Oklahoma football notebook: OU-TCU will feature 3 former Skyline linebackers in Corey Nelson, Frank Shannon and Paul Dawson

Shannon and Nelson lead the Sooners this season with 27 and 21 tackles, respectively, and Dawson, a junior, has recorded 10 tackles and appeared in all four of the Horned Frogs' games.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 1, 2013

Three former Dallas Skyline High School linebackers are set to play Saturday on Owen Field, with Oklahoma's Corey Nelson and Frank Shannon hosting TCU's Paul Dawson.

Shannon and Nelson lead the Sooners this season with 27 and 21 tackles, respectively, and Dawson, a junior, has recorded 10 tackles and appeared in all four of the Horned Frogs' games.

Dawson attended Trinity Valley Community College out of high school before transferring to TCU.

“For me, it's like a rivalry game,” Shannon said. “My best friend's on the team. I don't wanna lose to him, so we've gotta win.”

NORVELL PROUD OF RECEIVERS

Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell was blunt regarding his wideouts' performances after the Sooners' first two games of the season.

Norvell gathered his group for an intense meeting between Oklahoma's games against West Virginia and Tulsa, telling the receivers that what they'd done to that point was unacceptable.

Oklahoma's wideouts appear to have received the message loud and clear. They've been noticeably better, especially sophomore Sterling Shepard, who has recorded 229 yards and three touchdowns, including a 54-yarder last week at Notre Dame.

“We had guys that were really prideful today, really willful, and that's what we talked about,” Norvell said after the win over Notre Dame. “It wasn't so much about scheme; it was about playing with pride and playing with a great will. They wanted to play well for the pride of Oklahoma.

“Really, it didn't have to be as close as it was. We missed some opportunities in the red zone. But I was really proud of Shep, really proud of (Lacoltan) Bester, Jalen (Saunders) played hard. It was a very good collective effort by everybody.”



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