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Oklahoma football notebook: Tyler Evans feels good after long layoff

Tyler 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.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 31, 2014

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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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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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