OU football notebook: Linebacker Frank Shannon much happier this year

Last year, in an effort to combat the Big 12's high-powered, spread offenses, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops often used schemes with just one and sometimes zero linebackers on the field.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jason Kersey Published: December 4, 2013

Oklahoma sophomore linebacker Frank Shannon readily admits that — personally, at least — this year is much better for him than last year.

In an effort to combat the Big 12's high-powered, spread offenses, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops often used schemes with just one and sometimes zero linebackers on the field.

“It was frustrating,” Shannon said. “The media was walking around, and they were saying linebackers weren't nothing and stuff like that. We hear all that stuff. We're human. We hear about it. It did affect all of us, and now we get a chance to see what we can do.”

This year, though, the Sooners have switched to a 3-3-5 base scheme, and there are at least two linebackers on the field virtually all the time.

“It feels pretty good at OU,” Shannon said. “It never felt bad being a linebacker at OU. The tradition is that we've always been good and I feel this year we've been able to prove ourselves more.”

STOOPS VISITS DEONDRE CLARK

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops made an in-home visit to meet with Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark Wednesday night, Clark’s mother told The Oklahoman.

Clark, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end, has been verbally committed to LSU since the summer. He recently attended OU’s game against Iowa State in Norman.

Ranked No. 3 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the state’s top recruits, Clark had at least 18 sacks each of the last three seasons, and more than 60 for his career. He also rushed for more than 1,300 yards this season after shifting from fullback to tailback.

Clark’s recruiting with the Sooners has been up and down. He developed a strong relationship with former defensive line coach Jackie Shipp, but lost interest in OU after Shipp was let go after last season.

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by Ryan Aber
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 Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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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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