Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has remained relatively tight-lipped on the situation concerning linebacker Frank Shannon, saying only that Shannon’s status remained unresolved.
Monday, Stoops gave his greatest indication that the Sooners’ leading tackler in 2013 would not play Saturday against Louisiana Tech in the opener.
First, Shannon was not on the depth chart released Monday morning. Jordan Evans was listed as the starter at Shannon’s normal inside linebacker spot with walk-on Caleb Gastelum as the backup.
Then Stoops was asked about it at his mid-day press conference.
“I’ve got to proceed with players I know are going to be available to me through the rest of the year,” Stoops said. “At this point, the depth chart is as it is.”
Shannon is fighting a one-year suspension from the university that followed a Title IX sexual assault investigation. Shannon was not charged in connection to the incident, which occurred last winter.
SOONERS GOING WITH TRADITIONAL UNIFORM LOOK SATURDAY
Not surprisingly, with the game being televised on pay-per-view, the Sooners will wait to unveil their alternate uniforms.
Stoops said Monday that OU would wear its traditional outfits Saturday.
He also said he hadn’t decided when the team would break out the “Bring The Wood” alternates for the first time.
“I haven’t had much of a plan on that yet,” Stoops said. “I probably should.”
He went on to say OU’s captains along with athletic director Joe Castiglione would be the ones making that decision when it happens.
The Sooners announced quarterback Trevor Knight, offensive tackle Daryl Williams, cornerback Julian Wilson, defensive end Chuka Ndulue, linebacker Eric Striker and kicker Michael Hunnicutt as captains Monday.
CASTIGLIONE, SWITZER, KEITH TAKE ‘ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE’
At last Thursday’s practice that was open to students and media, Stoops challenged Castiglione, Barry Switzer and Toby Keith to take the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to raise money and awareness for ALS.
At practice Monday, all three were on hand to get soaked.
Castiglione added an extra bit of fun to his visit to practice, going through the “Oklahoma Drill.” Castiglione blocked offensive lineman Dylan Hartsook before taking the ball carrier, a Sooners’ walk-on, to the ground.
Stoops and Trevor Knight poured the ice bucket on Switzer, who called out Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson among others.
Blake Bell poured the bucket on Keith, who called out Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux among others.
Eric Striker poured the ice on Castiglione, who called out the ESPN GameDay crew to do the challenge in unison on the set.
SOKOL NAMED LA. TECH STARTING QB
Cody Sokol broke Tim Rattay’s passing records at Scottsdale Community College.
Now the Iowa transfer will get a chance to once again follow in Rattay’s footsteps at Louisiana Tech.
Sokol was named the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback for Saturday’s opener at Oklahoma. He beat out Ryan Higgins, who started some last season for Louisiana Tech.
Sokol redshirted at Iowa in 2012 before playing in one game last season but not recording any stats.
STOOPS: SEEMS DGB WANTS TO STAY
Stoops wouldn’t speak much Monday about Dorial Green-Beckham’s situation a few days after the NCAA denied a waiver request for immediate eligibility, and Oklahoma all but announced it wouldn’t pursue the matter further.
But Stoops did say Green-Beckham remained in class at OU and that he planned — right now — on staying around next season.
Green-Beckham is eligible to enter next year’s NFL Draft. He would likely be a high pick if available after a big season at Missouri last year before he was dismissed from the team.
“That isn’t something that’s been decided,” Stoops said of whether or not Green-Beckham would stay. “Right now it seems that he wants to do that and is heading that way, and we want to support him in every possible way.”
Green-Beckham sitting out this season leaves the Sooners with just one wide receiver — Sterling Shepard — with significant collegiate experience. Durron Neal has seen a good amount of playing time the last two years but has just 18 catches and no touchdowns.