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.

  • Oklahoma football: Cody Thomas leaving football program to focus on baseball

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    NORMAN — All of a sudden, Oklahoma’s quarterback room consists of superstar Baker Mayfield, a true freshman, a transfer who is ineligible for 2016 and two walk-ons. OU backup quarterback Cody Thomas is leaving the football program this spring to focus entirely on baseball, he confirmed in a text message to The Oklahoman, leaving the Sooners with only three scholarship quarterbacks. Thomas, who has appeared in 12 career games with three starts, played baseball for OU as a true freshman but quit that sport last spring to focus on football. He started this season as the third-string quarterback behind Baker Mayfield and Trevor Knight, but was elevated to second string after Knight struggled in the second

  • Oklahoma football: Will Kyler Murray also play baseball for the Sooners?

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma added former five-star quarterback prospect Kyler Murray to its roster last month and he will surely be a strong competitor for the starting job in 2017. But can he help the Sooners out in another sport, too? Murray, also an exceptional baseball talent who could have signed a professional contract right out of Allen (Texas) High School, had planned on playing baseball at Texas A&M this spring. As a true freshman quarterback with the Aggies, he started three games and appeared in eight, completing 59.5 percent of his pass attempts for 686 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 335 yards.

  • Oklahoma football: Stadium construction shouldn't interfere with spring game

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s 2016 spring game is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, and will — like always — be played on Owen Field, despite the ongoing stadium construction in the south end zone. OU is in the midst of a $160 million renovation in the south end zone, where the stadium is being bowled in and lots of new premium seating, restrooms and concesssions are being added, in addition to a massive new scoreboard. Athletic department officials have vowed to have the fan area completed by the Sooners’ 2016 home opener against Louisiana-Monroe, and that the new coaches’ offices and student-athlete amenities will be done by the spring of 2017.

  • Oklahoma football: Four-star wide receiver Velus Jones flips commitment back to USC

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    NORMAN — One night after flipping his commitment from USC to Oklahoma, four-star wide receiver Velus Jones flipped back. Jones, ranked as the 63rd-best wide receiver prospect in the 2016 recruiting class by Rivals.com, had been committed to USC since last April. Then on Friday night, he announced that he would sign with Oklahoma instead. The Saraland, Ala., native tweeted Saturday afternoon, “I have made my final decision to attend the University of Southern California and I'm ending my recruitment FIGHT ON!” Jones’ decommitment leaves OU with two wide receiver commits in the 2016 class — Houston native Adrian Hardy and Tyler Junior College’s Ryan Parker.

  • OU women's basketball: Gioya Carter happy to be back in the starting lineup

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    “I’m still not where I want to be, but it feels a lot better to be out there,” Carter said.

  • Oklahoma football: Four-star receiver Velus Jones commits to Sooners

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma received its second 2016 verbal commitment of the day Friday when four-star wide receiver Velus Jones announced he would sign with the Sooners. Jones (6-foot, 180 pounds) had been committed to USC since last April, but took an official visit to Norman in November. The Saraland, Ala., native also held scholarship offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee and UCLA. Jones’ commitment follows a pledge earlier Friday from junior college linebacker Kapri Doucet. Jones is the third wide receiver commitment in the Sooners’ 2016 class, joining Houston native Adrian Hardy and Tyler Junior College’s Ryan Parker, although Parker’s grade issues may keep him from enrolling at OU.

  • Oklahoma football: Junior college linebacker Kapri Doucet commits to Sooners

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma lost five of its top six linebackers from last season’s team, making Friday’s commitment from Lackawanna Community College prospect Kapri Doucet very welcome news for the Sooners. Doucet was committed to Arizona until defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel’s firing earlier this month. He’s the second OU commitment from the Scranton, Pa., junior college, joining offensive lineman Ashton Julious, an early enrollee who is already on campus. The only linebacker returning with any significant college football experience is senior Jordan Evans. OU lost Devante Bond, P.L. Lindley, Frank Shannon and Eric Striker to graduation, and saw leading tackler Dominique Alexander leave for early

  • Oklahoma football: Media panel ranks 2000 Sooners as the 16th-best BCS or playoff champion

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    NORMAN — A panel of college football writers ranked the 18 BCS or College Football Playoff national champions in a post on CBSSports.com, and Oklahoma’s 2000 title team came in at No. 16. The 2000 team included several iconic Sooners like quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Josh Heupel, Roy Williams, Rocky Calmus, Derrick Strait, Torrance Marshall and Quentin Griffin. That was coach Bob Stoops’ second team as OU’s head coach but his only national champion. The Sooners won five games over teams that finished ranked in the AP Top-25 that season, including Florida State, Kansas State twice, Nebraska and Texas. The top-ranked champion in the CBS piece was the 2001 Miami team.

