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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

When Sterling Shepard pulled at his jersey — emulating Cam Newton’s “Superman” touchdown celebration — after scoring Saturday, Sooners coach Bob Stoops had a quick flashback to the Sugar Bowl.

In the win over Alabama, Shepard was penalized for the move, as officials incorrectly ruled Shepard had made the banned “throat slash” gesture.

“I told him, ‘You have to be lower, keep your arms open and do something different,’” Stoops said. “When I looked at it, I said, ‘Be careful. I don’t want an unnecessary 15-yard penalty. There’s no need for it, so make it clear what you are doing.’”


Saturday’s game against Louisana Tech, which was broadcast on pay-per-view, will be replayed on Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37) at 9 a.m. Monday.

The broadcast will be squeezed into a three-hour window.


The Sooners converted all four of their fourth-down conversions. It was the most fourth-down conversions for the Sooners since Nov. 19, 2005 when they also had four. … While the Sooners got their first blocked field goal in nearly a decade, it hadn’t been near as long since Oklahoma blocked a point-after try. Matt Dimon’s fourth-quarter blocked extra point was the first for the Sooners since Jordan Wade did it Oct. 19 of last season. … Linebacker Caleb Gastelum wasn’t the only walk-on to see the field for Oklahoma. David Driskill and Connor Knight saw time on special teams, as did Londell Taylor. Taylor, who is from Vian, is a walk-on but signed with the Sooners in 2007 before deciding to pursue a career in baseball instead.

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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