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: Week One depth chart released

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Oklahoma released its Week One depth chart Monday evening, a few days before the 2015 season kicks off against Akron on Owen Field. Here is a look at the depth chart. To download and save a copy, click here. It appears you don't have a PDF plugin for this browser. No biggie... you can click here to download the PDF file.

  • OU football notebook: DirecTV and U-Verse PPV details set for OU-Akron

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey, staff writers | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse will carry the broadcast nationally, joining Cox, Suddenlink, PTSI, Cim-Tel and Pioneer cable systems in Oklahoma and Texas.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Breaking down the first 2015 OU depth chart

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: 18 hr ago

    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: 09/01/2015 -- Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey discuss this weekend’s Akron game and the recently released OU depth chart.

  • Oklahoma football: Some thoughts on the first depth chart

    Jason Kersey | Yesterday

    NORMAN — Oklahoma released its Week One depth chart Monday evening. You can check that out here. I wanted to get the depth chart posted as quickly as possible, but want to use this post to give a few quick thoughts about it. There were a couple surprises. * Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon topping the running back position is no surprise at all, obviously, but I was a little surprised that Daniel Brooks is No. 3 and Alex Ross isn’t listed. Ross was the team’s second-leading rusher last season, averaged 6.8 yards per carry and even started last year’s season opener. Obviously, what this says is that Brooks is a much better fit in Lincoln Riley’s new offense than is Ross.

  • Oklahoma football: Samaje Perine tops first top-10 Sooners list of 2015

    Jason Kersey | Yesterday

    NORMAN — Oklahoma kicks off the 2015 season with Saturday evening’s game against Akron on Owen Field, and it’s Tuesday morning. That means that for the first time in several months, it’s time to update my list of the top-10 Sooner football players. I last completed this list the week after Oklahoma’s regular-season finale loss to Oklahoma State in 2014. I didn’t re-rank the players after the Russell Athletic Bowl because, frankly, it didn’t seem like there were 10 players worth ranking after that 40-6 debacle. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below. Previous rankings are in parentheses. Samaje Perine, So.

  • OU football notebook: How freshman Austin Seibert won the Sooners' kicking and punting job

    By JASON KERSEY, RYAN ABER AND BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

      True freshman Austin Seibert will handle field goal kicking and punting duties in Oklahoma's season opener against Akron this weekend, coach Bob Stoops announced at his Monday news conference. Seibert hit 13 field goals as a senior at Belleville West (Ill.) High School, with a long of 51 yards. He also averaged 44.89 yards per punt. “He has a great mentality about it all,” Stoops said of Seibert. “He's been confident about it. “The other day we were in the stadium for a simulated scrimmage. We had a two-minute drill in the middle of practice. To win it, he had to kick a 52-yard field goal and put it right through.” Stoops said that senior Nick Hodgson, who was competing with Seibert to kick

  • OU football: Joe Mixon's highly anticipated debut only a few days away

    BY JASON KERSEY   | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Mixon makes his highly anticipated college football debut Saturday evening, when Oklahoma opens the 2015 season on Owen Field against Akron.

  • Oklahoma football: True freshman Austin Seibert will kick field goals and punt in season opener

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    NORMAN — True freshman Austin Seibert will handle field goal kicking and punting duties in Oklahoma’s season opener against Akron this weekend, coach Bob Stoops announced at his Monday news conference. Seibert hit 13 field goals as a senior at Belleville West (Ill.) High School, with a long of 51 yards. He also averaged 44.89 yards per punt. “He has a great mentality about it all,” Stoops said of Seibert. “He’s been confident about it. “The other day we were in the stadium for a simulated scrimmage. We had a two-minute drill in the middle of practice. To win it, he had to kick a 52-yard field goal and put it right through.

  • Oklahoma football: Du'Vonta Lampkin's eligibility still up in the air

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said freshman defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin still hasn’t been released from the National Letter of Intent he signed with Texas, and that Texas still hasn’t denied Lampkin admission into school. Lampkin, who committed to the Sooners in November 2013 and then decommitted the next summer, signed with the Longhorns on national signing day in February, but two days after that, UT defensive line coach Chris Rumph left for Florida. Lampkin, a Houston native, announced at a summer news conference that he couldn’t satisfy Texas’ foreign language requirement so he would be attending a different college.

  • Q&A: SmartFootball.com's Chris Brown talks Air Raid offense

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Chris Brown started getting interested in football strategy as a high schooler in the 1990s, when he attended football camps at places like Tulane and Kentucky. At Tulane’s camp, his coach was Rich Rodriguez, and at Kentucky, his coach was Mike Leach. “I was fortunate,” Brown said. He didn’t play college football, but attended Purdue and got in good with the coaches there, so he continued learning more and more about the game. Today, Brown runs SmartFootball.com, a website devoted to studying the game in-depth. He’s written articles for other websites and also authored books, the most recent of which — “The Art of Smart Football” — was released this summer

  • OU football: Improvement in the defensive backfield will be key to Oklahoma's 2015 season

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Oklahoma was miserable against the pass in 2014 and that fact contributed heavily to the Sooners’ fall from College Football Playoff contender to an 8-5 record, capped by a humiliating 40-6 Russell Athletic Bowl loss to Clemson.

