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: Kyler Murray plans to play baseball at OU next spring

    Oklahoma football: Kyler Murray plans to play...

    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

    Oklahoma football: Quarterback Kyler Murray...

    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

    Oklahoma football: Lincoln Riley \'understood\'...

    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

    Oklahoma football: Dakota Austin confident he...

    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

    Oklahoma football: Calvin Thibodeaux beams...

    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

    Oklahoma football: Bill Bedenbaugh assesses...

    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

    Oklahoma football: Jeffery Mead looking for...

    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'

    Oklahoma football: Defensive tackle Charles...

    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.

  • NCAA Tournament: Texas A&M uses late rally to stun Northern Iowa

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Mar 21, 2016

    Texas A&M senior Jalen Jones was handed a stat sheet as he walked onto a stage in the bowels of Chesapeake Energy Arena for the postgame news conference. Looking at it, he shook his head and smiled. Aggies coach Billy Kennedy admitted he would have to watch the game again because, “I still don’t know what happened, to be honest with you.” Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson expressed similar sentiment, saying he won’t ever have a good answer for what happened to his team’s double-digit lead with 33 seconds left in regulation. Put simply, Jacobson’s underdog squad ran out of magic.

  • NCAAs in OKC: A look at Sunday's action by the numbers

    NCAAs in OKC: A look at Sunday\'s action by the...

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Mar 20, 2016

    Here is a look at Sunday's NCAA Tournament games in Oklahoma City by the numbers: 0: Shots attempted by VCU junior center Mo Alie-Cox in the first half of his team's loss to Oklahoma. 3: The number of fouls VCU's Michael Gilmore got in one first-half possession. They came in a 15-second span. 4: The number of turnovers forced by Texas A&M in a wild final 35 seconds of regulation against Northern Iowa. 9: The number of consecutive field goals missed by Texas A&M during a seven-minute stretch in the first half against Northern Iowa. 6-0: Oklahoma's record in NCAA Tournament games played in its home state. $280,511,059: The combined athletic revenue of Texas and Texas A&M for the 2013-14 school year,

  • NCAA Tournament: For Northern Iowa, it's another shining moment

    NCAA Tournament: For Northern Iowa, it\'s...

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Mar 19, 2016

    After the ball left Paul Jesperson's hands, flew through the air, banked off the backboard and through the net, Northern Iowa radio play-by-play man Gary Rima, understandably, went berserk. “It's good! It is good! It is good! He made the shot! He made the shot from the halfcourt line! Oh baby!” Then Rima, from his courtside seat, screamed something else almost anyone watching — excluding, of course, anyone wearing burnt orange — probably felt in that moment. “I love this team!” What's not to love? Jesperson's half-court buzzer-beater knocked off No. 6-seed Texas 70-67 and sent UNI alumnus Kurt Warner — a guy who won one Super Bowl and played in two others — running and screaming through the

  • NCAA Tournament: Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy hopes team "got the jitters out"

    NCAA Tournament: Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy...

    By Jason Kersey and Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writers | Published: Sat, Mar 19, 2016

    Third-seeded Texas A&M beat Green Bay 92-65 Friday in an NCAA Tournament first round game, but it wasn't all smooth sailing for the Aggies. Green Bay — a No. 14 seed playing in its first NCAA Tournament in 20 years — led by eight midway through the first half after forcing several A&M turnovers. But ithe Aggies were also playing in their first NCAA Tournament in a while. Texas A&M hadn't been in the field since 2011, and last won a Tournament game in 2010. “Hopefully we got the jitters out, especially in the beginning,” said Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy, whose team plays Northern Iowa in the late game Sunday in Oklahoma City. “I thought we were going way too fast. I thought maybe it was nerves.

  • NCAA Tournament: Northern Iowa stuns Texas

    NCAA Tournament: Northern Iowa stuns Texas

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Sat, Mar 19, 2016

    Paul Jesperson's shot banked through the net just after the final buzzer sounded, sending 11th-seeded Northern Iowa’s players and fans into a frenzy and lifting the Panthers past No. 6 seed Texas with a 75-72 win Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • NCAA Tournament: Paul Jesperson's buzzer beater from halfcourt lifts Northern Iowa past Texas

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    Paul Jesperson reached to catch the inbound pass, made one crossover dribble toward midcourt and heaved a prayer from just behind the halfcourt line. The senior guard’s shot banked through the net just after the final buzzer sounded, sending 11th-seeded Northern Iowa’s players and fans into a frenzy and lifting the Panthers past No. 6 seed Texas with a 75-72 win Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. UNI advances to face No. 3 seed Texas A&M in the second round Sunday afternoon. Friday’s victory comes six years after Northern Iowa recorded one of the biggest wins in program history in the same arena and against the same conference. The Panthers

