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: P.J. Mbanasor still learning from rough experience against Tulsa

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Mar 29, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks likes to teach using examples. That’s why he still — more than six months later — brings up the Sooners’ Sept. 19, 2015 game against Tulsa when he is coaching sophomore cornerback P.J. Mbanasor. Because starter Jordan Thomas was suspended for that game, Mbanasor — then a true freshman — was forced into a starting role that day, and things didn’t go great. Tulsa racked up 603 yards of total offense, with 427 of those passing. The Golden Hurricane were especially effective picking on the inexperienced Mbanasor, who was mostly lined up against Tulsa senior Jordan Atkinson. Atkinson finished the game with 10

  • OU basketball journal: Buddy Hield a unanimous AP All-America selection

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Staff Writers raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Mar 29, 2016

    Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield was one of two unanimous selections to The Associated Press’ 2015-16 All-America team.

  • Oklahoma men's basketball: Football coach Bob Stoops will attend Final Four, praises Lon Kruger

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Mar 29, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops stepped up to the scrum of reporters after Monday’s spring football practice for his first interview in more than three weeks, but his own squad wasn’t the first thing he wanted to talk about. “How about that Sooner basketball team?” Stoops said with a grin. Stoops said he plans on traveling to Houston for the Sooner men’s basketball team’s appearance in the Final Four. OU faces Villanova in a national semifinal at 5:09 p.m. Saturday. The OU football coach had high praise for his men’s basketball counterpart, Lon Kruger. “He’s just so detailed in everything he does,” Stoops said. “His success is

  • Oklahoma football: Dalton Wood leaves program — again

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Mar 28, 2016

    NORMAN — Dalton Wood has been removed from the Oklahoma football roster. Again. Wood, a former McAlester High standout, is no longer a Sooner, sources confirmed to The Oklahoman on Monday evening. And presumably, this time it’s for good. Wood became a surprise commitment for Oklahoma’s 2015 signing class. He had no other scholarship offers and was seemingly plucked from obscurity by OU assistant Jay Boulware on September 28, 2014. He signed with the Sooners the next February and showed up for summer workouts, but then left after less than a day on campus. He told the Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey in January — after months of radio silence — that his departure was

  • Oklahoma football: Safety Hatari Byrd dismissed from the program for team rules violation

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Mar 28, 2016

    NORMAN — Senior safety Hatari Byrd has been dismissed from the Oklahoma football team for violating team rules, coach Bob Stoops confirmed to reporters after Monday’s practice. Because the dismissal came during the spring before his senior season and Byrd never redshirted at OU, he will have the opportunity to transfer with a year of eligibility left after sitting out next season, per NCAA transfer rules. “He’ll (transfer) with our blessing and make somebody a good hand,” Stoops said. Thus ends what was, without question, a disappointing Oklahoma football career. Byrd was ranked among the top prospects in the country coming out of Central East High in Fresno, Calif.

  • Oklahoma football: Baker Mayfield, Samaje Perine listed in early Heisman Trophy odds

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Mar 28, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and running back Samaje Perine are listed among the top college football players expected to make a run at the Heisman Trophy according to updated odds released Monday by SuperBook.ag. Mayfield — the fourth-place finisher in last year’s Heisman voting — is listed at 10-1 odds. Perine, who has rushed for 3,062 yards and 37 touchdowns in two seasons on campus, is at 20-1 odds. The current Heisman favorite is Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson at 5-1, followed by Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (6-1), LSU running back Leonard Fournette (6-1) and then Mayfield. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph is also listed at 50-1.

  • Oklahoma football: Texas receivers Jalen Reagor, Charleston Rambo commit to Sooners within minutes of each other

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Mar 28, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up a pair of pledges from Texas wide receivers on Sunday, bringing its total list of 2017 commitments to 11 with just under 10 months to go until signing day. The Sooners added commitments from Jalen Reagor (Waxahachie, Texas) and Charleston Rambo (Cedar Hill, Texas) within a 10-minute span, during which both receivers announced their decisions on Twitter. Reagor, a three-star prospect, also held scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, among others. He was committed to Texas Tech until March 10. Rambo — ranked as the No.

