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.


  • OU football notebook: Sooners add walk-on quarterback

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    SOONERS ADD WALK-ON QB With Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas dealing with some shoulder soreness during the summer, it was a welcome addition both for the quarterbacks and the wide receivers when OU added a pair of walk-ons at the position last month. Former Heritage Hall quarterback Connor McGinnis was expected but the Sooners also added Reece Clark of Cypress (Texas) Woods.

  • OU Football: Suspended linebacker Frank Shannon returns, with David Boren's blessing

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    As a sophomore, Shannon was the leading tackler on the Sooners’ 2013 Sugar Bowl champion team. He was considered one of the best players returning on a 2014 team with national championship aspirations, until an incident early on the morning of Jan. 20, 2014, that sent the talented linebacker’s life in an entirely different direction.

  • Oklahoma football: Lincoln Riley, Jay Boulware praise Joe Mixon's effort, ability

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said redshirt freshman running back Joe Mixon is learning the new “Air Raid” offensive system well. “This system maybe is a bigger change for the running backs than anyone else,” Riley said. “We’ve thrown a lot at him and he’s handled it well. He loves to play. He loves to be in meetings. He loves to practice. “His motivation is so high that learning that stuff is going to be no problem for him.” Mixon, a former five-star prospect in the Sooners’ 2014 signing class, was supposed to make an immediate impact as a true freshman before an off-the-field incident resulted in him being

  • Oklahoma football: Ty Darlington now 'the old guy' on Sooners' offensive line

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NORMAN — Senior center Ty Darlington sat at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas earlier this month, marveling at how time flies. He backed up Gabe Ikard his first two years on campus, then started all 13 games last season. “I went from being Gabe’s understudy and him showing me the ropes to now, I’m sitting here where Gabe was sitting two years ago,” Darlington said. “Now I have to be the old guy.” The Sooners lost five seniors off last year’s team who had starting experience. Darlington and senior right guard Nila Kasitati are the experienced guys on the 2015 offensive line. “It’s a very different dynamic but it’s one that I was preparing for,”

  • Oklahoma football: Specialists Nick Hodgson, Jack Steed are on scholarship

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma senior kicker Nick Hodgson and junior punter Jack Steed — who both joined the program as walk-ons — are on athletic scholarship, special teams coordinator Jay Boulware said this week. Hodgson, who has handled kickoff duties for the Sooners in every game the last two years, ranked second in the nation in both touchback percentage (67.1) and total touchbacks (58) in 2014. Boulware said he was awarded a scholarship at the beginning of the summer. Steed, from Katy, Texas, is a redshirt junior but has never appeared in a game. Boulware said he’s actually been on scholarship for the past couple of years now as he’s waited for his opportunity behind former OU punter Jed Barnett.

  • Oklahoma women's basketball: Sherri Coale praises sophomore point guard, gold medalist Gabbi Ortiz

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    NORMAN — Sherri Coale sat down for an interview with The Oklahoman after Wednesday’s Sooner Club Golf Tournament and said, “Let’s talk about Gabbi.” Sophomore Gabbi Ortiz started all seven games at this month’s FIBI U19 World Championship and helped lead Team USA to a gold medal. She averaged 2.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds during the event. Ortiz, from Racine, Wis., started all 33 games as a true freshman point guard last season for the Sooners. OU finished the season second in the Big 12 Conference and earned a 16th straight NCAA Tournament bid.

  • Oklahoma football: Jay Boulware disappointed he couldn’t reach Keith Ford

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    NORMAN — Jay Boulware admitted being disappointing by how things ended with former Sooner running back Keith Ford, who left the program in May after being suspended indefinitely. Boulware had only been Ford’s position coach for a short time before Ford’s suspension, which was for violating team and academic rules. Ford rushed for 503 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons at OU, but he suffered a leg injury in the middle of last season that forced him to miss five games. He told the Tulsa World after announcing his decision to transfer that he didn’t like playing under Boulware. His running backs coach the first two seasons was Cale Gundy, who now coaches inside receivers.

  • Oklahoma football: Nila Kasitati named to Polynesian player of the year watch list

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma senior right guard Nila Kasitati was named to the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award watch list, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced Tuesday. The award is presented annually to the best Polynesian college football player that displays great ability and integrity. Former Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota took the inaugural award last year. Five finalists will be announced Nov. 19, and the winner will be announced Dec. 8, 2015. The formal presentation will be Jan. 29, 2016 at the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Weekend.

  • Oklahoma football: Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley talks growing up in interview with hometown TV station

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Throughout Lincoln Riley’s enormously successful coaching career, he’s never forgotten where he came from. That was evident on the trip I took last month to Muleshoe, Texas to report on a profile of Oklahoma’s new offensive coordinator, and is also evident in a recent telephone interview Riley gave to Muleshoe’s local cable access station. Riley joined Channel 6’s Maggie Rennels for a nearly 14-minute phone interview this week. You can listen to the full interview here. We learn early on in the interview that when OU opens its 2015 season on Sept. 5 against Akron, Riley will be celebrating his 32nd birthday.

