The Oklahoma Sooners will be without their returning leading tackler for the 2014 football season. On Monday University President David Boren announced that linebacker Frank Shannon has received a one-year suspension from the school.
A thirteen-game starter in 2013, Shannon amassed 92 total tackles (7 for loss), 2 sacks, and an interception. He was also the team's leading tackler Oklahoma's Sugar Bowl win over Alabama with seven take downs.
The spotlight now turns to sophomore Jordan Evans who is currently Shannon's back up. In 2013 Evans played in eight games and recorded twelve tackles in the process. Other possibilities at the spot could be senior Caleb Gastelum, junior Londell Taylor, and even JUCO transfer Devonte Bond.
Shannon is in the process of appealing the suspension, which Boren alluded to in his statement by saying, "Unable to enforce its process at this time."
Frank Shannon was a three-star recruit from Dallas Skyline High School and set out the 2011 season as a redshirt. My understanding is that means, when he returns, he'll have one season of eligibility left unless they can file an appeal with the NCAA.