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: Two pressing questions about the Sooners’ game vs. Tennessee

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    NORMAN — Fourth-ranked Oklahoma faces Tennessee this evening on Owen Field. Here 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: What will the defensive end rotation look like? The Sooners could be without their two […]

  • Oklahoma football: Midwest City's Will Sunderland commits to Sooners

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s big recruiting weekend got off to a great start Saturday afternoon, when four-star, Midwest City safety Will Sunderland committed to the Sooners. Sunderland, ranked as the eighth-best safety in the country by Rivals.com, also had offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, Ohio State and Oklahoma State, among others. The 6-foot-2, 186-pound Sunderland announced his […]

  • Oklahoma football: Why the OU-Tennessee showdown has lost some of the luster

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Although Saturday’s nationally televised game at 7 p.m. on Owen Field is one of college football’s most anticipated matchups this weekend — such is the case anytime traditional powers like these meet — the game has undoubtedly lost some of its luster since it was scheduled nine years ago.

  • Oklahoma football: More on Sooner linebacker Eric Striker and his mother

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker told me a couple weeks ago that he is inspired every day buy his mother, Lia Skelton. “I get my kindness from her,” Striker said. “My humbleness from her. My relentlessness from her.” Skelton is a single mother of three, and after Eric — her youngest — left to […]

  • Oklahoma football: Suspended Joe Mixon participates in team pep rally; spokesman calls it a 'voluntary student event'

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma suspended freshman running back Joe Mixon from all team activities after he pleaded not guilty a misdemeanor charge last month, stemming from an altercation that ended in Mixon punching a female OU student in the face. Mixon was seen walking off the practice field last week as reporters arrived […]

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Sterling Shepard asked to do more

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Shepard played exceptionally well in the Sooners’ 52-7 win at Tulsa last weekend — catching eight passes for 177 yards and a touchdown — but co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said there are still things he needs to work on.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Talking Bob Stoops and OU-Tennessee with ESPN's Paul Finebaum

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 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 […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Jason Kersey

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Join Jason Kersey at 11 a.m. as he previews OU-Tennessee on the Power Lunch chat. Get all of your Sooners questions in here.

  • Oklahoma football: Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is being asked to do more for the Sooners

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NORMAN — Entering this season, junior wide receiver Sterling Shepard was the most experienced offensive playmaker on Oklahoma’s football team. Shepard played exceptionally well in the Sooners’ 52-7 win at Tulsa last weekend — catching eight passes for 177 yards and a touchdown — but co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said theres are still things he […]

  • Oklahoma football: Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops talks about linebacker Caleb Gastelum

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NORMAN — Senior linebacker Caleb Gastelum had lots of additional responsibility thrust on him when Frank Shannon, last year’s leading tackler, was suspended by the university. Gastelum suddenly found himself behind sophomore Jordan Evans as the backup inside linebacker, an important position on the depth chart. After recording eight tackles, a sack and an interception […]

  • Oklahoma football: Guards Tyler Evans, Nila Kasitati leaned on each other during 2012 knee injuries

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma offensive guards Tyler Evans and Nila Kasitati both had torn ACLs during the 2012 season. Evans, who was entering his senior season, tore his ACL during fall camp. Kasitati’s injury came in the fourth game of that season at Texas Tech. Evans suffered the same injury again during spring football in 2013, […]

  • Oklahoma football: Zack Sanchez says he'll play vs. Tennessee

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez said after Tuesday’s practice that his injured shoulder is getting better by the day, and that he will be ready to play Saturday against Tennessee. Sanchez injured the shoulder during last weekend’s 52-7 rout of Tulsa. He, OU safety Quentin Hayes and Tulsa wideout Keevan Lucas collided on Lucas’ catch early in the second quarter. The sophomore left the game and didn’t return. X-rays taken Saturday came back negative, and Sanchez has been able to practice this week. “I got a helmet right to the top of my shoulder, where the most padding is on my shoulder pad,” Sanchez said Tuesday. “It’s kind of a freak thing. I got a little sprain in my

  • Chuka Ndulue on the penalty that cost Jordan Phillips a touchdown: 'The tab's on me'

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NORMAN — Senior defensive end Chuka Ndulue wasn’t too interested in talking about the elephant in the room — his unnecessary roughness penalty that cost Jordan Phillips a touchdown —  when he came in for post-practice interviews Tuesday. Phillips forced a fumble by Tulsa quarterback Dave Evans last weekend, picked it up and returned it […]

  • Oklahoma football: Cornerback Zack Sanchez says shoulder is improving, that he will play Saturday vs. Tennessee

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez said after Tuesday’s practice that his injured shoulder is getting better by the day, and that he will be ready to play Saturday against Tennessee. Sanchez injured the shoulder during last weekend’s 52-7 rout of Tulsa. He, OU safety Quentin Hayes and Tulsa wideout Keevan Lucas collided on […]

  • Oklahoma football: Quarterback Trevor Knight still working on getting nerves under control

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight admits that he still needs to calm down a little bit sometimes on the field. “I’ve definitely had to work on that,” Knight said. “I tend to get a little juiced up back there. In high school, I tried to make plays all the time. I just have to […]

