NORMAN — OU linebacker Frank Shannon is involved in a legal battle with the University of Oklahoma, stemming from the one-year suspension he received for allegedly violating the school’s sexual misconduct policy.
After Tuesday morning’s practice, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and several defensive players were made available to reporters. Sophomore Jordan Evans appears to be the likely candidate to take over if Shannon isn’t available this season.
“It’s like anything; we coach the players that are there,” Stoops said. “It’s pretty much how it goes. All we can control are the players that are on the field, and that’s all we ever can control. That’s all we do: coach the players that are there.
“We get guys hurt week in and week out who aren’t available, next guy up’s gonna come in and do the job. It’s just how it goes.”
Here’s a look at some of what Evans had to say:
On how Shannon has looked: “Frank looked great. Frank is doing really good. Obviously he missed a little bit of that spring and he came back with a different mentality. Making plays, got his fits. He’s looking like a great linebacker.”
Is Shannon helping the younger players?: “Frank was my mentor coming in as a freshmen. Sometimes you think the older guys don’t want to mess with you because we came in to take their spots. But Frank is a different kind of person. He actually mentored me and talked to me and helped me out. The (Texas) Tech game when he was hurt, they were telling me, the trainers, that he was in the doctor’s office screaming for me. Whooping and hollerin’. He’s definitely a team player. A good friend of mine.”
Is Shannon taking reps with the first team?: “He’s been taking all of them. 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. So am I. They are really rotating in everybody some they can get an amount of reps and see where you are at.”
Tough to see him going through something like this?: “Yeah, it’s tough. That’s my friend. I don’t want to see anyone on my team go through that. But he keeps it very personal … he’s still the same person to me. He’s still my friend.”