  • Former OU All-American and NFL player Steve Zabel found his life's work after football

    BY JASON KERSEY Staff Writer jkersey@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Zabel will enter the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday, Aug. 3 because of his athletic prowess. He was a first-team All-American football player at Oklahoma — where he played tight end and linebacker — then spent 10 years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Baltimore Colts. But 22 years ago, Zabel discovered his life’s work: Helping and caring for Oklahoma City’s homeless and less fortunate.

  • Oklahoma football: Teammates say Joe Mixon's play could keep him in the spotlight

    BY JASON KERSEY | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    NORMAN — It’s been exactly one year since the narrative changed surrounding Joe Mixon, who in an instant went from ballyhooed five-star running back prospect to suspended persona non grata.Mixon has worked his way back from that early-morning incident, when he punched a female OU student and broke four bones in her face. His coaches, teammates and fans vigorously defend his reinstatement, but in the post-Ray Rice era, they also understand that Mixon’s place on the team will continue to be debated, discussed and questioned.“People are going to talk about it,” said senior center Ty Darlington. “If he has the type of year that I believe he’s going to have, it’s going to get dragged into the spotlight. That’s the reality of

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Bill Hancock talks College Football Playoff's inaugural season, challenges

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from 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 the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/22/2015 -- College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock joins Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey to discuss the inaugural four-team playoff, the challenges that have come with the implementation of that system and his love of his home state of Oklahoma.

  • OU football: Eric Striker lets his personality shine

    BY JASON KERSEY | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    DALLAS — Eric Striker taunted mascots, ribbed media members for their clothing and told jokes. He also spoke sincerely about racial issues and, of course, the problems that plagued the Sooner football team last season and how he expects it to be different in 2015. In the aftermath of the fraternity chant that went viral and embarrassed the University of Oklahoma, Striker, a senior linebacker, said he wanted the public to see his personality, and boy did he show it Tuesday as he roamed the Dallas Omni Hotel, site of the 2015 Big 12 Media Days. “It’s been a fun day,” Striker said as the event ended Tuesday afternoon.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Eric Striker talks Instagram, the SAE incident and the OU defense

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from 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 the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/21/2015 -- OU linebacker Eric Striker joins Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey from Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, talking about his Instagram presence, his involvement in the aftermath of the SAE video incident and the OU defense's outlook for the upcoming season.

  • Big 12 Media Days: Dana Holgorsen remembers a young Lincoln Riley

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    DALLAS — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was coaching Texas Tech wide receivers when Lincoln Riley became a student assistant in the early 2000s. Riley had walked on to the Red Raiders’ team as a quarterback, but then-Tech coach Mike Leach noticed his intelligence and offered him a chance to begin a coaching career. “Mike Leach saw something in him, as a freshman quarterback,” Holgorsen said Monday. “And what he saw was a (crappy) player and a great mind. He said, ‘Do yourself a favor and hang up the cleats and start coaching. It might pay off for you eventually.’ “Obviously, 10 years later, he’s in a position that’s pretty favorable.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Live from Day One at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber,Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from 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 the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/20/2015 -- From the Dallas Omni Hotel, Ryan Aber, Jason Kersey and Kyle Fredrickson discuss Big 12 Media Days, Bob Bowlsby's press conference and the 2015 Sooners and Cowboys.

  • Bob Bowlsby: Big 12 hasn't discussed banning transfers with domestic violence and sexual assault histories

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    DALLAS — The Big 12 Conference has not discussed banning incoming transfers with histories of domestic violence or sexual assault, commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday morning at his media days news conference. The Southeastern Conference adopted a proposal stating schools can’t accept such transfers this summer. “I think it’s something we will talk about,” Bowlsby said. “The issue of kids with baggage, you can argue that nobody should be prohibited from being involved just because they make one mistake. On the other hand, kids that have histories don’t seem to have too much problem finding a place they can go play college sports.

  • Big 12: A look at the Big 12 heading into Media Days in Dallas

    By Jenni Carlson, Kyle Fredrickson and Jason Kersey | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    The Big 12 has made plenty of headlines over the past few months. Should the conference have a title game in football? Should it add any more schools? Should it maintain the status quo? Even though those questions will continue to be asked, we can now ask something else. Are you ready for some football? Monday marks the unofficial beginning to the football season with Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. For two days, players and coaches will try to offer answers about their teams. What are the strengths? What are the weaknesses? How will they fare? Before they take a stab at those questions, allow us to try with our Big 12 primer.