  • Oklahoma football: South end zone renovation remains on schedule

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    Everyone associated with the Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium renovations has said from the start that they planned to have the South end zone ready for the Sooners’ 2016 home opener, and they sang the same tune Thursday afternoon.

  • Oklahoma football: Defensive line prospect Chris Daniels decommits from Sooners

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma lost its only 2016 defensive line commitment Wednesday night, when four-star defensive tackle Chris Daniels announced that he was re-opening his recruitment. The news isn’t terribly surprising. Within the last week, Daniels had visited Texas, hosted several other schools — Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Tennessee — on in-home visits and tweeted enthusiastically about his new scholarship offer from Arkansas. The Trinity High (Euless, Texas) standout is ranked as the No. 212 overall prospect in the 2016 recruiting class by Rivals.com. “I have put a lot of thought & prayer into it,” Daniels said in his decommitment announcement, posted to his Twitter

  • Oklahoma football: Austin Kendall 'never wavered' from commitment to Sooners

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    “Austin never wavered,” said David Johnson, Kendall’s coach at Cuthbertson High in Waxhaw, N.C. “When Kyler Murray transferred over, we had a conversation about it, but he’s a competitor. He’s not a kid that is gonna run away from competition.”

  • Oklahoma football: OU and Nebraska add two more games in 2029, 2030

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s historic — but currently dormant — rivalry with Nebraska will continue on into the next two decades. The Sooners and Cornhuskers agreed to a second non-conference, home-and-home series to be played in 2029 and 2030, the schools announced Wednesday. This adds to the schools’ already existing home-and-home scheduled for 2021 and 2022. “Oklahoma and Nebraska are two of the most iconic programs in college football history,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a news release. “and we were excited a few years ago when we were able to rekindle the storied series by scheduling games for 2021 and 2022. “We feel the same way with

  • Oklahoma football: Spring game set for Saturday, April 9

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s 2016 Red-White spring game has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9 inside Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. OU football season ticket holders are eligible to request the same number of seats for the spring game as they have for regular-season games. OU students also receive free admission by showing their student ID at the gate, and OU Kids Club members will also get in free. Other fans can purchase $5 spring game tickets online at SoonerSports.com or by calling the OU ticket office at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-4668. The price increases to $10 on April 1. All seating for the OU spring game is general admission, and campus parking lots are open and free

  • OU women's basketball: Sooners hope to turn embarrassment into fuel moving forward

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    OU players hold a two-hour meeting after a 31-point loss to Oklahoma State.

  • The Onion publishes piece mocking the NCAA, 'quotes' Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    The Onion — which bills itself as “America’s Finest News Source” — is the undisputed king of parody news. Tuesday, the fake news outlet published a piece poking fun at the NCAA’s ban on athletes receiving extra benefits, writing that major college sports’ governing body was investigating God for giving student-athletes “gifts.” “Over the past several decades, the Almighty has provided hundreds of players from high-profile Division I football and basketball programs with abundant natural speed, strength, and agility, and both the universities and the players themselves are now said to be facing heavy sanctions and punishments,” the article reads.

  • Oklahoma football: Ranking the top-10 Sooners entering the 2016 season

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    NORMAN — Monday came and went without any more Oklahoma football players declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft, so now seems like a good time for a look ahead to the top players returning in 2016. Here’s a quick look at who I believe are the top-10 Sooners entering 2016. This list is obviously very subjective, so please feel free to let me know what you think of it, either by emailing me (jkersey@oklahoman.com), tweeting me (@jasonkersey) or leaving a comment below.[pagebreak] 1. Baker Mayfield, Sr., QB: Mayfield finished fourth in the 2015 Heisman Trophy voting and will return as one of the favorites to win the prestigious award in 2016. His play — along with Lincoln Riley’s system

  • Oklahoma football: Should the Sooners be worried about defensive tackle commit Chris Daniels?

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    NORMAN — In the past, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has made clear his feelings about commits taking other officials visits. “He’s not committed if he’s taking visits,” Stoops said in August 2012. “And we tell him that. Then we say, ‘Well, if that's the case then you're not committed to us.’ We don't accept that commitment. We'll keep recruiting guys at your position.” Based on that, Stoops can’t be pleased about four-star defensive tackle commit Chris Daniels’ last few days. Daniels, from Euless, Texas (Trinity), became the Sooners’ only current defensive line commit on December 18, but took an official visit to Texas last weekend.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners No. 1 in Sports Illustrated's 'way-too-early' 2016 rankings

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma was ranked No. 1 in Sports Illustrated’s “way-too-early” 2016 college football top-25 preseason rankings released Monday. The Sooners finished the 2015 season ranked No. 5 in the major polls after winning the Big 12 championship and reaching the College Football Playoff semifinals, where they lost a 37-17 Orange Bowl contest against Clemson. OU definitely appears poised for another run at the playoff in 2016, with key offensive weapons like quarterback Baker Mayfield and running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon set to return.

