The past few weeks have tested the depth of the Oklahoma Sooners football program. After losing star receiver, Sterling Shepard a few weeks ago, the air raid suffered as the youngsters were forced to pick up the slack. Instead, dropped passes became almost an expectation as the learning curve proved to be steep.
Now looking at the match-up on Saturday as Owen Field plays host to the Kansas Jayhawks, Shepard remains questionable. Throughout the past two weeks, the wide-out did not practice much yet warmed up before each game. Once the offense took the field, Shepard attempted to see what he could do only to remove himself from the game shortly after.
The question left without an answer is: Will Shepard face the same fate this weekend?
In an attempt to relieve any worry, the good news is that Derrick Woods appears ready to go. Battling an ankle injury since the game against Tennessee, Woods finally entered the game against Texas Tech. With his aggressiveness and ability, this kid provides another capable receiver to throw into the rotation.
If you are curious about Daryl Williams limping off the field in the fourth quarter, no news or update has been reported on his condition. I guess the fans must wait with anticipation until kickoff to find out how he looks.
Now we must delve into bad news although I was hoping to avoid it altogether.
Trevor Knight undoubtedly gives Oklahoma their best chance to win but must sit out for a second consecutive week. His status continues to be up in the air for the rest of season after being diagnosed with transient quadriplegia (A cervical spine injury typically caused by hyperextension of the neck. It causes burning sensations, numbness, tingling or loss of sensation on both sides of the body.)
Due to a MCL sprain, Geneo Grissom can be found on the sideline as well. The linebacker ranked second on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. All the attention shifts to Devonte Bond to step up his game this week as the next man up.
Last but not least, with a secondary that continues to struggle to find consistency, Julian Wilson has been labeled as questionable. The cornerback suffered a broken thumb two weeks ago and did not play last week against Tech. Leading the team with seven pass breakups, Wilson faced ups and downs all season long.