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Oklahoma football: Sterling Shepard, Durron Neal to miss spring game

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Modified: April 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm •  Published: April 8, 2014

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.”


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.”

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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