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Oklahoma football notebook: Frank Shannon doesn't practice with first team

Sophomore Jordan Evans figures to play in Shannon’s place if he isn’t available for the season opener Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 18, 2014

Oklahoma junior linebacker Frank Shannon, who is battling the university in district court following a one-year suspension, didn’t work with the first-team defense in Monday’s practice, said coach Bob Stoops.

Shannon, the team’s leading tackler last season, was accused of sexually assaulting a female OU student at his off-campus apartment in January. Although the district attorney declined to press charges in criminal court, OU conducted its own independent investigation as required by Title IX.

The university process found Shannon guilty and suspended him from school and football for one year. Shannon appealed the decision to a district judge, which issued a stay allowing him to practice with the team and remain enrolled in school while the matter is reviewed. OU appealed the stay to the Oklahoma state Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments from both sides Wednesday.

Sophomore Jordan Evans, who figures to play in Shannon’s place if he isn’t available for the season opener Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech, said last week that Shannon was still taking most of the first-team reps.


Stoops said after Monday’s practice redshirt freshman Cody Thomas will be the primary backup to quarterback Trevor Knight “in all likelihood.”

Thomas, from Colleyville, Texas, is competing with Edmond Santa Fe product and true freshman Justice Hansen for the No. 2 job.

Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield, though, could make things interesting if he wins his appeal for immediate eligibility with the NCAA.

Mayfield was a walk-on at Texas Tech, then left and walked on at Oklahoma last spring. He put on an impressive performance in the spring game, completing all of his pass attempts.

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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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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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