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.

  • Bedlam women's basketball: Oklahoma State's Brittney Martin exorcises Bedlam demons in rout of Sooners

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

    Martin was spectacular in Saturday’s 73-42 rout of the Sooners. She scored 19 points — on nine-of-15 shooting — grabbed 14 rebounds and also recorded five assists, two blocks and two steals.

  • Oklahoma football: Former Sooner defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland joins staff as graduate assistant coach

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    NORMAN — Continuing with the tradition of giving opportunities to former Sooner players, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops added Jamarkus McFarland to his staff as a graduate assistant coach. McFarland, whose 2008 recruitment was chronicled in a memorable New York Times piece, graduated from OU in 2013. He appeared in 47 career games for the Sooners, recording 81 tackles and 7.5 sacks in his four years in Norman. A Lufkin, Texas, native, McFarland is the latest in a string of former Sooners to become members of Stoops’ staff, joining such names as Josh Heupel, Corey Callens, Marcus Walker and Joey Halzle. Former OU defensive lineman C.J.

  • Oklahoma women's gymnastics: Senior Keeley Kmieciak excited to be back on the floor

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma senior Keeley Kmieciak is finally back competing in the event she loves the most: The floor exercise. Because of injuries, Kmieciak was out of the Sooners’ floor lineup the last two years after competing as an all-around gymnast as a freshman. The Naperville, Ill., native is one of two OU all-around gymnasts this year, joining junior Chayse Capps. They are the first two Sooners to compete in every event since late in the 2014 season. Fourth-ranked OU opened its 2016 season with a narrow loss at LSU last week, but is hosting its first meet of the season Friday at 6:45 p.m. California and Texas Woman’s University will compete against the Sooners inside Lloyd Noble Center.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners pick up commitment from four-star offensive lineman Johncarlo Valentin

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up its 16th commitment for the 2016 recruiting class Thursday with four-star offensive lineman Johncarlo Valentin. Valentin, from Philadelphia’s Imhotep Institute Charter High School, is the fourth offensive line commitment for the Sooners in this class. The other three — JUCO transfers Ashton Julious and Ben Powers and Harrah’s Logan Roberson — all all early enrollees who will begin classes at OU next week. Valentin’s commitment comes on the first day after a recruiting “dead period,” during which college coaches aren’t allowed face-to-face contact with prospective student-athletes.

  • OU journal: New receiver Geno Lewis excited to finish career at Oklahoma

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Lewis, who graduated from Penn State last month, will begin classes at Oklahoma this semester with immediate eligibility for 2016 because of the NCAA’s graduate transfer exception.

  • Oklahoma football: In radio interview, Geno Lewis says he's 'excited' to be a Sooner

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    NORMAN — New Oklahoma wide receiver transfer Geno Lewis gave an interview Tuesday to KREF-AM 1400, and told hosts James Hale and Steve Marshall that he is excited for the opportunity to finish his college career as a Sooner. “I think it’s gonna be a great situation and I’m really excited to get down there and start making moves,” Lewis said during the interview. Lewis, who graduated from Penn State last month, will begin classes at Oklahoma this semester with immediate eligibility for 2016 because of the NCAA’s graduate transfer exception. The Sooners lost two of their top three receivers from last season in Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal.

  • Oklahoma football: Devante Bond, Nila Kasitati, Sterling Shepard, Eric Striker and Charles Tapper receive Combine invites

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    NORMAN — Former Oklahoma football players Sterling Shepard, Eric Striker, Charles Tapper, Devante Bond and Nila Kasitati have received invitations to the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, sources close to those players told The Oklahoman. Shepard finished his OU career with 3,482 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. The former Heritage Hall superstar was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist in 2015 and was twice named to the All-Big 12 first team. Shepard’s late father, Derrick, was an OU receiver in the 1980s and went on to play five NFL seasons. Striker established himself as one of the nation’s elite pass rushers over the last three seasons. The Tampa, Fla., native recorded a career 22.5 sacks and 45 tackles

  • Oklahoma football: Samaje Perine to miss spring practice after having surgery on his left ankle

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine underwent surgery on his left ankle Monday and will need between eight and 12 weeks to recover, a source close to Perine told The Oklahoman. That time frame means it is likely that Perine will miss some spring football practices, which always begin in early March.  Perine's operation took place at Lakeway Regional Medical Center, which is located near Austin, Texas. Perine is from nearby Pflugerville. According to social media posts, Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield — who is from Austin — visited Perine in the hospital. Perine suffered a left ankle injury in OU’s Nov. 21 home win over TCU, then appeared to re-injure it the next

  • Oklahoma football: Penn State receiver Geno Lewis announces he will transfer to OU with immediate eligibility

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    NORMAN — For all the excitement about next season following Oklahoma’s Big 12 championship and College Football Playoff berth, one major question mark about the 2016 Sooners is the wide receiver corps. OU loses two of its top three pass catchers — Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal — to graduation, and while the Sooners have lots of good, young receiving talent, they are fairly short on experience there. Oklahoma took a step to address that concern with the news that Penn State receiver Geno Lewis will transfer to OU. Lewis, who graduated from Penn State in December, will be immediately eligible in 2016. Over the last three seasons at Penn State, Lewis recorded 1,181 receiving yards and

  • Oklahoma football: Austin Seibert named to FWAA's Freshman All-America team

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s Austin Seibert was named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America team, the FWAA announced Monday afternoon. Seibert was joined on the team by Iowa State running back Mike Warren, who played at Lawton High School. Seibert, a Belleville, Ill., native, handled both placekicking and punting duties for the Sooners as a true freshman in 2015. He averaged 42 yards on 57 punts this season, while also making 18 of 23 field goal attempts and 70 of 72 extra point attempts. Warren, a redshirt freshman in 2015, rushed for 1,339 yards and five touchdowns for the Cyclones. He was named the Big 12’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year last month.

