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Oklahoma football notebook: Frank Shannon misses spring game, return uncertain

Coach Bob Stoops said Frank Shannon is working through some personal issues.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey and Jacob Unruh Published: April 12, 2014

A season ago, Frank Shannon was Oklahoma’s leading tackler.

Saturday, Bob Stoops didn’t sound so sure Shannon would be a part of the team moving forward after the senior linebacker missed the spring game.

“Frank right now is working through some personal issues,” Stoops said. “So we’ll wait and see on that.”

Shannon also did not participate in OU’s practice Thursday.

The Sooners aren’t very deep at linebacker even with Shannon.

“We’re going to have to make some adjustments,” Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “I can’t really tell you at this point. Frank’s status, I’m not at liberty to discuss that. Our linebacker position is somewhere where we need to gain some depth. That’s a little bit scary for us.”

If he’s not available, sophomore Jordan Evans figures to be the beneficiary.

Evans looked solid Saturday in Shannon’s spot, including a big hit on freshman wide receiver K.J. Young that led to an interception.

Evans wouldn’t talk about the specifics of what a Shannon absence would do for him but said he had to be ready.

“Opportunities always come and you’ve always got to be ready for them,” Evans said. “You need to take advantage of them.”


Senior defensive end Geneo Grissom and freshman fullback Dimitri Flowers were each injured during Saturday’s spring game, but neither injury should be cause for too much concern, said coach Bob Stoops.

Grissom sprained his MCL and will be in a brace for six weeks, Stoops said, but won’t require any surgery.

Flowers, meanwhile, suffered what Stoops called a “hyperextension” that didn’t show any ligament damage. The early enrollee from San Antonio caught four passes for 40 yards.

“That's always the downside that can bother you in a spring game, to lose somebody,” Stoops said. “Fortunately, we got away with it and everybody should be set to start back when we do our primary conditioning and strength and speed training in June.”


Sophomore Baker Mayfield won’t be able to play for the Sooners this season after transferring from Texas Tech, but he took full advantage of Saturday’s game-like atmosphere.

The sophomore completed all nine of his passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

“I needed to get that experience and just have that in my mind and the stuff I need to work on heading into the summer and into the season where basically I’ll have another offseason,” Mayfield said.

Mayfield came to OU as a walk-on without having spoken to Sooners coaches.

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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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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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