Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon will be arraigned on a single misdemeanor count of acts resulting in gross injury on Monday, when he is expected to turn himself in, said Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn.
Monday is an important day for Mixon, because that’s also when OU begins classes for the fall semester. OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said his department is conducting its own internal review and will decide Mixon’s future with the university soon. It’s unclear at this time if he will attend class Monday.
The former five-star prospect from Oakley, Calif., hasn’t practiced with the team at all this fall after an early morning incident July 25 at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe, where Mixon was alleged to have punched a 20-year-old female OU student in the face, causing severe injury.
Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, says his client acted in self defense.
“It is important to Joe and his family that he continues toward his goal of becoming a successful student-athlete both on and off the field at the University of Oklahoma,” Finlay said in a statement Friday. “Joe looks forward to the opportunity to clear his name and put this unfortunate situation behind him.”
BACKUP QB BATTLE ONGOING
The battle to be quarterback Trevor Knight’s backup is continuing beyond fall camp, which wrapped up Friday.
Redshirt freshman Cody Thomas and true freshman Justice Hansen — a former Edmond Santa Fe standout — are competing to be the Sooners’ second-team quarterback.
Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield, however, could make things interesting if he wins his appeal with the NCAA for immediate eligibility. Mayfield was the Big 12’s Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2013 and played well in Oklahoma’s spring game four months ago.
“They compete hard,” OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said last week of Thomas and Hansen.
“They want to be better. They push for it every single day. The next week-and-a-half is gonna be critical for those guys to make the strides that we need them to to be ready to play.”
EVANS, ALEXANDER HAVE SIMILARITIES
Sophomore linebackers Jordan Evans and Dominique Alexander each came to Oklahoma as athletic guys who had played other positions in high school.
“Me and Dom are both the same kinda players,” Evans said. “We’re athletes that are playing linebacker. We’ve made the transition to linebacker, but we’ve never lost our athleticism. It helps us out when we’re playing against fast receivers. Being big and strong definitely helps us out against big, running offenses.”
Alexander, a Tulsa Washington product, started eight games last year after Corey Nelson’s season-ending injury and recorded 80 tackles. Evans, from Norman North, played behind Frank Shannon, and could be in line to start this season if Shannon is unavailable while appealing his one-year university suspension.
“Great Oklahoma kids who play hard and work hard,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said of Alexander and Evans. “Those are two guys who really get after it, are good to coach. They understand the importance of what they do and what they represent. They've always carried themselves way beyond their years, and we're starting to see that physical and mental maturity develop on the football field.”