Oklahoma’s offensive line was already plenty thin entering spring practice.
Other positions are now in the same boat for Saturday’s spring game.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops announced Tuesday that 11 players, including wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal, would miss the game with various injuries.
Shepard is out with a pulled hamstring, while Neal injured both his knee and his ankle.
Other players sidelined include Rashod Favors (knee), Quincy Russell (ankle), Blake Bell (knee) and Nila Kasitati (infection).
Julian Wilson, Adam Shead, Tyrus Thompson and Tyler Evans have not participated in spring practice.
“They’ll all be OK in three or four weeks, by the time we get back,” Stoops said. “When we start in June with all our main conditioning and training through the summer, they’ll all be ready to go.”
TRANSFER PROSPECT VISITING OU
Former Alabama guard Chad Lindsay is visiting the Sooners this week, CBSSports.com reported on Tuesday.
Lindsay is also expected to visit Louisville this week.
Lindsay (6-foot-2, 302 pounds) started four games last season for the Crimson Tide. He’s already graduated, so he would be eligible to play immediately.
The Woodland, Texas, product visited Michigan last week. The Wolverines’ offensive coordinator is former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
Lindsay did not play in the Sugar Bowl. Out of high school, he chose Alabama over Oklahoma, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, Notre Dame and Nebraska among others.
GRISSOM PLAYING SOME LB
Geneo Grissom has bounced around during his time at OU, going from defensive end to tight end and back to defensive end.
Now, Grissom is seeing time at linebacker.
“It’s every D-end’s dream to pick up his hand and stand on the edge and come off the line in a two-point stance,” Grissom said.
Grissom said he hoped the move was a permanent one.
“I’m working hard and trying to win the job and hopefully I can make that happen,” Grissom said.
Also excited about the move was defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue, who said he bugged Grissom constantly when he was on offense, telling Grissom he needed to “come home” to the defensive side.
“He’s the heaviest linebacker we’ve got and he’s as fast as any of them,” Ndulue said. “He can play the run and drop in coverage at the same time. You know he can pass rush, so he can do it all.”
MAYFIELD’S ACTION LIMITED SATURDAY
Stoops said quarterback transfer Baker Mayfield would see time in Saturday’s spring game, but it would be limited since Mayfield must sit out this season after transferring from Texas Tech.
Starter Trevor Knight and backups Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen will see the majority of the snaps.
“We need to feed them a lot of snaps here in the last three or four days because Baker isn’t able to play next year,” Stoops said. “We’ve loved what he’s done. He’s got a ton of snaps. … Don’t read anything into it. If he doesn’t get much, it’s because of that.”
After starting several games for the Red Raiders last season as a true freshman walk-on, Mayfield will lose a year of eligibility this season while sitting out because Texas Tech did not clear Mayfield to transfer to OU.
“I guess I would make a case for a guy that isn’t on scholarship, whether I had Baker or not, to give him the flexibility to go where he wants,” Stoops said when asked if transfer rules needed to be altered. “Scholarship guys, I’m not going to sit here and get into any big debate on it.”