EL PASO, Texas — Sophomore tight end Geneo Grissom has been suspended for Oklahoma’s season opener Saturday at UTEP for violating a team rule, a source close to the team confirmed to The Oklahoman.
The suspension was first reported by the Rivals network site SoonerScoop.com.
The website also reported that senior defensive tackle Casey Walker did not travel with the team on Friday and will not play. Coach Bob Stoops announced last Wednesday that Walker might not make the trip, saying that it was a non-football-related injury and refusing to go any further.
Grissom moved from defensive end to tight end just before summer workouts began and was flourishing in the role. Stoops said two weeks ago that he'd moved to the top of the depth chart ahead of junior-college transfer Brannon Green and true freshman Taylor McNamara, who were battling for the job in the spring.
The next week, position coach Bruce Kittle tempered Stoops' sentiments, but did say that Grissom was the player in contention for the position who was “close to the compete package.”
When OU's first depth chart was released on the athletic department's website, Grissom was listed at the top of the tight ends, although it did add “or” between all three names.
Oklahoma returns no tight ends with any game experience from last season. James Hanna and Trent Ratterree each graduated, and Austin Haywood transferred to Central Arkansas. Haywood has since transferred again, this time to Oklahoma Baptist University.
Grissom said last week, in his first appearance before reporters since the position change, that he'd requested the change because of all the depth OU had at defensive end between seniors R.J. Washington and David King, junior-college transfer Chaz Nelson, converted linebackers P.L. Lindley and Rashod Favors and true freshmen Michael Onuoha and Charles Tapper.
Since then, though, King had to move inside to tackle — at least temporarily — after Stacy McGee was indefinitely suspended and Nelson suffered a knee injury that will keep him out until at least early October.
Grissom's suspension is the sixth handed down by Stoops since May.
Jaz Reynolds, Kameel Jackson, Trey Franks and Quentin Hayes were all suspended indefinitely in May for violating team rules. Reynolds, Franks and Hayes have all been reinstated for practices only, and Jackson was dismissed.