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Oklahoma football: Casey Walker's mother says he will return to Sooners

Senior defensive tackle missed opener at UTEP. His return would provide needed depth on the OU defensive line.
by Jason Kersey Published: September 4, 2012

/articleid/3707027/1/pictures/1817947">Photo - Oklahoma's Casey Walker (53) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Kansas Jayhawks (KU) on Saturday, Oct. 15 2011. in Lawrence, Kan. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman  ORG XMIT: KOD
Oklahoma's Casey Walker (53) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Kansas Jayhawks (KU) on Saturday, Oct. 15 2011. in Lawrence, Kan. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

The senior also missed spring practices and April's spring game with a shoulder injury.

During Walker's sophomore season, in 2010, he played the first four games before suffering a knee injury and missing the next six contests. He returned for OU's final three games that year.

For his career, Walker has recorded 24 total tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles. He was slated to start at defensive tackle before his departure from the team.

OU beat UTEP, 24-7, without Walker, but the Sooner defense struggled against the Miners' sophomore running back, Nathan Jefferey, who rushed for 177 yards.

Seniors David King and Jamarkus McFarland played virtually the entire game because of OU's lack of depth at defensive tackle. Redshirt freshmen Jordan Phillips and Marquis Anderson played late Saturday, when the win was essentially clinched, but coaches did not put the backups in for any meaningful snaps.

Walker's news came just a couple weeks after another senior defensive tackle, Stacy McGee, was suspended indefinitely for violating university policy. McGee has 14 career starts.

“We'll be fine,” King said Monday. “Once we get these young guys accustomed to the game, we should be fine depth-wise.

“We should get Casey back here in a few weeks, and whenever coach Stoops lifts Stacy's suspension, we'll be fine.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
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...
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