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

“The players all love him. We do as a staff,” Bob Stoops said. “He’s fit in wonderfully here.”

Despite walking on at Texas Tech, the Red Raiders didn’t release him to transfer to OU, leaving him losing a season of eligibility this year and sitting out.

“Not at all,” Mayfield said when asked if it was fair to sit out a year despite not having a scholarship. “But it’s past that point and I’ve just got to focus on getting better.”

MIXON, QUICK AMONG SIGNEES ON HAND

Oklahoma hosted several recruits and 2014 signees Saturday, but none were more popular than running back Joe Mixon and receiver Michiah Quick. The two Californians who signed with OU in February signed countless autographs and posed for pictures with fans throughout Saturday’s event.

Mixon, a five-star running back, is expected to compete immediately to become Oklahoma’s starter in a backfield that lost Brennan Clay, Damien Williams and Roy Finch off last year’s team.

Sophomores Keith Ford and Alex Ross are considered the Sooners’ top two backs at the moment.

“From what I’ve heard, they’ve been doing a pretty good job,” Mixon said. “But I came over here to compete and play, so when I come in, I’ll have to be ready and produce and go to work.

“I just want to come, start and go to work. Do whatever I can to help my team win a championship.”

HUNNICUTT IMPRESSES WITH LONG FGS

Kicker Michael Hunnicutt appears to be stronger, making a 53-yard field goal with the gusty wind, while also nailing a 47-yarder against the wind.

“That was great,” Bob Stoops said. “Michael’s been excellent all spring. I think he was within an eyelash of being a first-team All-American a year ago, In fact, I know he was. I was on the voting deal listening to it. He’s set to have a big year.”

Stoops said the Sooners don’t often practice kicks from that far in practice, but he’s willing to attempt them in a game based on the situation.

“That’s one of those if you have a wind like today and we have a situation like we did at Kansas State a few years ago and you want to go for a big one, you do,” he said.

Hunnicutt was 24 of 27 on field goals last season, hitting a long of 47.

BROOKS MAKES DEBUT

Running back Daniel Brooks was on the field Saturday for the first time in his college career, and he made his presence known early with a big 33-yard gain on the fourth drive of the game.

“Daniel’s been a great worker for us,” Stoops said. “He had a nice game out there today. Definitely you see his cuts coming back and his speed.”

Brooks redshirted last season and missed the 2012 season with a torn ACL. He also briefly moved to defensive back before returning to the backfield.

He finished with 67 yards on eight carries.

by Ryan Aber
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
Reporter
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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