  • Big 12: Jason Kersey's Big 12 superlatives

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    OU beat writer Jason Kersey presents his 2015 preseason picks for Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year: OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEARTrevone Boykin, TCUBoykin looked like a superstar last season in his first year under the Doug Meacham/Sonny Cumbie offense, finishing fourth in Heisman voting. With that year of experience, he might win it in 2015.DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEARShawn Oakman, BaylorThe imposing, 6-foot-9 Oakman came back for his senior season and is proof that Baylor — for all its offensive success the past few years — is pretty good at defense, too.  NEWCOMER OF THE YEARDede Westbrook, OklahomaLast season, Oklahoma’s offense fell apart after Sterling Shepard was

  • Big 12: Jason Kersey's bold Big 12 predictions

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    OU beat writer Jason Kersey gives his three bold predictions for the 2015 Big 12 football season: 1. Kansas State wins at least one — and maybe two — games it isn’t supposed to win in October. The Wildcats host TCU and Oklahoma and travel to Oklahoma State and Texas that month.  2. Oklahoma loses its final three regular-season games to Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State, putting Bob Stoops squarely on the hot seat entering bowl season — especially if one or two of those losses are blowouts. 3. Mason Rudolph will give Trevone Boykin a run for his money as the All-Big 12 quarterback. I still think Boykin ultimately ends up on the first team, but Rudolph stepped into some high-pressure moments last year and performed well.




Jason Kersey Today at 9:04 AM On today's new Non-Fiction Writers podcast, we'll be joined by @Andy_Staples. Look for it online later this afternoon.
Jason Kersey Sun, Aug. 02 2015 09:01:41 PM CST RT @ryaber: No new uniforms for Sooner football this season http://t.co/RlsyFdt2Ek
Jason Kersey Sun, Aug. 02 2015 08:49:45 PM CST @tbowman88 Maybe, but it won't always be front and center. A lot depends on how he plays, how he handles media questioning, etc.
Jason Kersey Sun, Aug. 02 2015 08:43:10 PM CST OU football notebook: Sooners add walk-on quarterback http://t.co/lWGS1KvmmV
Jason Kersey Sun, Aug. 02 2015 08:40:45 PM CST Just wrapped up an appearance on the @BlatantHomerism podcast. Always a good, interesting discussion. Thanks to Allen for having me on
Jason Kersey Sun, Aug. 02 2015 08:38:25 PM CST @tbowman88 Newsworthy because he's back with the team. Not all of that story was rehash, either. Lots of new perspective, info, interviews
Jason Kersey Sun, Aug. 02 2015 07:47:29 PM CST RT @CRTChuck: Proud of my friend #AndyRieger for his decades of service to @NormanNews & @cityofnormanok will miss his guiding hand http://
Jason Kersey Sun, Aug. 02 2015 07:27:50 PM CST @OUNatChamps The story was about how he's been accepted back by everyone there. Maybe you should read it next time before spouting nonsense
Jason Kersey Sun, Aug. 02 2015 02:16:27 PM CST RT @Kenny_Mossman: There is no new uniform coming for @OU_Football this season. #Sooners
Jason Kersey Sat, Aug. 01 2015 08:17:17 PM CST An OU Title IX panel voted to expel Frank Shannon, but that was reduced to a 1-year suspension on appeal: http://t.co/qUEoAjHEqk
Jason Kersey Sat, Aug. 01 2015 08:01:15 PM CST OU Football: Suspended linebacker Frank Shannon returns, with David Boren's blessing http://t.co/qUEoAjHEqk
Jason Kersey Fri, Jul. 31 2015 06:03:18 PM CST Oklahoma notebook: Offensive coaches praise Mixon's effort, ability http://t.co/aA3zMmWhJl
Jason Kersey Fri, Jul. 31 2015 04:29:42 PM CST RT @ginamizell: So, so, so happy to hear @cowboyvoice has has kicked cancer's behind. Bet that first "Here comes Bullet!" will be extra spe…
Jason Kersey Fri, Jul. 31 2015 03:25:36 PM CST .@TyDarlington56 is suddenly "the old guy" on OU's offensive line: http://t.co/W31G0I3rNG #Sooners
Jason Kersey Fri, Jul. 31 2015 03:12:40 PM CST @Braden12ledford That's how I read it
Jason Kersey Fri, Jul. 31 2015 02:46:38 PM CST @IsThisShitOn @soonerfann @Just_JD38 That said, he's probably got people smarter than me advising him. :)
Jason Kersey Fri, Jul. 31 2015 02:46:20 PM CST @IsThisShitOn @soonerfann @Just_JD38 It would go a long way toward getting people off his (and Stoops') back if he issued a public apology
Jason Kersey Fri, Jul. 31 2015 02:24:33 PM CST Oklahoma football: Ty Darlington now 'the old guy' on Sooners' offensive line http://t.co/W31G0HLQp6
Jason Kersey Fri, Jul. 31 2015 02:21:14 PM CST .@cowboyvoice Fantastic news!
Jason Kersey Fri, Jul. 31 2015 02:21:00 PM CST RT @cowboyvoice: Prayer POSSE you did it... Pet scan showed no cancer!! I'm cleared for some @CowboyFB #blessed #downgoescancer http://t.c

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