Jason Kersey
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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.


  • Texas coach Charlie Strong says Shane Buechele hasn't won quarterback job yet

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    Texas’ quarterback situation took an interesting turn at last weekend’s spring game when true freshman and early enrollee Shane Buechele dazzled fans, throwing for 299 yards and two touchdowns. Buechele far outpaced senior Tyrone Swoopes, who completed just 4 of 16 pass attempts for 71 yards and two interceptions. Jerrod Heard, who started 10 games last year for Texas, missed lots of practice and sat out the spring game with a shoulder injury. “The competition is still there at the quarterback position,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said on Tuesday’s Big 12 teleconference. “(Fans) will get a chance to see Shane; I just don’t know how early, but they’ll get that

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops says Sterling Shepard will be a 'fabulous' NFL player

    Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops says Sterling...

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said that he expects former Sooner receiver Sterling Shepard to be “fabulous” at the next level. Shepard, a former Heritage Hall standout, caught 233 career passes for 3,482 yards and 26 touchdowns during his four seasons with the Sooners. Last year, he led OU with 1,288 receiving yards and 11 scores. “He has all the qualities of being a great pro in that, first of all, he’s mature, accountable, responsible in every way in the way he works and everything off the field,” Stoops said Tuesday during a Big 12 football coaches teleconference. “Secondly … he’s as competitive as any player I’ve had in 17 seasons.

  • OU men's gymnastics: Sergey Resnick completing unique journey from cut walk-on to team captain and All-American

    OU men\'s gymnastics: Sergey Resnick completing...

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    After a couple days of digesting coach Mark Williams’ blunt assessment, Resnick went back to work. He trained with the club team, was added back to the varsity squad two months later and is now a team captain.

  • Big 12 softball notebook: Paige Parker honored after big week

    Big 12 softball notebook: Paige Parker honored...

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Apr 13, 2016

    Parker earned all four wins for the Sooners, including a three-game sweep at Baylor that put OU atop the Big 12 Conference standings. It was the first time the Bears had been swept in a three-game series at home since the sport returned to Baylor in 1996.

  • OU football: Eric Striker's response to SAE controversy earns him non-athletic awards

    OU football: Eric Striker\'s response to SAE...

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 12, 2016

    NORMAN — University of Oklahoma President David Boren felt the tension, unease and lingering hostility in his office. The date was March 27, 2015, and Boren called a meeting of about 20 students with one goal in mind: To begin the healing process after a traumatic, embarrassing scandal earlier that month threatened to rip his campus apart and stain its reputation. On one side of the room sat a group of black students — some athletes and some campus leaders — who were still angry about an ugly, racist chant captured on video and leaked online for the world to see. Sitting across from them were officers of the disbanded Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

  • Oklahoma football: Kyler Murray, Austin Kendall give fans a preview of the 2017 quarterback battle in spring game

    Oklahoma football: Kyler Murray, Austin Kendall...

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Apr 9, 2016

    NORMAN — As Oklahoma players ran onto the field for the fourth offensive series of Saturday's spring game, public address announcer Jim Miller delivered news that caused the 42,436 fans in attendance to roar. “Now at quarterback, Kyler Murray!” The Texas A&M transfer took his first public snap in a Sooner uniform, kept the ball on a zone-read play and sprinted 25 yards down the field before he was touched. Baker Mayfield is the unquestioned starting quarterback entering the 2016 season, but after that, what should be a tremendous battle between Murray and Austin Kendall will decide the OU starter. Fans got a preview of that competition Saturday on Owen Field. “I don't try to think about it,” Murray said

  • Oklahoma football: With several leaders now departed, Baker Mayfield takes full reins of Sooners

    Oklahoma football: With several leaders now...

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    And as OU nears the end of its 2016 spring practices — the annual Red-White spring game is Saturday afternoon on Owen Field — this team is unquestionably Mayfield’s, especially with virtually every other leader from last year’s championship squad gone.