  • Oklahoma football: A look at the Sooners' current 2016 scholarship linebackers

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

    Senior-to-be Jordan Evans is the one returning linebacker with significant experience.

  • Oklahoma football: How will the Sooners replace all their lost linebacker experience in 2016?

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

    After the recent news that Dominique Alexander will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2016 NFL Draft, the Sooners are returning what seems like a perilously low amount of linebacker depth and experience.

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops says Joe Mixon helped Samaje Perine

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

    As a true freshman in 2014, Perine rushed for a Big 12-leading 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns, with much of that yardage coming late in the season when he became, essentially, OU’s only source of offensive production.

  • OU women's basketball: Peyton Little gets another shot at Kansas State

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

    NORMAN — Last time the Oklahoma women's basketball team played Kansas State, Peyton Little scored a career-high 30 points. The time before that, she scored 19. So it's safe to say the junior guard is excited for Sunday afternoon's game against the Wildcats. The matchup comes at a good time for Little, who seems to have broken out of a five-game slump during which she shot 27 percent from the field and didn't score in double figures. She scored 19 points in a loss to Baylor, then 15 in Wednesday's come-from-behind victory at TCU and shot 50 percent from the field over those two contests. The Sooners (11-3 overall, 2-1 Big 12) tip off against Kansas State at 1 p.m.

  • Oklahoma football: Former OU cornerback Marcus Green apparently headed to NEO

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Sat, Jan 9, 2016

    NORMAN — Former Oklahoma cornerback Marcus Green will continue his college football career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, according to Green’s Twitter account. Green, who appeared in eight games last season as a redshirt freshman, was listed as Zack Sanchez’s backup through much of the 2015 season. He had to miss the Sooners’ Oct. 24 win over Texas Tech with a sprained ankle, though, and early in that game, Sanchez was injured. With Green out, Dakota Austin entered that game and played well, then started the next two games in Sanchez’s place. Stoops announced two weeks before the Orange Bowl that Green had been “removed from the team.

  • Oklahoma football: Former center Ty Darlington starts blog to more fully express opinions

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Sat, Jan 9, 2016

    NORMAN — Former Oklahoma center Ty Darlington has never been one to shy away from publicly expressing his opinions, and now he has another forum in which to do that. Darlington — who played his final game as a Sooner in the Dec. 31 Orange Bowl against Clemson — started a blog called “Front and Center,” where he has vowed “transparency and honesty” in discussing a variety of issues related to college athletics and his experiences as a student-athlete. The former Sooner was one of 15 student-athlete representatives who were able to vote at the NCAA convention near Washington, D.C., last year. He received wide acclaim for his passion and articulation during those proceedings.

  • Oklahoma football: Samaje Perine to have surgery on left ankle

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jan 6, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine will have surgery Monday to repair torn ligaments in his left ankle, according to a Facebook post by his mother, Gloria. Perine first injured in the ankle in Oklahoma’s 30-29 win over TCU on Nov. 21, then appeared to reinjure it a week later in the Sooners’ Bedlam win. In Oklahoma’s 37-17 Orange Bowl loss to Clemson, Perine twice left the game favoring his left ankle. After the game, Perine said, “It wasn’t 100 percent going into the game, but that’s not an excuse I can lean on. It hurt, but I do what I have to do to help my team win. Unfortunately we didn’t do that tonight.

  • OU women's basketball: Q&A with Kaylon Williams

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    The Midwest City native played a season-high 31 minutes against Baylor, scoring 11 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

  • OU football journal: Sooners will face a vastly different Ohio State team in September

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    Eight Buckeye underclassmen so far have declared for the 2016 NFL Draft, including running back Ezekiel Elliott.

  • Oklahoma football: Looking back on the Sooners' 2012 signing class

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    NORMAN — On Feb. 1, 2012, after announcing his signing class for that year, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked if he’s more excited about that particular class than others. “I think it’s always, which is fair to say, look three, four years down the road and see what guys do because, you know, let’s face it: Nobody was doing backflips over Sam Bradford way back when and look what he did his last few years,” Stoops said then. “It’s always a little bit uncertain. I’m sure there will be guys here that maybe aren’t as heralded as others, that people aren’t talking about, that end up lighting it up and are really special players.

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Jason Kersey Today at 3:24 PM RT @kylefredrickson: Required Barry J. Sanders reading via @JenniCarlson_OK on the single mother who raised him (https://t.co/mIyAGmYZCa) #
Jason Kersey Today at 3:23 PM @kmattio No I mean the teams that get in as conference tourney champions. Are you doing the full bracket? (Again, sorry if I'm being stupid)
Jason Kersey Today at 3:21 PM @kmattio Sorry if this is a dumb Q and I missed it, but how do you guys decide the automatic bids?
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Jason Kersey Today at 2:59 PM RT @BarryJSanders26: I will be joining the Oklahoma State football program following my graduation from Stanford in June #GoPokes🍊🔫 https:/
Jason Kersey Today at 2:40 PM RT @jacobunruh: Last month, I reported Barry J. Sanders #OKState was option w/release. @kylefredrickson confirmed he's coming home. https:/
Jason Kersey Today at 2:38 PM @RyanRussell @McMurphyESPN @kylefredrickson @NewsOK He's graduating from Stanford w/ bachelor's degree. Going to OSU for grad school
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…
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Jason Kersey Today at 2:06 PM @s4stockton @kylefredrickson It was known that he was transferring (which @jacobunruh broke). Now we know the destination
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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…
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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…