  • Oklahoma football: Still nursing a shoulder injury, Jordan Evans helping young linebackers this spring

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Mar 28, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma senior linebacker Jordan Evans is taking it easy this spring while he recovers from a shoulder injury suffered in the Orange Bowl. “I’m just working a lot on my technique,” Evans said last week. “No contact as of now, but I should be cleared here shortly. Just really what I’m doing this spring is doing some individual work with Coach (Tim) Kish and helping these young guys get to where they need to be.” Evans, a former Norman North standout, recorded 78 tackles last season and is the clear leader of a position group that must replace virtually every other contributor entering 2016.

  • Thibodeaux excited to coach some of the ones who got away

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Mar 26, 2016

    NORMAN — Twice in three years, Calvin Thibodeaux lost a recruit to the Sooners, first as a Tulsa assistant coach then at Kansas. Defensive tackle Matthew Romar visited TU on Jan. 18, 2013, then Oklahoma a week later before choosing the Sooners. Then just two months ago, Thibodeaux very nearly convinced four-star defensive end Amani Bledsoe to stay home in Lawrence, Kan., and play for the Jayhawks, but the Sooner tradition won out. “Anytime a guy would pick this place and anytime I lost him, I was like, ‘OK, I get it. I get it,'” said Thibodeaux, now Oklahoma's defensive line coach. As a Sooner defensive end, Thibodeaux was part of three Big 12 championship teams from 2002-2006 and earned all-conference

  • Oklahoma football: Rodney Anderson is '100 percent,' ready to make impact in 2016

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson said he’s “100 percent” this spring after he was forced into a medical redshirt early last season. Anderson, a four-star prospect who signed with OU in 2015, broke a non-weight bearing bone in his left leg while playing on kickoff coverage in the Sooners’ win at Tennessee last September. Players who suffer injuries and don’t play more than 30 percent of a team’s season are automatically eligible for a medical redshirt under NCAA rules. “It’s tough watching on the sidelines when you want to be in there and fight with all your brothers,” Anderson said after a recent practice.

  • Oklahoma football: Linebacker Ricky DeBerry took advantage of redshirt year, hoping to contribute in 2016

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Mar 24, 2016

    NORMAN — Ricky DeBerry was one of the highest-rated prospects in Oklahoma’s 2015 signing class and many expected him to get on the field as a true freshman last season. But because Oklahoma’s first- and second-team linebackers played so well, immediate playing time wasn’t in the cards for DeBerry. He redshirted, a situation that he said was tough at first. “Going through it, it was definitely tough because I’m so used to playing,” DeBerry said after practice earlier this week. “But as I matured and actually got to thinking, it was like a developmental year for me, mentally, physically.” DeBerry said he used the year to learn the playbook and get in better

  • Oklahoma football: Kyler Murray plans to play baseball at OU next spring

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    NORMAN — New Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray wasn’t just a five-star football prospect coming out of Allen (Texas) High School. He was also a baseball star who could have been a first-round MLB Draft pick last summer if he’d chosen to go that route. Before Murray made it clear that he was focused on his college career, ESPN.com’s Keith Law had him ranked as the No. 32 prospect for the 2015 draft. As a true freshman, Murray started three games — and appeared in eight — at quarterback for Texas A&M last season, throwing for 686 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions while also rushing for 335 yards and another score.

  • Oklahoma football: Quarterback Kyler Murray quickly fell in love with his new home

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Mar 24, 2016

    NORMAN — Kyler Murray thought back to his first workout in Oklahoma two months ago and declared it the moment he knew he’d made the right transfer decision. The Sooners were lifting weights in their temporary facilities — OU’s nice new weight room is currently under construction and won’t be available until after next season — and Murray said it reminded him of high school. “We were maxing,” Murray said. “It felt like high school all over again. Guys were fired up for each other. We're in a weight room that's damn near like a garage back like in the high school days. “The camaraderie of the team just felt great. I knew from then on that this was the

  • Oklahoma football: Lincoln Riley 'understood' Cody Thomas' decision to focus on baseball

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Mar 24, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley was asked earlier this month if he was disappointed to lose quarterback Cody Thomas, who chose to leave the football team to focus on baseball this spring. “I wouldn’t say disappointed,” Riley responded. “I don’t think that would be the right word. I understood it. Guys have got to do what they are passionate about.” Thomas appeared in 12 career football games with three starts — all coming during the 2014 season — but after Baker Mayfield’s emergence last season and the addition of Austin Kendall and Kyler Murray, he decided the diamond presented a better shot at athletic success.