  • NCAA Tournament: Walk-on senior Kyle Dobbins gets 'one shining moment' in Texas A&M's rout of Green Bay

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    As the game clock ticked beneath the three-minute mark, Kyle Dobbins sat on the Texas A&M bench, ecstatic over his team’s resounding victory over Green Bay in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But then Dobbins began to notice a chant coming from the Aggie contingent in the Chesapeake Energy Arena stands — and growing louder by the second. “We want Dob-bins! We want Dob-bins!” Texas A&M assistant coach Amir Abdur-Rahim leaned down the bench, pointed at Dobbins and yelled, “Go in!” Each March, the nation falls in love with underdogs throughout the NCAA Tournament field, scratching and clawing for that one shining moment.

  • NCAA Tournament: OSU public address announcer Larry Reece representing the Cowboys in OKC

    NCAA Tournament: OSU public address announcer...

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    Reece, Oklahoma State’s football and basketball public address announcer, handled the PA duties in Chesapeake Energy Arena during Friday’s first-round NCAA Tournament games, and will return for Sunday’s second-round games.

  • NCAA Tournament: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy visits Oklahoma City to watch alma mater

    NCAA Tournament: House Majority Leader Kevin...

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    Cal State-Bakersfield participated in its first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament this season, opening against Oklahoma in Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Roadrunners had a special guest in the house for the occasion. U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — the House majority leader — sat in the front row at The Peake to watch his alma mater take on the Sooners. McCarthy graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Bakersfield in 1989 and an MBA in 1994. He was elected to Congress in 2006. McCarthy was born in Bakersfield and has lived there his entire life.

  • NCAA Tournament: Q&A with Texas beat writer Brian Davis

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    Chesapeake Energy Arena plays host to four first-round NCAA Tournament games on Friday. To answer all the burning questions facing each team, The Oklahoman reached out to newspaper beat writers who have covered their journeys to Oklahoma City. Brian Davis covers Texas for The Austin American-Statesman. You can follow his work on Twitter: @BDavisAAS. Texas faces Northern Iowa at 8:50 p.m. Friday on TBS. Q: What impact — if any — do you expect Cameron Ridley to have in the Tournament? A: I’ll reframe the question a tad. During the 2014 football season, Tank Jackson suffered a broken foot during a September game and couldn’t get cleared to practice the following spring. Ridley suffered a

  • NCAA Tournament: Q&A with Northern Iowa beat writer Jeremiah Davis

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    Chesapeake Energy Arena plays host to four first-round NCAA Tournament games on Friday. To answer all the burning questions facing each team, The Oklahoman reached out to newspaper beat writers who have covered their journeys to Oklahoma City. Jeremiah Davis covers Northern Iowa for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. You can follow his work on Twitter: @jeremiahdavis10. Northern Iowa faces Texas at 8:50 p.m. Friday on TBS. Q: Northern Iowa went through a pretty substantial mid-season slump. What was the key to getting things turned around? A: There were a couple things that happened out of the 2-6 start to Missouri Valley Conference play – a few literal, the other existential. UNI got a much more




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Jason Kersey Fri, May. 27 2016 09:50:57 AM CST RT @slmandel: Ole Miss just finally released its Notice of Allegations. Dumping it a day after Baylor report -- perfect.
Jason Kersey Thu, May. 26 2016 07:39:04 PM CST RT @johnehoover: John E. Hoover: Don’t you dare try to defend Art Briles. Don’t you dare #Baylor #SicEm https://t.co/oQ31fOUhXB
Jason Kersey Thu, May. 26 2016 07:13:20 PM CST @BarrettSallee I'm very much looking forward to the A&M vs. Texas bidding war after next season.
Jason Kersey Thu, May. 26 2016 07:10:16 PM CST @ralphDrussoAP I looked so bad, in fact, that @BerryTramel made me do a "call-in" with him from just outside the studio.
Jason Kersey Thu, May. 26 2016 07:07:40 PM CST @ralphDrussoAP Once a couple yrs ago I went up to The Oklahoman like a slob & got dragged into the studio. I've been prepared since then.
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Jason Kersey Thu, May. 26 2016 05:30:02 PM CST @tjsdomer2 @ESPN_ReceDavis I feel like pro FB is his only option. He can focus on football and isn't responsible for a campus full of people
Jason Kersey Thu, May. 26 2016 05:26:59 PM CST Briles' only hope to coach again is to make an unqualified apology for losing sight of what's important, right? https://t.co/LMxZqxtgat
Jason Kersey Thu, May. 26 2016 04:40:33 PM CST @slmandel I don't think he should ever coach at a high school again, either.
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