  • NCAA Division I Council bans 'satellite camps,' a decision that will affect both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State

    Jason Kersey,Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    [brightcove]4837993400001[/brightcove] After Friday’s action by the NCAA Division I Council, satellite camps are no more. The council approved a proposal that will require Football Bowl Subdivision programs to “conduct camps and clinics at their school’s facilities or at facilities regularly used for practice or competition.” Also, “FBS coaches and noncoaching staff members with responsibilities specific to football may be employed only at their school’s camps or clinics.” The rule change is effective immediately, meaning that any of the so-called “satellite camps” schools had planned for this summer won’t happen.

  • Oklahoma football: Eric Striker becomes first student winner of OU's Otis Sullivant Award

    Oklahoma football: Eric Striker becomes first...

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    NORMAN — Former Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker was named as the 15th recipient of the Otis Sullivant Award for Perceptivity at the University of Oklahoma. Striker is the first student to win the $20,000 award, and was chosen because of his response to the racist fraternity video that became a national embarrassment for OU more than a year ago. He and other football players helped lead the university’s response to the video, and Striker especially became a public voice for those who felt change was needed on campus. The Otis Sullivant Award is presented each year to a faculty or staff member or a student at OU who exhibits “keen perceptivity.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners celebrate stadium renovation progress with 'Topping Out' ceremony

    Oklahoma football: Sooners celebrate stadium...

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, football coach Bob Stoops and quarterback Baker Mayfield spoke to boosters and reporters Friday on Owen Field as part of OU’s “Topping Out” ceremony for the south end zone renovation project. Several football coaches and players were in attendance at the event, which was a celebration of the progress made and what is still to come in the massive construction project. After everyone spoke, players, coaches and fans in attendance were invited to a few sign steel beams that will be used in the construction down the road. The South end zone project is adding suites, loge boxes and club seats and will also result in the bowling in of that

  • State of the Sooners: A look at Oklahoma's quarterbacks entering 2016

    State of the Sooners: A look at Oklahoma\'s...

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    NORMAN — This is the final blog post in our “State of the Sooners” series, which is examining each Oklahoma football position group in advance of Saturday’s spring game. To wrap things up, we look at Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma quarterbacks. QB No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt. 6; Baker Mayfield; Sr.; 6-1; 212 10; Austin Kendall; Fr.; 6-1; 206 14; Reece Clark; RFr.; 6-4; 203 3; Connor McGinnis; RFr.; 6-4; 194 *1; Kyler Murray; So.; 5-10; 185 * — Murray is ineligible to play in 2016 and will redshirt after transferring from Texas A&M. Quarterback analysis: At the top, Oklahoma is in excellent shape at quarterback.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners pick up commitment from three-star athlete Grant Calcaterra

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up its 12th commitment for its 2017 recruiting class Thursday evening with Grant Calcaterra’s verbal pledge. Calcaterra announced his commitment on Twitter. He is ranked as a three-star athlete by Rivals.com, although he is projected as a wide receiver/tight end. Calcaterra currently plays at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Calcaterra chose the Sooners over offers from Boston College, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon State, Texas A&M and Utah, among others. His commitment could be just the beginning of a very fruitful weekend for the Sooners, who are hosting several top prospects for

  • Oklahoma football: Student assistants work long, unpaid hours in pursuit of a dream

    Oklahoma football: Student assistants work...

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    Currently, there are three OU student assistants — Matt Foster, K.C. Gundy and Joe Castiglione Jr. — but NCAA rules place no limits on the number of such volunteers allowed at each school.

  • Oklahoma, Kelly Damphousse honored by National Football Foundation

    Oklahoma, Kelly Damphousse honored by National...

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma and Kelly Damphousse are being recognized by the National Football Foundation “for their efforts in fostering excellence among the student-athletes,” according to a news release issued by the NFF. Damphousse, OU’s Faculty Athletics Representative, will be presented with a commemorative plaque and OU will receive $5,000 for student academic support services at a Friday luncheon. “Kelly Damphousse has been a critical liaison between academics and athletics at Oklahoma,” NFF President Steve Hatchell said in a statement.

