Guard Tyler Evans is often called “Grampa” by his teammates, alluding to his elder statesman status on the team.
Evans is in his sixth year with the Sooners and saw his first action since the Insight Bowl after the 2011 season Saturday, starting at right guard.
“I feel like a really old guy out there,” Evans said. “I could see the blitz before it was going to come. My body actually felt really, really good. The two years I took off, my upper body got so strong I didn’t really need my legs. I was able to control guys with just my hands. I was able just to drive them off the ball.”
Evans made the start in place of Nila Kasitati, who was held out for precautionary reasons. Kasitati is expected back this week against Tulsa.
MEAD MAKES SOONERS DEBUT
Freshman wide receiver Jeffery Mead seemed like a good candidate to redshirt when he signed with the Sooners in February after starring at Tulsa Union.
Even after a summer in the Sooners’ conditioning program, the 6-foot-6 Mead is just 184 pounds.
But Mead was one of the true freshman to see the field against Louisiana Tech.
“Jeff has done a great job throughout our camp battling, battling and battling,” Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight said. “He made it to where he needs to be in the game. He’s made a lot of great plays in practice.”
Knight threw Mead’s way three times against Louisiana Tech but all went incomplete.
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