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: 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: 'Big Game' Bob Stoops returned for the Sugar Bowl, but what will his Sooners do this season?

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

    OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL — “Big Game” Bob Stoops certainly did reappear late last season, when the Sooners finished on a three-game winning streak away from home. In all three games, OU wasn’t favored. But what about Stoops as a favorite?

  • 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: Why the Sooners' offensive unpredictability under Bob Stoops has paid off

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

    OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL — OU’s ability under Bob Stoops to be unpredictable offensively also makes a difference. Nobody knew who was going to start at quarterback in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama last January.

  • 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.

  • Back in production: A look back at some of Bob Stoops' most memorable comments

    Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL — Bob Stoops has gained notoriety of late for his comments about the Southeastern Conference, and in past years, he hasn’t been afraid to speak his mind when he felt it was appropriate. A key component of Stoops’ swagger is those occassional barbs thrown in the press.

  • Oklahoma football: Eric Striker will keep quarterbacks guessing

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    When news of a potential move to nickelback broke last spring, many wondered why on earth OU would mess with Striker’s role. The answer is twofold: To keep opposing quarterbacks guessing about where he might strike from, and to take advantage of his immense talent.

  • Oklahoma football: Eric Striker a perfect representative for Sooners' reinvigorated defense

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    After a season of wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks, there is little doubt Striker has the most fitting name in college football. But beyond that, he has become the perfect representative of a confident Oklahoma defense.

  • Oklahoma football: Dorial Green-Beckham's waiver appeal denied by the NCAA

    Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma’s waiver request on behalf of wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was denied by the NCAA, OU announced in a statement Friday evening. “The University accepts that decision and will continue to provide the appropriate assistance to Dorial, just as it does with other students, in helping him grow personally from […]

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Barry Switzer 'very impressed' with Joe Mixon

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    “He walks up and introduced himself to me,” Switzer said. “The way he carried himself and the way he presented himself to me, I was very impressed with him.”

  • Oklahoma football: Sterling Shepard likes 'adrenaline rush' of return game

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    The Sooners are replacing all of their returners in 2014. Gone are 2013 kick returners Brennan Clay and Roy Finch, as well as Jalen Saunders, who returned three punts for touchdowns over the past two years.

  • Oklahoma football: Eric Striker thankful he wasn't penalized for taking off his helmet in the Sugar Bowl

    Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma junior linebacker Eric Striker knows he dodged a major bullet when he took his helmet off following a Sugar Bowl sack late in the first half. “I will never do that again,” Striker said. “You know how that would have went if I would have got the flag, but let’s not talk […]

  • Oklahoma football: Texas Tech lifts Baker Mayfield's scholarship restriction — but too late to matter

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    NORMAN — Texas Tech will no longer block quarterback Baker Mayfield’s ability to receive a scholarship this year at Oklahoma, CBSSports.com reported Thursday evening, although the act is little more than an empty gesture. A source close to Mayfield told The Oklahoman that Texas Tech waited too long to act, meaning Mayfield can’t receive an […]

  • Oklahoma football: Secondary facing questions

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s secondary is the defensive unit facing the most questions and uncertainty entering 2014. The Sooners lost cornerback Aaron Colvin and free safety Gabe Lynn off last year’s team, leaving glaring holes in two key positions on the Oklahoma defense. OU coaches have moved a seasoned veteran into one of those spots, though, allowing senior Julian Wilson to finally play the position he was recruited to play. Wilson was a standout cornerback at Southmoore High, but has played nickelback and dimeback throughout his career — until now. “I played boundary corner in high school, so really now, being able to do that at the college football level is really exciting,” Wilson said.

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon attends open practice

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Joe Mixon might not be part of Oklahoma's football team for now, but Mixon was at Gaylord Family—Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Thursday. After the Sooners finished up an open practice and interaction with students, Mixon was seen walking off the field with Sooners Director of High School Relations Rajeeb Hossain. Mixon, a five-star running back from Oakley, Calif., was suspended for a year on Monday, shortly after pleading not guilty to a misdemeanor in Cleveland County District Court. Mixon, who was charged with one count of “act resulting in gross injury,” is scheduled to be back in court Sept. 23. He has reportedly been attending class this week, likely signaling he intends to stay in school in Norman.

  • Oklahoma football: Sources confirm Blake Bell taking limited practice reps at quarterback

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma senior Blake Bell said after Thursday’s practice that he hasn’t taken a snap at quarterback since early January. But multiple sources confirmed to The Oklahoman that Bell has been splitting some of his time this week in practice between his new position — tight end — and his old one. Bell’s limited […]

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops, David Boren complete Ice Bucket Challenge

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, his assistants and university president David Boren all completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after practice Thursday on Owen Field. Senior defensive end Chuka Ndulue poured the ice-cold water on Stoops’ head, while senior cornerback Julian Wilson doused Boren. Stoops and Boren had both been challenged by Oklahoma Gov. […]

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Barry Switzer talks about the media, Johnny Manziel and Joe Mixon

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 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 […]




Jason Kersey Today at 12:49 PM Frank Shannon's attorney is holding a 4 p.m. press conference today. Should be interesting #Sooners
Jason Kersey Today at 12:22 PM ICYMI from today's newspaper: My story on Jeff Salmond and the OU athletics grounds keeping crew: LINK #Sooners
Jason Kersey Today at 12:19 PM @ginamizell The Google hangout just didn't feel the same without ya today, friend :(
Jason Kersey Today at 11:50 AM RT @NewsOKSports: We're previewing Week 1 for #okstate #sooners! Join us for Football Friday LIVE at 11:30 a.m.: LINK htt…
Jason Kersey Today at 11:28 AM We are minutes away from our first Football Friday Google Hangout. Check it out here: LINK
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 08:51:21 PM CST RT @CareyWWLS: OU in B1G is bad idea. PAC 12 would be great for recruiting. SEC would be great for recruiting/national profile unless you a…
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 07:43:55 PM CST I flipped back to A&M-South Carolina during a commercial break just in time to see the Aggies score again. Good grief
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 07:41:54 PM CST RT @GeorgeSchroeder: Twelve minutes into the season, Ole Miss has five false starts. #notgood
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 07:26:28 PM CST RT @BruceFeldmanCFB: Craziest part of this: #Aggies on pace to score over 60 in a spot where road teams lost 18 straight AND #TAMU lost 3 1…
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 07:25:55 PM CST @palisooner Me too. Just in time to see that blatant targeting penalty
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 07:22:16 PM CST Should I switch to Boise State-Ole Miss? I feel I've given enough of my evening to this shellacking
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 07:20:10 PM CST Nice halftime adjustments there, South Carolina. Yikes.
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 07:18:04 PM CST Nice run there by former #Sooners RB Brandon Williams.
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 06:49:48 PM CST RT @tvtime44: @jasonkersey I don't think A&M has checked off a play the entire half. SC making it easy for Hill.
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 06:42:30 PM CST South Carolina's defense is embarrassingly bad.
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 06:37:03 PM CST @kminnotte I just did! :)
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 06:23:28 PM CST They've already compared his first game to Manziel's, and Palmer said "This could be the start of something special..."
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 06:22:27 PM CST How long before Musburger and/or Palmer mentions the words "Kenny Hill" and "Heisman" in the same sentence? They are getting close...
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 06:19:35 PM CST RT @markrsports: Breaking news: Traber reporting Johnny Manziel was a mere product of Sumlin's system. Citing many north Norman confidants
Jason Kersey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 06:17:47 PM CST @Eddie_Rado There it is!