Jason Kersey
Sports 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.


  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 defensive backfield

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    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 podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/02/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber discuss Oklahoma's 2015 defensive backfield. Can this group rebound from a disastrous 2014 season? PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/30/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber preview Oklahoma's linebackers for the 2015

  • Current and former OU athletes raising money for McKenzie Horton's family

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    NORMAN — Jed Barnett had been in Oklahoma less than two months when he met McKenzie Horton during a February 2013 trip to the OU Children’s Hospital. While Barnett and two of his new teammates — Trevor Knight and Ty Darlington — visited with children receiving chemotherapy, they were quickly drawn to Horton and her family. “I’d estimate that we’ve met hundreds of kids, and they’ve all been amazing, every single one of them,” Barnett said. “We thought we were going to motivate kids, but in reality, they are the ones who motivate and inspire us. “McKenzie was a little bit more in every single way. The way her smile lit up the room. The way she talked and

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 linebackers

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    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 podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/30/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber preview Oklahoma's linebackers for the 2015 season. How much will Frank Shannon's return mean to the group?  PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/25/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber continue their position breakdowns

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 defensive linemen

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    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 podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/25/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber continue their position breakdowns with a look at the defensive line. Who will fill the massive hole left by Jordan Phillips? PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/23/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber discuss OU's offensive

  • Ten most important 2015 Sooners: No. 2, senior linebacker Eric Striker

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    NORMAN — Continuing our 10-part blog series on the players whose performances will be most critical to the Sooners’ success in 2015, here’s a look at No. 2. NO 2: ERIC STRIKER Position: Outside linebacker Class: Senior 2014 stats: 68 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two fumble recoveries, five pass breakups The skinny: Striker is clearly one of the elite players on the team — and one of the best pass rushers in college football — but OU coaches are still tinkering with his role, figuring out exactly how to use the immensely talented senior. He’s made 17.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 offensive linemen

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    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 podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/23/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber discuss OU's offensive linemen. The Sooners lose five experienced seniors off last year's team. Who will step up in their place? PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/18/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber talk about the

  • Ten most important 2015 Sooners: No. 4, sophomore safety Steven Parker

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    NORMAN — Continuing our 10-part blog series on the players whose performances will be most critical to the Sooners’ success in 2015, here’s a look at No. 4. NO. 4: STEVEN PARKER Position: Safety Class: Sophomore 2014 stats: 31 tackles, one sack, six pass breakups; appeared in all 13 games with four starts The skinny: Parker committed to OU a few days before 2014 national signing day and was considered one of the biggest gets for the Sooners that year. He made the first start of his career at nickelback in October against Kansas State and ended up starting three more games.

  • Longtime sports voice Bob Barry Jr. dies at 58

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Bob Barry Jr. died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle crash near NW 142 and May Avenue in northwest Oklahoma City.

  • What they're saying about the death of Bob Barry Jr.

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Longtime Oklahoma City sportscaster Bob Barry Jr. died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle crash. Here’s a look at what several of his friends and prominent Oklahoma sports figures said about Barry.

  • OU football: Guidance from former Sooner helped Harrah's Logan Roberson gain recruiting attention

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    The 6-foot-5, 318-pound Harrah offensive lineman flew under the radar in the recruiting world for most of his high school career, but kept plugging away with Runnels serving as his personal trainer, sounding board and adviser. All of that finally paid off earlier this month, when Oklahoma offered Roberson a scholarship and the senior-to-be committed on the spot.

  • Ten most important 2015 Sooners: No. 6, sophomore cornerback Jordan Thomas

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    NORMAN — Continuing our 10-part blog series on the players whose performances will be most critical to the Sooners’ success in 2015, here’s a look at No. 6. NO. 6: JORDAN THOMAS Position: Cornerback Class: Sophomore 2014 stats: 32 tackles, five pass breakups; appeared in all 13 games with four starts The skinny: The Klein, Texas native entered the starting lineup after Julian Wilson’s injury in early November, and had his ups and downs. But long before that — in the 2014 preseason — defensive coordinator Mike Stoops identified Thomas as the team’s No. 3 cornerback and someone he thought could be a future star.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 wide receivers

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    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 podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/18/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber talk about the Sooners' wide receiver situation.

  • Oklahoma football: NEO cornerback Maurice Chandler commits to Sooners

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up a commitment from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M cornerback Maurice Chandler on Wednesday. Chandler announced his commitment on Twitter. Chandler (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) also held offers from Arizona State, Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska and TCU. The former Lawton High standout originally signed with Texas Tech out of high school. Chandler becomes the sixth commitment for the Sooners’ 2016 signing class, and is the second NEO player to commit to OU this summer. Defensive end Austin Roberts committed and became a late addition to the 2015 class earlier this month.

  • Ten most important 2015 Sooners: No. 8, sophomore defensive tackle Matt Romar

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    NORMAN — Continuing our 10-part blog series on the players whose performances will be most critical to the Sooners’ success in 2015, here’s a look at No. 8. NO. 8: MATT ROMAR Position: Defensive tackle Class: Redshirt sophomore 2014 stats: Nine tackles, one sack in 12 games The skinny: Jordan Phillips leaves a giant hole in the middle of the OU defensive line and will certainly be difficult to replace in 2015. Phillips, who was picked in the second round of last month's NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, became one of the best players on the OU defense when he was healthy.

