True freshman tight end Taylor McNamara had shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the season, coach Bob Stoops announced Tuesday on his weekly radio show.
The former four-star prospect enrolled at OU in January and participated in the spring game.
The San Diego native was one of three tight ends vying for playing time at the beginning of the season, along with converted defensive end Geneo Grissom and junior-college transfer Brannon Green.
McNamara started OU's home opener against Florida A&M and appeared in the season opener at UTEP, but hasn't appeared in any other games. Grissom has made six appearances.
Green has played the most of the OU tight ends, appearing in seven games and catching three passes for 45 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter at UTEP.
Stoops said Tuesday that McNamara will receive a medical redshirt, giving him an extra season of eligibility.
ONUOHA, TAPPER COMING ALONG
True freshman defensive ends Michael Onuoha and Charles Tapper are loaded with potential, but are “not quite ready for prime time yet,” said position coach Bobby Jack Wright.
“I like both of them,” Wright said. “Both of them are big, strong, physical guys that have some speed and show some pass rush capability. I really like where both of them are at this point.”
Seniors R.J. Washington and David King and sophomore Chuka Ndulue are the three players rotating in the most at defensive end. Onuoha has appeared in four games, with Tapper getting to play in five.
“Certainly they're both very, very raw,” Wright said. “The sky's virtually the limit for those guys.
“They need to have a great spring and a great winter, and then who knows? When they gain some physical maturity with added strength, added weight, it's gonna enable them to play at a higher level.”
Tapper is from Baltimore, where he played at City College High School. He began playing football his junior year of high school.
Onuoha, from Edmond Santa Fe, played football off and on — his main sport was basketball, where he excelled — until fully committing to the gridiron before his senior season.
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Onuoha began getting serious attention after his standout performance at OU's 2011 summer camp. The Sooners offered Onuoha a scholarship in December; his other offer came from Missouri.
IKARD UPSET OVER HARDEN TRADE
Gabe Ikard's parents and girlfriend decided they weren't going to tell him the NBA news that broke during Oklahoma's game against Notre Dame.
James Harden was Ikard's favorite Thunder player.
It didn't take long after the game for Ikard to find out via Twitter.
“I looked at them and I can't say what I said,” Ikard said. “After looking at the deal, it seems like a pretty big win for us.
“There's some sad guys because the beard is gone.”
Stoops was also asked his reaction to the Harden trade.
“I'll just say my compliments to the ownership with the Thunder, with Sam Presti,” Stoops said. “Everything they've done up there has been just fabulous. They know what they're doing. I loved watching James, but business is business. They're all big boys and I'm sure he'll be making money somewhere else.”
BROWN'S FAMILY OK
Senior receiver Justin Brown's family is safe and doing fine through Hurricane Sandy, which is causing destruction along the East coast.
Brown, a Penn State transfer, said there's rain and a little flooding, but that his family in Wilmington, Del., is all right. He thanked the reporters who asked about his family after Tuesday's practice.
Brown is believed to be the first Oklahoma football player from the state of Delaware. He arrived in August after the NCAA allowed all Penn State players to transfer with immediate eligibility in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.