  • Oklahoma football: Collinsville linebacker, OU commit Levi Draper accepts invitation to play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl

    Oklahoma football: Collinsville linebacker, OU...

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma 2017 linebacker commitment Levi Draper accepted an invitation to play in next year’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Draper announced the news on his Twitter account. The Collinsville standout originally committed to Oklahoma State last summer before changing his mind and giving the Sooners his verbal pledge in November. He also holds scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson and Florida State. Draper finished last season with 143 tackles and four sacks, helping lead his team to the Class 5A state championship game. He was a first-team Oklahoman All-State selection after his junior season.

  • State of the Sooners: A look at Oklahoma's running backs entering 2016

    State of the Sooners: A look at Oklahoma\'s...

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    NORMAN — Continuing our “State of the Sooners” series, here is a look at Oklahoma’s running backs entering 2016. The Sooners will host their annual spring game Saturday afternoon on Owen Field. RB No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt. 32; Samaje Perine; Jr.; 5-10; 234 25; Joe Mixon; RSo.; 6-1; 226 24; Rodney Anderson; RFr.; 6-0; 211 34; Daniel Brooks; RSr.; 5-8; 184 28; Alex Ross; RSr.; 6-1; 227 Running back analysis: After only two seasons on campus, Samaje Perine is only 1,056 yards and 20 touchdowns from tying Oklahoma’s career rushing records in those categories, currently held by Billy Sims (4,118 career yards) and Steve Owens (57 career touchdowns).

  • State of the Sooners: A look at Oklahoma's receivers entering 2016

    State of the Sooners: A look at Oklahoma\'s...

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    NORMAN — Continuing our “State of the Sooners” series, here is a look at Oklahoma’s wide receivers and tight ends entering 2016. The Sooners will host their annual spring game Saturday afternoon on Owen Field. WR No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt. 11; Dede Westbrook; Sr.; 6-0; 170 15; Jeffery Mead; Jr.; 6-5; 187 18; Dahu Green; So.; 6-4; 201 WR No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt. 5; Geno Lewis; RSr.; 6-1; 201 13; A.D. Miller; So.; 6-3; 189 19; Dallis Todd; RSo.; 6-3; 190 WR No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt. 1; Jarvis Baxter; Sr.; 5-11; 165 16; Michiah Quick; Jr.; 5-11; 183 84; Grant Bothun; RSr.; 5-11; 193 WR No.; Name; Cl.;

  • State of the Sooners: A look at Oklahoma's offensive line entering 2016

    State of the Sooners: A look at Oklahoma\'s...

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    NORMAN — Continuing our “State of the Sooners” series, here is a look at Oklahoma’s offensive linemen entering 2016. The Sooners will host their annual spring game Saturday afternoon on Owen Field. LT No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt. 78; Orlando Brown; RSo.; 6-8; 357 71; Bobby Evans; RFr.; 6-4; 299 LG No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt. 74; Cody Ford; RFr.; 6-3; 317 67; Ashton Julious; RJr.; 6-5; 354 C No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt. 68; Jonathan Alvarez; Jr.; 6-3; 315 55; Logan Roberson; Fr.; 6-3; 341 RG No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt. 72; Ben Powers; So.; 6-4; 320 52; Jamal Danley; RSr.; 6-3; 323 RT No.; Name; Cl.;

  • Corey Wilson's annual 'Ball for a Cause' OU alumni game moving from hardwood to the softball diamond

    Corey Wilson\'s annual \'Ball for a Cause\' OU...

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    In each of the past three Aprils, “Ball for a Cause” was a charity basketball game featuring former Sooner football players that was played the night before the OU spring game.

  • State of the Sooners: A look at Oklahoma's defensive line entering 2016

    State of the Sooners: A look at Oklahoma\'s...

