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: Lawyers for OU, Frank Shannon meet with referee

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The referee will make a recommendation to the justices regarding the case.

  • Oklahoma football: Julian Wilson the favorite at cornerback

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Wilson has started 13 career games over the past two years at dimeback and nickelback, but played corner in high school at Southmoore.

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon breaks silence with Tuesday tweet

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    OU freshman Joe Mixon quietly reactived his Twitter account Monday evening — hours after being arraigned on a misdemeanor charge — then broke his silence Tuesday afternoon. “Comeback Season In The Work But Now I'm Thinking Bigger,” Mixon tweeted, quoting lyrics from a Drake song. The former five-star prospect was suspended from football for one year shortly after his arraignment on the charge stemming from an early morning altercation with 20-year-old Amelia Rae Molitor on July 25 at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe. After the altercation, Mixon deactivated his Twitter account. The Oakley, Calif., native used the social media account heavily throughout his recruitment, retweeting virtually anything any college

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon reactivates Twitter account, breaks silence one day after suspension

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    NORMAN — OU freshman Joe Mixon quietly reactivated his Twitter account Monday evening — hours after being arraigned on a misdemeanor charge — then broke his silence Tuesday afternoon. “Comeback Season In The Work But Now I’m Thinking Bigger,” Mixon tweeted, quoting lyrics from a Drake song. The former five-star prospect was suspended from football […]

  • Oklahoma football: Breaking down the wide receivers and tight ends

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    WIDE RECEIVER No.#Name#Height#Weight#Class#Hometown 3#Sterling Shepard#5-10#195#Oklahoma City Shepard is by far the most experienced wide receiver back from last year’s team. The former Heritage Hall star has also taken on a leadership role within this position group. After playing the slot most of his collegiate career thus far, he’ll move outside in 2014. 12#Derrick Woods#6-1#186#Inglewood, Calif. Woods only caught two passes last year, but one was huge. He went up and grabbed a critical 20-yard pass in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama that converted a third-and-12. SLOT RECEIVER 1#K.J. Young#6-0#177#; RFr.#Perris, Calif. After redshirting a year ago, Young appears to have firmly

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Talking Joe Mixon, Frank Shannon and the 2014 Sooners

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 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: Jay Norvell encourages recruits to play lots of high school sports

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    NORMAN — You would think major college football coaches discourage high school athletes from playing multiple sports and persuade them to focus on football exclusively. Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell does exactly the opposite. “I love to see them play more sports,” Norvell said. “Kids that don’t specialize — kids that play a lot of […]

  • Oklahoma football: 'Grandpa' Tyler Evans back at it, taking good-natured ribbing in stride

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s offensive linemen endearingly call one sixth-year senior “Grandpa Evans.” Tyler Evans suffered ACL tears that cost him the ability to play in 2012 and 2013. Both seasons would have been his senior year. He was granted a medical hardship, though, allowing him to give it one more shot in 2014. Senior offensive […]

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops says there have been 'no setbacks' for defensive tackle Jordan Phillips

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    NORMAN — Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips was having a breakout season through four games in 2013 before a serious back injury forced him to miss the rest of the year. He was granted a medical hardship waiver by the Big 12 Conference to get back that year, so he’s still considered a redshirt sophomore despite […]

  • Oklahoma football: Breaking down the running back depth chart

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s running back situation took a big hit Monday with the announcement that five-star freshman Joe Mixon has been suspended for the year while he fights a misdemeanor assault charge. The Sooners return the least backfield experience in the 16-year Bob Stoops era, but there is reason to be optimistic. Sophomore Keith Ford showed tremendous potential last season in limited action, although his chronic fumbling was a problem. Former Jenks star Alex Ross is also a candidate to be Oklahoma’s top back. Coaches and teammates have praised his work ethic throughout strength coach Jerry Schmidt’s brutal summer regimen. Here’s a look at the Sooners’ depth chart for running backs and fullbacks entering

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Frank Shannon doesn't practice with first team

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Sophomore Jordan Evans figures to play in Shannon’s place if he isn’t available for the season opener Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech.

  • Oklahoma football: Former Sooner Kendal Thompson loses Utah quarterback battle

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Former Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson transferred to Utah for a shot at being a starter, but Monday, Travis Wilson was listed atop the depth chart. Thompson was listed second, although coach Kyle Whittingham said he will still play here and there. Wilson started 16 games through last November before suffering a concussion, the lingering effects […]

  • Oklahoma football: Students invited to team portion of Thursday's practice

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    NORMAN — OU is inviting students with a current ID to attend the team portion of Thursday’s practice on Owen Field from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The first 500 students will receive a free hot dog and drink, with all remaining hot dogs and drinks available for 50 cents. Coach Bob Stoops will wear […]

  • Oklahoma football: Nebraska transfer Aaron Curry not coming to Norman

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    NORMAN — Turns out, Nebraska defensive tackle Aaron Curry, will not be transferring to Oklahoma. After reports surfaced Monday morning listing OU as Curry’s, likely desitnation, SoonersIllustrated.com is now reporting Curry will transfer somewhere closer to his family’s home than Nebraska. Curry’s father told SoonersIllustrated the Sooners did not have a scholarship available and that his son […]

  • Oklahoma football: 2014 Sooner running backs are the least-experienced of the Bob Stoops era

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    The Sooners’ running back situation was already unclear before charges were filed against freshmen Joe Mixon. Sophomores Keith Ford and Alex Ross are carrying a combined 26 carries and 153 yards into the 2014 season — the least amount of running back experience entering any of Bob Stoops’ 16 years as coach.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Frank Shannon hearing set for Wednesday

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    The University of Oklahoma’s fight to keep starting linebacker Frank Shannon off the field this season will go before the Oklahoma state Supreme Court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to court documents.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Joe Mixon to be arraigned Monday

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon will be arraigned on a single misdemeanor count of acts resulting in gross injury on Monday, when he is expected to turn himself in, said Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn.

  • Oklahoma football: Geneo Grissom talks about defense

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma senior Geneo Grissom is still learning the ropes at linebacker, but everyone expects the immensely talented defender to make a big impact in his new position. Grissom, who came to OU from Hutchinson, Kan., as a defensive end, moved to tight end and then back, started working at linebacker in the spring. The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Grissom recorded 40 tackles — nine for loss — and 4.5 sacks last season. He spoke with reporters this week about his transition, other players on OU’s defense and the impressive Sooner freshman class. Q: How did the scrimmage last Saturday go for you? A: It could have been better. I’m probably one of my biggest critics. I didn’t play as well as I could

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops, ice cream man

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops rode onto the field in the Sooner Schooner following OU’s practice Friday, wearing a cowboy hat and delivering ice cream to his players. The Sooners wrapped up fall camp Friday, and will begin their regular, in-season practice schedule on Monday when classes start. OU opens the 2014 season at home Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech. SAVAGE MORE COMFORTABLE Oklahoma senior guard Dionte Savage didn’t play much most of last season after transferring from Arizona Western Community College, but he started the Sooners’ Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama and performed well. Savage’s start came because the Sooners’ left guard most of the season, Adam Shead, was injured and

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Norman Police close to finishing investigation into Joe Mixon incident

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    A Norman Police official said investigators were optimistic that the case would be turned over to Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn by the end of the week.




Jason Kersey Today at 2:48 PM RT @Eddie_Rado: #Sooners vs. Louisiana Tech - Pay-Per-View national channel listings: AT&T U-Verse (636/1636), DirecTV (785/785-1), Dish Ne…
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