Oklahoma football: Stacy McGee's suspension leads to more player shuffling by coaches

Senior David King and sophomore Geneo Grissom, each defensive ends for the better part of their careers, will be relied upon in new roles.
by Jason Kersey Published: August 17, 2012
Advertisement
;

photo - COLLEGE FOOTBALL / BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP: The Sooners' Stacy McGee (92) Jeremy Beal (44) and Corey Nelson (25) after stopping Nebraska on fourth down late in the fourth quarter to seal the 23-20 win in the Big 12 football championship game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers (NU) at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, in Arlington, Texas.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
COLLEGE FOOTBALL / BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP: The Sooners' Stacy McGee (92) Jeremy Beal (44) and Corey Nelson (25) after stopping Nebraska on fourth down late in the fourth quarter to seal the 23-20 win in the Big 12 football championship game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers (NU) at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

NORMAN — Oklahoma lost two all-conference defensive ends from its 2011 pass rush, which was good enough to finish eighth nationally in quarterback sacks.

After Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis were drafted by NFL teams, coaches were often asked if the Sooners could maintain the same strength at defensive end in 2012.

The coaches spoke with confidence, saying many at the position, including newcomers and converted linebackers, had potential to earn playing time.

Then Friday, coach Bob Stoops announced senior defensive tackle Stacy McGee's indefinite suspension for violating university policy.

In the same session with reporters, Stoops said senior David King and sophomore Geneo Grissom, each defensive ends for the better part of their careers, will be relied upon in new roles.

King, a senior who was set to start opposite R.J. Washington at defensive end, will move inside and join seniors JaMarkus McFarland and Casey Walker in the defensive tackle rotation.

Grissom, who asked for a switch to offense before the summer, will start at tight end after impressing coaches throughout fall camp.

How's that for confidence in the new ends?

“The young freshmen are really doing great,” Stoops said of Charles Tapper and Michael Onuoha, who, along with junior-college transfer Chaz Nelson, are in their first OU seasons.

Replacing King as a defensive end starter will probably be sophomore Chuka Ndulue.

“Chuka Ndulue has been really good,” Stoops said. “I have said that, even in the spring. He is ready to play. He has been doing really well.”

Sophomore Rashod Favors and redshirt freshman P.L. Lindley were each converted from linebacker in the offseason, and each, Favors especially, might now be called upon to contribute.

“Rashod Favors has really been impressive,” Stoops said. “We have really been excited about that move over there. ... He is really strong and powerful, so that has been really positive, too, at the defensive end spot.”

McGee's indefinite suspension is the fifth Stoops has issued since May, when receivers Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and Kameel Jackson — along with defensive back Quentin Hayes — were booted for violating team rules. Jackson was eventually dismissed and transferred to Louisiana-Monroe. Reynolds, Franks and Hayes have returned to team practices but remain barred from games.

McGee was suspended for the last year's season opener after being cited for marijuana possession months earlier. He appeared in all of OU's remaining 12 games, recorded 22 tackles and 1.5 sacks. The 6-foot-4, 299-pound Muskogee native has started 14 games since his sophomore season.

| |

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...
+ show more

Advertisement


Trending Now



AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Former OU coach Sunny Golloway goes off at Auburn
  2. 2
    Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant
  3. 3
    Tulsa World: Missouri’s Frank Haith positioned to become TU’s basketball coach
  4. 4
    Oklahoma football: Peyton Manning stops by Sooners film session
  5. 5
    VIDEO: A look at the Air Jordan XX9 in Thunder colors
+ show more