  • Oklahoma football: Justice Hansen transferring to Butler Community College, per report

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    NORMAN — Former Oklahoma quarterback Justice Hansen is expected to transfer to Butler (Kan.) Community College, according to an ESPN.com report Tuesday afternoon. Hansen, a former Edmond Santa Fe standout, signed with the Sooners in their recruiting class of 2014 and redshirted last season. He competed with Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas for the Sooners’ starting quarterback job during the spring, but announced he would transfer late last month. Hansen’s departure leaves only three scholarship quarterbacks — juniors Trevor Knight and Baker Mayfield and sophomore Cody Thomas — on the OU roster entering 2015, with walk-on true freshman Connor McGinnis also joining the fray.

  • Ten most important 2015 Sooners: No. 10, sophomore running back Samaje Perine

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    NORMAN -- After a massively disappointing 2014 season, Oklahoma faces several questions entering the 2015 campaign. This is the first of a 10-part blog series from Ryan Aber and me, breaking down the players whose performances will be most critical to the Sooners' success in 2015. These will post at 11 a.m. every weekday for the next two weeks, and we start out with No. 10 on the list, sophomore running back Samaje Perine. SAMAJE PERINE Position: Running back Class: Sophomore 2014 stats: 263 rushes, 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns; 15 receptions, 108 yards The skinny: Near the end of the 2014 regular season, with Sterling Shepard and Trevor Knight injured, Perine essentially became

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 running backs

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    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 podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/16/2015 -- In the second of the series breaking down position groups, Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber discuss Samaje Perine, Joe Mixon, Alex Ross and the Sooners' running backs.

  • Oklahoma football: Return of Joe Mixon, Frank Shannon creates PR dilemma for Sooners

    BY JASON KERSEY Staff Writerjkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Ever since the Sept. 8, 2014 release of a video showing then-Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his fiance and knocking her unconscious, the public’s patience and tolerance for violent crimes against women has virtually evaporated.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners add 2015 junior college offensive tackle Quinn Mittermeier

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma added another name to its 2015 recruiting class with Saturday’s commitment from junior college offensive tackle Quinn Mittermeier. Mittermeier (6-foot-6, 305 pounds) played at Butler County (Kan.) Community College. He chose the Sooners over Florida. A three-star prospect according to Rivals.com, Mittermeier is the second offensive lineman to commit to OU in […]

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 quarterback battle

    Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    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 […]




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Jason Kersey Fri, Jul. 03 2015 08:11:06 PM CST My wife and I just finished our first week of @blueapron meals. So much fun and delicious. What an awesome concept!
Jason Kersey Fri, Jul. 03 2015 11:49:12 AM CST RT @ryaber: Former Sooners DB Tito Windham enrolls at Mississippi JC LINK
Jason Kersey Thu, Jul. 02 2015 05:40:45 PM CST The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 defensive backfield LINK
Jason Kersey Wed, Jul. 01 2015 11:27:09 PM CST RT @BrandonHuffman: The most difficult piece I've ever had to write is this one right here... LINK LINK
Jason Kersey Wed, Jul. 01 2015 09:16:03 PM CST @JeremyCowen Man, Lincoln had a guy open who would've scored on that early INT. Great play by the defender.
Jason Kersey Wed, Jul. 01 2015 09:07:39 PM CST RT @JLMcCuistion: #Sooners WR offer Tyler Vaughns, the No. 26 overall player in the country. https://t.co/MbrXaMaAl4
Jason Kersey Wed, Jul. 01 2015 09:05:58 PM CST Pretty cool: The 2000 Class 3A Texas state semifinal at Texas Stadium, featuring Muleshoe QB @LincolnRiley https://t.co/Lrhgh4web6 #Sooners
Jason Kersey Wed, Jul. 01 2015 08:38:49 PM CST RT @OU_Football: There is some unfounded reporting. Baker Mayfield has shoulder fatigue.
Jason Kersey Wed, Jul. 01 2015 03:54:16 PM CST RT @Big12Conference: RECENT READ: @OU_Athletics student-athletes help with girl's cancer fight (@NewsOKSports) - LINK htt…
Jason Kersey Wed, Jul. 01 2015 01:31:13 PM CST ICYMI: My story on @OU_Athletics fundraising efforts for Madison Horton's family: LINK #Sooners
Jason Kersey Wed, Jul. 01 2015 12:59:21 PM CST @NicoleAuerbach No freaking kidding!
Jason Kersey Wed, Jul. 01 2015 12:58:56 PM CST RT @NicoleAuerbach: Print reporters everywhere sigh with relief, appreciating again that our 'clunker' interviews are not broadcast live on…
Jason Kersey Tue, Jun. 30 2015 07:18:47 PM CST @alamokie That is what my wife and I have been doing. Can't believe I didn't watch this when it was on
Jason Kersey Tue, Jun. 30 2015 07:13:46 PM CST @BPrzybylo Hahaha that is awesome!
Jason Kersey Tue, Jun. 30 2015 07:11:47 PM CST I realize I'm waaaaaay late to the party, but oh my God, Ron Swanson rules!
Jason Kersey Tue, Jun. 30 2015 07:05:23 PM CST .@jedbarnett44 on visiting Children's Hospital: "It puts a fight into your heart and mind that you’d never believe." LINK
Jason Kersey Tue, Jun. 30 2015 06:48:36 PM CST RT @ryaber: @jonbkennedy To answer for @jasonkersey, been told his arm is fatigued from throwing but nothing serious
Jason Kersey Tue, Jun. 30 2015 05:34:15 PM CST Current and former OU athletes raising money for McKenzie Horton's family LINK
Jason Kersey Tue, Jun. 30 2015 05:18:42 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: McKenzie Horton fought against cancer. Now, current, former #sooners fight for her family: LINK http://…

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