  • Oklahoma football: True freshman running back Samaje Perine learning to be more patient

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NORMAN — True freshman running back Samaje Perine said the biggest adjustment he’s faced at the college level is learning patience. “Back in high school it’s full speed every down, every play,” Perine said. “Once you get to college you have to learn to pace yourself. You have to let blocks develop and let our […]

  • Oklahoma football: The long and winding road of Blake Bell

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    From ballyhooed quarterback recruit to the Belldozer to starting quarterback to tight end, Bell has had a unique career arc.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Reviewing Tulsa and previewing Tennessee

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 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 […]

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners expected to wear traditional uniforms vs. Tennessee

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said during his weekly radio show Tuesday evening that the Sooners will wear traditional uniforms for Saturday’s nationally-televised home game against Tennessee. Stoops said the alternate uniforms, which were unveiled this summer, aren’t ready yet. On Monday during his weekly news conference, Stoops indicated that there might be some […]

  • Oklahoma football: Frank Shannon no longer on Sooners' roster

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    A day after the Oklahoma Supreme Court dissolved a stay allowing linebacker Frank Shannon to remain in school and part of the football team, Shannon was removed from the Sooners’ football roster. Shannon had dressed out for the first two games of the season but had not played as he fought a one-year suspension in court. Shannon was suspended following a Title IX sexual assault investigation by the school after a female student alleged that Shannon sexually assaulted her at his off-campus apartment in late January. No criminal charges were filed in the incident. PERINE LOOKING FORWARD TO VOLS Sooners freshman running back Samaje Perine is looking forward to Saturday’s matchup against Tennessee.




Jason Kersey Today at 12:01 PM Live Coverage: Bob Stoops' Press Conference LINK
Jason Kersey Today at 11:57 AM RT @Eddie_Rado: Posing as a media member Bob Stoops is asking Trevor Knight questions. You think we are relaxed around these parts? Cookout…
Jason Kersey Today at 11:52 AM Live Coverage: Bob Stoops' Press Conference LINK (via @berrytramel)
Jason Kersey Sun, Sep. 21 2014 10:20:13 PM CST Oklahoma football notebook: Charles Tapper's injury not serious LINK
Jason Kersey Sun, Sep. 21 2014 10:20:13 PM CST Oklahoma football: Alex Ross' kick return for TD nixed Mountaineers' momentum LINK
Jason Kersey Sun, Sep. 21 2014 05:13:45 PM CST RT @DeMarcoMurray: Congrats to @Hunnicutt08 on becoming the new scoring leader at the best university in the world @OU_Football !Keep it go…
Jason Kersey Sun, Sep. 21 2014 04:10:39 PM CST Can @OU_Football please recruit Apollos Hester? LINK
Jason Kersey Sun, Sep. 21 2014 04:08:44 PM CST High school sports are so great RT @Deadspin: HS football player's postgame speech will make you believe you can fly. LINK
Jason Kersey Sun, Sep. 21 2014 12:49:15 PM CST RT @ryaber: Sleep is overrated, right? Two hours of it after #Sooners game last night but back in OKC.
Jason Kersey Sun, Sep. 21 2014 12:50:31 AM CST RT @joelklatt: Regardless of how this #Oregon game ends up, it's safe to say that the most impressive team in country in 2014 has been @OU_…
Jason Kersey Sun, Sep. 21 2014 12:40:06 AM CST Oklahoma football: What they're saying about the Sooners' victory over West Virginia LINK (via @berrytramel)
Jason Kersey Sun, Sep. 21 2014 12:00:34 AM CST Oklahoma football: Sterling Shepard talks playing inside, Trevor Knight LINK
Jason Kersey Sun, Sep. 21 2014 12:00:34 AM CST OU football: Freshman running back Samaje Perine leads Sooners to 45-33 win over West Virginia LINK
Jason Kersey Sun, Sep. 21 2014 12:00:34 AM CST OU football notebook: Michael Hunnicutt breaks DeMarco Murray's Sooners scoring record LINK
Jason Kersey Sat, Sep. 20 2014 10:28:10 PM CST RT @MBrooks02: What a game, Perine finishes at 4th best ever for a Freshman. Earl Johnson 259y, AD 249y, Demond Parker 244, Perine at 242y
Jason Kersey Sat, Sep. 20 2014 10:18:33 PM CST RT @MBrooks02: Oh my, True Freshman only. Games away from Owen Field, AD 249y, AD 240y, Dupree 239Y AD 225, Perine 209.....
Jason Kersey Sat, Sep. 20 2014 10:15:01 PM CST RT @ConnorCassady22: My phone just autocorrected Samaje to damage #boomer @jasonkersey
Jason Kersey Sat, Sep. 20 2014 10:02:59 PM CST Samaje Perine is now over 200 yards rushing
Jason Kersey Sat, Sep. 20 2014 09:50:32 PM CST RT @MBrooks02: True Frosh only, away from Owen Field...w/ more than 160y Rushing, A.D has 4, Dupree 1, Freddie Sims 1,Chris Brown 1, Perine…
Jason Kersey Sat, Sep. 20 2014 09:46:24 PM CST RT @NoahSheltonOKC: @jasonkersey this WV series is turning into a bit of a rivalry.