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.
STOOPS TO SHEPARD: ‘BE CAREFUL’
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.’”
REPLAY SCHEDULED, TV FOR TULSA SET
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.