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Oklahoma football: Coaches have high expectations for Jordan Evans

Sophomore linebacker will fill in if Frank Shannon is not allowed to return to the team.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 12, 2014

— Frank Shannon not only remains a part of Oklahoma’s team but has received the majority of first-team reps at his inside linebacker spot so far in camp, Sooners players said Tuesday.

“He’s been taking all of them,” sophomore linebacker Jordan Evans said before dialing it back a bit. “But we’re doing a whole bunch of things … I shouldn’t say all of them, but he’s taking a lot of reps. So is Caleb (Gastelum). So am I.”

With Evans missing Saturday’s scrimmage with the lingering effects of the flu, Shannon and Gastellum worked there during the scrimmage.

For now, Shannon is practicing amid the uncertainty of his future with the Sooners.

Shannon was suspended from the university for a year following a Title IX investigation into an alleged sexual assault. A Cleveland County district judge issued an order allowing Shannon to remain enrolled and to continue working with the team while he fights the finding in court.

The university asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday to prohibit the district court from blocking the enforcement.

Oklahoma’s coaches didn’t directly address Shannon’s situation on Tuesday.

Coach Bob Stoops didn’t address it at all outside of talking about Evans, Shannon’s presumed replacement.

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops spoke indirectly about the effects of possibly losing Shannon.

“It’s like anything,” Mike Stoops said. “We coach the players that are there. It’s pretty much how it goes. All we can control are the players that are on the field. That’s all we ever have controlled.”

While Shannon remains part of the team, the Sooners also have to be ready for the possibility he either won’t be available this season or that he could remain a part of the team but not play while the court battle continues.

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