Oklahoma football notebook: Frank Shannon seems destined to sit for Oklahoma

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.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 25, 2014
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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.

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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