Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners' Frank Shannon praises Alabama LB C.J. Mosley

OU sophomore Frank Shannon said he believes Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley is a better player than former Notre Dame star Manti Te'o.
by Berry Tramel and Jason Kersey and Jacob Unruh Published: December 28, 2013


photo - Oklahoma's Frank Shannon (20) and Aaron Colvin (14) bring down Kansas State's Tyler Lockett (16) during an NCAA college football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State University Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Oklahoma won 41-31. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Frank Shannon (20) and Aaron Colvin (14) bring down Kansas State's Tyler Lockett (16) during an NCAA college football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State University Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Oklahoma won 41-31. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

OU sophomore Frank Shannon said he believes Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley is a better player than former Notre Dame star Manti Te'o.

“I feel like he's more physical and he's a leader out there on the defense,” Shannon said. “He doesn't just play for himself. Manti Te'o, when he got in certain situations, he just thought about himself and jumped out of his spots and got out of position sometimes on the field.

“You watch C.J. Mosley on the field, and you can tell he's a real defensive player. He reads his keys and lets the other players on the field do their jobs while he does his job.”

Mosley, a senior, won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker this season. Te'o was the 2012 Heisman Trophy runner-up and is now a San Diego Chargers rookie.

SHEPARD TALKS QBS

OU wide receiver Sterling Shepard was asked about his team's quarterbacks and how they've practiced leading up to the Sugar Bowl.

“Competing like they have done all season,” Shepard said. “They both practice like they're gonna be the starter, so I don't expect anything different from them.”

Junior Blake Bell and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight have each enjoyed success this season, but have also each struggled at times. Coach Bob Stoops said he won't name a starter before the game.

Asked if it's comforting to know that both quarterbacks are capable of having success, Shepard responded, “We take so many reps in practice, you know, we have no choice but to kinda be comfortable with them.”

MOSLEY SCOUTS OU

Mosley gave a quick scouting report on the Sooner receivers and quarterbacks.

Receivers: “They have got a lot of quick guys, and they like to spread them out. They run a lot of bubble screens and slants to get them moving around the field. Our defensive backs will have to do a good job holding them up and containing the routes. They are a fast-paced team.”

Quarterbacks: “They have one that is more of a passing quarterback — he is tall and a bigger guy. The other is more of an athletic quarterback, and if we contain him on the pass, he can still get out and scramble. We have to do a good job there both for the linebackers and defensive backs.”

Sounds like Mosley is right on target.

GRISSOM DEFLECTS SEC TALK


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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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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