the fourth quarter and didn’t return after taking a knee to the helmet, but still spoke to reporters about the disappointing loss, his touchdown reception and his injury. Q: Can you describe the disappointment after this second loss, knowing that you guys are probably out of the College Football Playoff race? A: It’s tough. It’s not fun when you lose.

  • OU football: Sooners' Blake Bell says 'you can't blame it on one guy'

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma fell to 5-2 on the season and 2-2 in Big 12 Conference play after Saturday’s 31-30 home loss to Kansas State. Here’s a look at what players and coaches had to say after the game. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, on his team’s third-down stop late in the game: “You just keep trucking as they say. We always say keeping sawing wood, keep rowing the boat. If you want to get where you are going you have to do that and we did.” OU linebacker Jordan Evans, on the loss: “We’re very disappointed. You never want to lose, especially at home. It’s been so long since we’ve played at home, and we come and lose. But we’ve just got to move on from here. We’re going to keep our heads up.

  • Oklahoma football: Two pressing questions about OU-Kansas State

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    NORMAN — No. 11 Oklahoma continues Big 12 Conference play this morning at home against No. 14 Kansas State. This is the first of three pregame blog posts from Ryan Aber and I. Here, we each ask a pressing question that we hope to see answered Saturday. ABER: Can OU slow down Tyler Lockett? Lockett […]

  • Oklahoma football: Two players with something to prove against Kansas State

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    NORMAN — Here is the second of three pregame blogs from Ryan Aber and I. Here, we each pick one Oklahoma player who has something to prove today against Kansas State. ABER: Durron Neal. Neal could be on this every week but it’s time for a receiver not named Sterling Shepard to turn in a […]




Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 09:00:52 PM CST @Joey_Senat There really wasn't one
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 08:59:38 PM CST @KarlGAnderson I mean, the guy took a chance doing it in front of a customer. I respect his ambition, but definitely needs to work on timing
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 08:57:07 PM CST @KarlGAnderson Poor guy really didn't get an answer.
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 08:52:43 PM CST You know what's awkward? Being in a checkout line and paying for your items while the female cashier is being asked out by a male coworker.
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 06:37:25 PM CST RT @MBrooks02: Sterling Shepard's Rec Yds are amazing, 7g total 911y, which is 48.93% of all Sooner Rec. yards (911 of 1862y) this season
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 06:34:48 PM CST RT @MBrooks02: Sterling Shepard,has caught 36.57% of all Sooner Completions (49 of 134), highest since Keith Jackson's 41.03% in 1987 41.03…
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 06:05:22 PM CST Oklahoma football notebook: Cody Thomas was ready for action when Trevor Knight went down LINK
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 05:33:50 PM CST RT @mattyglesias: Madeleine Albright’s twitter game is amazing: LINK LINK
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 05:08:13 PM CST Sorry, @GuerinEmig: LINK
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 04:32:21 PM CST Pride of Oklahoma: OU sufficiently embarrassed to do something LINK (via @berrytramel)
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 03:56:58 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: The #sooners band flap showed the little guy can still get things done says @BerryTramel: LINK LINK
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 03:50:34 PM CST @bo_nichols https://t.co/mPoRZNPhXx SPORTSMANSHIP! (Crickets) BOOKS! (Crickets). Love it!
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 03:44:29 PM CST @bo_nichols I totally forgot about that.
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 03:19:30 PM CST .@SouthPark mocked Alan Jackson in this classic clip. It could have just as easily been Toby Keith. https://t.co/eKOtJygmIN
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 03:06:29 PM CST I actually didn't think Toby Keith could get any worse. Until, that is, I heard "Drunk Americans" just now. Good lord.
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 01:32:18 PM CST @JLMcCuistion And look, I don't think Sanchez should've worn those messages, but understand his confusion on apparent hypocrisy. That's all
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 01:29:24 PM CST @JLMcCuistion The Frank Shannon deal had nothing to do w/the NCAA. That was speaking out against the university
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 01:27:08 PM CST @JLMcCuistion He wasn't a former employee at the time. He was their current director.
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 01:25:53 PM CST College football picks: West Virginia can win the Big 12 LINK (via @berrytramel)
Jason Kersey Thu, Oct. 23 2014 01:25:31 PM CST @kdubracing136 @JLMcCuistion Boren said there would be no consequences for band members speaking out against the director. That's the point