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Oklahoma football: Depth an issue after Frank Shannon's suspension

by Ryan Aber Published: August 11, 2014

/articleid/5156882/1/pictures/3212259">Photo - Linebacker Frank Shannon poses for photographs for the team's photographers during photo day for the University of Oklahoma Sooner (OU) football team in Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Linebacker Frank Shannon poses for photographs for the team's photographers during photo day for the University of Oklahoma Sooner (OU) football team in Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

With Shannon out, Evans was one of the stars of the spring game, making three tackles — one for a loss — and breaking up a pass. His big hit on K.J. Young forced an interception.

“I haven’t even thought like that,” Evans said in the spring when asked about the possibility of becoming the starter in Shannon’s absence.

But, he said, it’s important to be ready when a chance comes.

“I might have more impact this year so I know I need to be more serious and take it more on myself to make more plays and help out my team,” Evans said.

Evans has gained size since last season, bulking up to 223 pounds.

After Evans, though, things would get awfully thin at his inside linebacker spot.

The likely backups there would be either freshman Tay Evans or senior Aaron Franklin, who had six tackles last season and has just 31 in his three seasons at Norman.

Alexander was high on Tay Evans last week.

“He’s real athletic,” Alexander said. “He can play. He’s fast and he gets it.”

His size (6-foot-2, 221 pounds) is comparable to Jordan Evans.

Another possibility could be to move junior college transfer Devante Bond inside.

Bond is currently working at “jack” linebacker with Geneo Grissom.

OU linebacker coach Tim Kish said last month that Bond would be used “a lot of different ways.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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