UPDATE: It would appear we have a decision from John Michael McGee. Obviously disappointing, but you have to respect the young man's decision. It's his choice and he apparently made it. Best of luck to him.
Goodluck to OU on the field I'll be watching. It's just not for me.— John M. McGee (@UnappreciatedJM) August 6, 2012
The season hasn't even started and yet it would seem this Oklahoma football team cannot catch a break. After this weekend's news that wide receiver Kameel Jackson was no longer with the program and last week's news that Ben Habern would be forced to end his football career, the Sooners now face the potential loss of two more offensive linemen.
Today was the one and only day the local media were allowed access to an OU football practice and as such some information that might not have made its way out of Stoops Lockdown managed to surface. And it was not news of the positive kind.
First, there was news of starting right guard Tyler Evans on crutches. According to Stoops, Evans was scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday afternoon and he would not comment on his status until he had been given the results. We don't deal in rumors here at CCM, but I will say if it's as serious as some have speculated the staff may have feared, then as they say "it ain't good."
The second revelation, while not as immediately impacting, was about as unexpected. Several media members in attendance noted on their Twitter accounts that true freshman John Michael McGee was nowhere to be found amongst the contingent of players taking part in practice. Through his own Twitter account, McGee had seemed to indicate that his future with the team may be in doubt. Stoops later confirmed that he had been given a couple days off to determine whether or not he wanted to remain with the team.
So in the span of about one week, one of the greatest strengths of this Oklahoma football team, the interior of the offensive line, has now become a pretty serious question mark. Not in the sense that the players who will now start lack for talent, but more that there is so little depth now that the Sooners cannot afford any injuries. There was already a depth issue at tackle and that has now infected the interior as well.
Some other info that came out today as well:
- Austin Woods is practicing with the team and even tweeted on Monday that he was going to a chemotherapy treatment following practice. You don't need me to tell you that's just ridiculous. MUCH respect to this young man. Much respect.
- It sounds like Roy Finch is getting a lot of work at slot receiver. Many here and elsewhere have talked about it and it appears to be happening. It's a good thing if it can get him on the field, as opposed to standing on the sideline as a backup running back, and get the ball in his hands in space. One could also take it as a positive sign to how running backs coach Cale Gundy feels about Damien Williams, Brennan Clay, Alex Ross as well of course as Dom Whaley.
- Nila Kasitati should return to practice likely by the end of the week, which will obviously help with the depth issues detailed above.
- Stoops said there is no update yet on the waiver petitions of transfers Cortez Johnson and Jalen Saunders.
- Penn State transfer, wide receiver Justin Brown, had not arrived in Norman at the time of Monday's practice. According to Twitter
stalkers, he was in airports throughout the day Monday trying to get to Norman.
- UPDATE - Also, the Tulsa World's Guerin Emig just confirmed what had previously been a message board rumor that now former defensive end Nathan Hughes has been moved to the o-line.