The Oklahoma Sooners bounced back with a convincing win on the road in Manhattan, Kansas - a place that has remained kind to Bob Stoops over the past several years. However, the focus shifted toward the linebackers as the head coach took questions from the media. As the session rolled on through the twelve o'clock hour, Stoops delivered pieces of good news as well as bad news concerning the position. Let's take a look at the good news first.
Throughout the first four games of the season, Devante Bond emerged as a consistent playmaker. Unfortunately, an ankle injury sidelined the senior while the ability to push off remained questionable. Hopeful to return to action against K-State, the talented player continued to sit out. Now, it appears as if Bond should see time once again against Texas Tech.
#Sooners LB Devante Bond should be back this week. He was real close last week, Stoops said— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) October 19, 2015
Although one linebacker is set to return, another has been added to the questionable list - the bad news.
Jordan Evans suffered a knee injury on Saturday but left the field under his own power. Stoops mentioned Evans' status depends upon his response during practice. On the bright side, testing revealed the inside linebacker experienced a muscle injury behind the knee with no ligament damage noticable.
Stoops: Jordan Evans is questionable for Saturday. Muscle damage behind the knee. No ligament damage. #Sooners— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) October 19, 2015
Assuming Evans requires a week of rest, expect Frank Shannon, an experienced player who led the Sooners in tackling during the 2013 season, to fill the void.