  • OU football notebook: Evans, Shannon competing for starting spot

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Regardless of who wins the starting inside linebacker spot between Jordan Evans and Frank Shannon, the Sooners will have plenty of experience there. Evans started all 13 games last season, finishing second on the team in tackles, and Shannon started all 13 games the season before. Shannon was forced to miss all of last year while serving a one-year university suspension. “Competition is what it's all about at every position,” said linebackers coach Tim Kish. “It's what make you a better team. It's been awesome. “They've been great together. They know what's at stake. To be honest, we'll need everyone at the end of the day. What everyone's role will be will be determined as the season progress.

  • Bill Bedenbaugh's experience makes him the perfect Air Raid offensive line coach for Oklahoma

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    NORMAN — In less than a week, the Air Raid offense will return to Oklahoma when the Sooners kick off the 2015 season at home against Akron. New offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and new starting quarterback Baker Mayfield are getting most of the attention — not undeservedly — but an important, yet sometimes overlooked, part of this system is offensive line play. And Oklahoma couldn't possibly have a better Air Raid offensive line coach. “Maybe the No. 1 selling point to come here,” Riley said. “There's probably not a more experienced line coach for this system than him. It's as big as it gets.

  • OU football: Q&A with Sooner safety Steven Parker

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Parker, a former Jenks standout, started four games last season as a true freshman and appeared in all 13, recording 31 tackles and breaking up six passes.

  • OU notebook: Quarterback commit Austin Kendall falls on Rivals250 list

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Kendall, from Waxhaw, N.C., was ranked No. 72 overall, but is now 161st on the list.

  • Oklahoma football: Quarterback commit Austin Kendall drops 89 spots in latest Rivals250

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma 2016 quarterback commitment Austin Kendall fell 89 spots in the latest Rivals250, ranking the top college football prospects in the country. Kendall, from Waxhaw, N.C., was ranked No. 72 overall, but is now 161st on the list. He committed to the Sooners on Aug. 7. “Kendall has a chance to be prolific in Oklahoma’s offense, but this offseason could have gone better for him,” wrote Rivals Mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst Adam Friedman. “He throws the ball with great accuracy and his mechanics are crisp, but there were moments when he had trouble matching his timing with the receivers and hitting them in stride. Those things will come as he gains more experience.

  • Would Trevor Knight transfer from OU?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    OU UPDATE -- The Sooners have selected Baker Mayfield as their quarterback. So, what will happen to Trevor Knight? A transfer? A special role in the offense? Jenni Carlson and Jason Kersey discuss.

  • OU football notebook: Trevor Knight among Sooners' captains

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber, Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Knight was elected a team captain for the second straight season by his teammates. In addition to Knight, center Ty Darlington, right guard Nila Kasitati, linebacker Eric Striker and defensive end Charles Tapper will be captains.

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops confirms Du'Vonta Lampkin is on campus, will receive scholarship

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirmed Monday that freshman defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin is on campus and in the process of joining the football team. “Good to have Du’Vonta here,” Stoops said. Stoops said Lampkin didn’t practice Monday, as he still has to be medically cleared like every newcomer. Lampkin, from Houston, committed to the Sooners as a high school junior in November 2013, but decommitted the following summer. He then committed to Texas, signing with the Longhorns last February. But two days after signing day, Texas defensive line coach Chris Rumph announced he was leaving to take the same position at Florida. Lampkin was openly upset about the

  • Oklahoma football: Trevor Knight loses quarterback battle, but still elected team captain

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    NORMAN — Trevor Knight may have lost the preseason quarterback derby to Baker Mayfield, but Knight will remain an important leader for the team. Knight was elected a team captain for the second straight season by his teammates. In addition to Knight, center Ty Darlington, right guard Nila Kasitati, linebacker Eric Striker and defensive end Charles Tapper will be captains. Knight and Striker were both captains last season as well. “(Knight) has the respect of the team,” Stoops said. Knight has appeared in 18 games over the past two seasons — with 15 starts — and completed 57.3 percent of his pass attempts for 3,119 yards, 23 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.




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Jason Kersey Tue, Sep. 01 2015 11:45:15 PM CST RT @ryaber: OU football: Nearly four years removed from his last football game at Purcell, Cole Swayze has walked on http://t.co/bGHYW47GXB
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Jason Kersey Tue, Sep. 01 2015 10:13:06 PM CST OU football notebook: DirecTV and U-Verse PPV details set for OU-Akron http://t.co/dnhLupmRYl
Jason Kersey Tue, Sep. 01 2015 10:13:06 PM CST The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Breaking down the first 2015 OU depth chart http://t.co/b3hTpTOMsM
Jason Kersey Tue, Sep. 01 2015 07:57:12 PM CST RT @Shadid13: AP report: Dismissed #OKState running back Tyreek Hill enrolls at West Alabama, will be in uniform Saturday http://t.co/f5Dxq…
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Jason Kersey Tue, Sep. 01 2015 03:08:34 PM CST @Onikuno I know for a fact that not every No. 2 on the depth chart gets to record one of those. Not a big deal, just interesting.
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Jason Kersey Tue, Sep. 01 2015 02:58:38 PM CST @Onikuno Pretty sure they don't have every single player shoot those vids. Only ones who might start.
Jason Kersey Tue, Sep. 01 2015 02:52:26 PM CST Judging from this Instragram post, looks like Joe Mixon could start Saturday's season opener. ... https://t.co/I1vZtsoAYL

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