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    NORMAN — Continuing our “State of the Sooners” series, here is a look at Oklahoma’s defensive linemen entering 2016. The Sooners will host their annual spring game Saturday afternoon on Owen Field. DE No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt. 97; Charles Walker; RJr.; 6-2; 299 98; Marquise Overton; So.; 6-1; 292 57; Du’Vonta Lampkin; RFr.; 6-4; 332 DT No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt. 92; Matt Romar; RJr.; 6-0; 298 93; Jordan Wade; RSr.; 6-3; 311 90; Neville Gallimore; 6-3; 320 DT No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt. 94; Matt Dimon; Sr.; 6-2; 265 87; D.J. Ward; RJr.; 6-2; 250 95; Austin Roberts; Sr.




Jason Kersey Today at 2:11 PM @joe4isu @BobbyLaGesse Yes, the public deserves a better reason than that.
Jason Kersey Today at 2:09 PM Referring to anyone involved in the Baylor situation as a "victim" other than the actual, you know, VICTIMS, is offensive.
Jason Kersey Today at 2:08 PM Oh, I get it now! Art Briles is just a victim of his overwhelming kindness! Give me a break. https://t.co/jTfdCtZzUf
Jason Kersey Today at 2:00 PM If Ken Starr and Ian McCaw are being allowed to stay employed at Baylor, why shouldn't they have to answer questions from media today?
Jason Kersey Today at 1:57 PM Don't ask, don't tell. That strategy has always worked so well https://t.co/DVDKt6wNrG
Jason Kersey Today at 1:51 PM RT @GuerinEmig: Asking #Sooners, #okstate fans to stay above board rest of the day. This is nothing but latest part of horrible story that…
Jason Kersey Today at 12:59 PM RT @ChrisK_AJC: If you don't know the facts of a sexual assault investigation, it's probably best if you shut your mouth. https://t.co/4LZ…
Jason Kersey Today at 12:41 PM RT @slmandel: Investigative journalism is so important. Kudos to @OTLonESPN and @pinepaula, @scATX, @DianaMoskovitz for bringing Baylor sca…
Jason Kersey Today at 12:40 PM RT @BDavisAAS: Don't get how a football player assaulted a women's soccer player. She lost her scholarship, had to transfer. And Briles onl…
Jason Kersey Today at 12:40 PM RT @SilversteinAdam: Per report: Baylor failed to implement Title IX: no training, education, reporting procedures or interim measures. "Fa…
Jason Kersey Today at 12:35 PM RT @PaulMyerberg: One thing the NCAA can do is allow those recruits who signed in Baylor's 2016 class to reopen their recruitment, should t…
Jason Kersey Today at 12:35 PM RT @BenjaminEW: Maybe most damning bit of @Baylor report: "Football personnel affirmatively chose not to report sexual violence." https://t
Jason Kersey Today at 12:32 PM RT @BruceFeldmanCFB: AWFUL: Baylor coaching staff "conducted their own untrained internal inquiries, outside of policy which improperly dis…
Jason Kersey Today at 10:52 AM RT @DavidSmoak: I've had two players confirm they received a mass text from Coach Briles and as @CraigSmoak mentioned, announcement coming
Jason Kersey Today at 10:40 AM RT @CraigSmoak: Baylor expected to release announcement at 11am dismissing HC Art Briles.
Jason Kersey Today at 10:40 AM RT @FootballScoop: Art Briles is being fired, reports Craig Smoak https://t.co/sNnVtycOD5
Jason Kersey Today at 1:26 AM How about a musical in which Sunny threatens to put a boot in someone's ass? https://t.co/MoiNHtPQAD
Jason Kersey Today at 1:19 AM I'm not entirely sure except that a certain someone is a certain something that begins with a 'd' https://t.co/dCPMO1zO5Q
Jason Kersey Today at 1:17 AM I'll only watch if it's narrated by Toby Keith https://t.co/KDeGBb0o4y

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