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.”