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OU football notebook: Oklahoma football graduation rates last in Big 12

The numbers, though, were an improvement on last year and the best for OU football since 1999.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 24, 2013

Oklahoma's football program remained last in the Big 12, according to the NCAA's latest Graduation Success Rate numbers released Thursday.

The numbers, though, were an improvement on last year and the best for OU football since 1999.

OU football's GSR, which measured student-athletes who enrolled in the school in 2006, was 51.

Last year, OU's GSR came in at 47.

TCU led the Big 12 with a GSR of 85, followed by West Virginia at 80, Texas Tech at 72, Kansas at 70 and Baylor at 67. Iowa State was sixth with 60, Kansas State scored 59 and Oklahoma State and Texas at 56.

Four OU sports — men's and women's tennis, women's basketball and rowing — had a perfect graduation rate.


The Sooners had a pair of shoulder problems in last week's win over Kansas, with nickelback Julian Wilson leaving the game early and offensive lineman Adam Shead suffering an injury late.

Bob Stoops said Wednesday that he expected both to play Saturday.

Wilson has been practicing since Tuesday, and Shead has gradually returned to practice during the week.

The Sooners didn't use five defensive backs much against the Jayhawks' ground attack but figure to use the spot quite a bit against Texas Tech's Air Raid offense.

Shead was replaced by Bronson Irwin, who moved to the left side while Nila Kasitati took Irwin's spot on the right.


Oklahoma has sputtered out of the gate offensively recently, scoring just three first-quarter points in its last three games.

“It's not like we're not capable of moving the ball; It's nothing that a defense has done in the first three or four drives; We're hurting ourselves,” co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said.

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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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