  • Oklahoma women's basketball: OU signee Nancy Mulkey picked for McDonald's game

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma women’s basketball signee Nancy Mulkey was announced Monday as a selection for the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Game. Ranked the No. 1 center in the 2016 class by ESPN’s Hoop Gurlz, Mulkey is one of 24 players to earn a spot in the game. She will play on the East team on the March 30 game, televised by ESPNU at 5:30 p.m. from the United Center in Chicago. The Cypress, Texas, native is averaging 10.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game so far during her senior season for Cypress Woods High School. She’s also won two gold medals with USA Basketball. She was part of Team USA’s 2013 FIBA Americans U16 championship and the 2014 FIBA U17 world champion team.

  • Oklahoma football: Transfer quarterback Kyler Murray is a Texas high school legend

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Jan 16, 2016

    Murray, who was 43-0 and won three state championships as Allen High School’s quarterback, transferred from Texas A&M to Oklahoma last month.

Jason Kersey Today at 2:16 PM RT @McMurphyESPN: Stanford RB Barry J. Sanders tells @kylefredrickson he’s transferring to Oklahoma State for final season https://t.co/ie6…
Jason Kersey Today at 2:12 PM @Alex_Bryant25 Such a crazy story.
Jason Kersey Today at 2:07 PM Outside the Lines will air a special report on the Cache girls hoops scandal. @jacobunruh has been on it for months: https://t.co/esGpn5P839
Jason Kersey Today at 2:06 PM @s4stockton @kylefredrickson It was known that he was transferring (which @jacobunruh broke). Now we know the destination
Jason Kersey Today at 2:04 PM RT @dennisdoddcbs: Another Barry Sanders at Okla St? It's true! https://t.co/lPl91JbMy3
Jason Kersey Today at 2:03 PM RT @kylefredrickson: EXCLUSIVE: Running back Barry J. Sanders tells @TheOklahoman he will transfer to #OKstate (https://t.co/o49OU8c6k3) ht
Jason Kersey Today at 2:02 PM RT @Jake_Trotter: Barry J. Sanders tells @NewsOKSports that he plans to transfer to Oklahoma State. Huge news for the Pokes. https://t.co/H…
Jason Kersey Today at 2:02 PM .@kylefredrickson with the breaking news that Barry J. Sanders is transferring to Oklahoma State: https://t.co/GntyA70CQh
Jason Kersey Today at 1:58 PM COMING SUNDAY: Read about @OU_CoachViney, a rising star in the coaching world and an important #Sooners staffer https://t.co/QUY01q5sYF
Jason Kersey Today at 12:54 PM RT @Eddie_Rado: #Sooners (7) at #NFLCombine: Dominique Alexander Devante Bond Nila Kasitati Zack Sanchez Sterling Shepard Eric Striker C…
Jason Kersey Today at 12:25 PM RT @BruceFeldmanCFB: Agree. If they're letting go of @Matt_HayesSN hard to imagine SportingNews is viable or will last much longer. https:/
Jason Kersey Today at 11:54 AM RT @royceyoung: An emotional Kevin Durant talks today following the tragic death of Ingrid Williams: https://t.co/fk4PWObk7o
Jason Kersey Today at 11:52 AM .@OU_CoachMike rejoices https://t.co/iRFR1eKcrz
Jason Kersey Today at 11:37 AM Power Lunch: chat with columnist Berry Tramel https://t.co/vPbR3y1Ma0 (via @berrytramel)
Jason Kersey Wed, Feb. 10 2016 09:17:55 PM CST RT @Coach_Diron: @OU_CoachStoops @OU_Football Thank You https://t.co/jivQ6A7iiY
Jason Kersey Wed, Feb. 10 2016 08:49:53 PM CST UPDATED story on Diron Reynolds' departure, with quotes from Bob Stoops: https://t.co/4XBWTsicgC #Sooners
Jason Kersey Wed, Feb. 10 2016 08:40:14 PM CST There it is https://t.co/itRNLFF1NK
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Jason Kersey Wed, Feb. 10 2016 07:47:07 PM CST Come on guys. Let's start the movement #KennyGforDLCoach https://t.co/uiTRCcoujt
Jason Kersey Wed, Feb. 10 2016 07:29:14 PM CST Here's my updated story on Diron Reynolds leaving the #Sooners staff: https://t.co/TJP1JzFXo0