  • Oklahoma football: Dakota Austin confident he will replace Zack Sanchez as starting cornerback

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Mar 23, 2016

    NORMAN — Senior cornerback Dakota Austin’s Twitter bio reads, in part, “Starting Corner @ OU.” Is a breaking news alert in order? Have OU coaches already decided who will replace Zack Sanchez next season in the lineup? Not quite. Austin is just exuding the confidence he knows is necessary to win the job. Sanchez’s position is the only open spot in the Sooner secondary entering 2017. Safeties Steven Parker and Ahmad Thomas are back, as well as nickelback Will Johnson and cornerback Jordan Thomas. Austin was lightly recruited out of Lancaster, Texas. Rivals only considered him a two-star prospect, but OU came with a late offer and Austin pounced on it.

  • Oklahoma football: Calvin Thibodeaux beams during first media session since becoming an OU assistant coach

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Mar 23, 2016

    NORMAN — Calvin Thibodeaux smiled throughout the entirety of his first interview session with reporters in Norman, saying he finally had his “dream job.” Thibodeaux, hired to coach OU defensive linemen last month, played for the Sooners from 2002 through 2006. He was part of three Big 12 championship teams, played in four BCS bowl games and was an All-Big 12 selection in 2005. He said he’s happy to be home, but there’s one thing Thibodeaux said he’ll never be comfortable enough to do: Call Bob Stoops anything other than “Coach.” “It’s always ‘Coach’ to this day,” Thibodeaux said after Tuesday’s spring practice.

  • Oklahoma football: Bill Bedenbaugh assesses offensive line entering 2016

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Mar 23, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma returns starting offensive tackles and sophomores Orlando Brown and Dru Samia next season, but the guys in between them will be a little different. Jonathan Alvarez — OU’s starting left guard for most of last season — will move to his more natural position and start at center. That leaves two starting guard positions open, and what happens with those spots remains to be seen. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh said Samia is versatile enough that he could conceivably play any position on the line. “We have some good centers we feel good about, but I’m probably just going to work (Samia) at guard and tackle,” Bedenbaugh said. Bobby Evans will

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners quarterback commit Chris Robison shines at Dallas Rivals Camp

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Mar 23, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma 2017 quarterback commit Chris Robison starred last weekend at the Dallas Rivals Camp, earning position MVP honors and an invitation to Rivals’ Five-Star Challenge in Baltimore this summer. Robison, from Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas, has been committed to the Sooners since last June. He is currently ranked by Rivals as the No. 96 overall player — and the sixth-best dual-threat quarterback — in the 2017 recruiting class. All told, six OU commits participated in the Dallas camp last weekend.

  • Oklahoma football: Jeffery Mead looking for breakout junior season

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Mar 23, 2016

    NORMAN — Junior wide receiver and former Tulsa Union standout Jeffery Mead is hoping this is finally the year that he plays up to his potential. Mead didn’t redshirt as a true freshman in 2014 and played some, but didn’t register any catches that season. Last year, he caught six passes for 66 yards and one touchdown. Two of those grabs came in the Orange Bowl against Clemson. Asked what he’s working on this spring, Mead said, “Same thing as said last year. Development. Figuring out how to use my body. I’m a lot stronger than I was last year so it’s development.” The opportunity is certainly there for Mead this season.

  • Oklahoma football: Defensive tackle Charles Walker hopes this is his 'last spring'

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Mar 23, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma junior defensive tackle Charles Walker is hopeful that this season could be his last one in college. Walker, who was tied for second on the team last season with 10 tackles for loss and third with six sacks, told reporters after Tuesday’s spring practice that he hopes to be ready for the NFL after next season. The reason? His young daugther. “I’m trying to make this my last spring, last summer, last fall so I can provide for her,” Walker said. Walker missed the Sooners’ Orange Bowl loss to Clemson because of a concussion suffered in practice that week. He said that if it wasn’t for that, he might have made the jump to the NFL this spring.

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Jason Kersey Today at 6:54 PM ESPN went to a commercial break RIGHT as they were about to announce Sterling. The whole room was pretty bummed #Sooners
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Jason Kersey Today at 6:32 PM Kansas City Chiefs are now on the clock. I was told they called Sterling today, so this is a possibility #Sooners
Jason Kersey Today at 6:31 PM Durron Neal just arrived for Sterling Shepard's draft party #Sooners
Jason Kersey Today at 6:06 PM Sterling Shepard holding two phones, waiting for that call. Can't imagine it'll take too long #Sooners https://t.co/hkGijSXmDH
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