Oklahoma football: Surgery could mean redshirt for Jordan Smallwood

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: July 30, 2013
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photo - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Jordan Smallwood of Jenks pushes down Putnam City's Scott Barker during their high school game at Putnam City in Warr Acres, Okla., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Jordan Smallwood of Jenks pushes down Putnam City's Scott Barker during their high school game at Putnam City in Warr Acres, Okla., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Freshman wide receiver Jordan Smallwood could be headed toward a redshirt season after undergoing foot surgery recently.

The Jenks graduate had surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury, a fracture of the foot near the base of the leg.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Smallwood might be forced to redshirt but he wasn't ruling out a return this season.

“We love him,” Stoops said. “He's a great looking kid, a great young man.

“He's going to have a great future.

ST. JOHN HEADING TOWARD OU

Junior-college offensive tackle Josiah St. John, one of the few incoming players not already on campus, is finally headed to Norman.

“On my way back 2 school this time I'm going to Oklahoma!” St. John posted on Twitter on Tuesday morning.

St. John (6-foot-6, 305 pounds) signed with the Sooners out of Trinity Valley Community College.

The Toronto native had been in Canada before traveling to Oklahoma, where practices begin early Thursday.

His junior-college teammate, defensive tackle Quincy Russell, has yet to arrive as well.

“I think we still have a few guys finishing some classes that we feel good and positive about,” Stoops said.

BOULWARE: ‘TIGHT ENDS STILL IN A REBUILDING PROCESS'

First-year Oklahoma assistant coach Jay Boulware couldn't provide a complete answer when asked about the Sooners' tight end situation entering the 2013 preseason.

“We've got guys who haven't played,” Boulware said. “It's still in a rebuilding process. Until we get to a point where we've got some guys here who have some experience on the football field, I'm encouraged by the guys in the room and their attitude and just the overall position.”

Last season, junior Brannon Green caught the only three passes by any OU tight end all year. It was — by far — the lowest production from the position on any of Stoops' Oklahoma teams, which have often included excellent tight end play from the likes of Trent Smith, Joe Jon Finley, Jermaine Gresham and James Hanna.

Green returns for his senior season, and he'll compete for playing time with redshirt freshmen Taylor McNamara and Sam Grant.

Senior fullback Trey Millard, whose versatility has made him one of the best players on the Sooners' current roster, could continue seeing some time at tight end in 2013, Boulware said, as could junior fullback Aaron Ripkowski.

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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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