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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Notes from the Bob Stoops Press Conference - OU-Texas Week

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An otherwise chipper Bob Stoops somberly announced that Evans’ football career is over due to concussions

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After a high point in beating TCU on the road last weekend, Bob Stoops was forced to give some bad news to the media: Tay Evans, the redshirt sophomore linebacker from Allen, Texas, will be medically disqualified from playing football because of repeated sustained head injuries.

Stoops will offer him a student coaching position, however, and Evans will retain his scholarship. It’s always unfortunate to see a young man’s career ended early, but with the controversy swirling head injuries in the sport in the past decade or so, it was probably a smart move. Best of luck to Tay moving forward.

In other injury news, the Sooners will get back a few players after six missed the TCU game:

This is big news for the Sooners—of all places, they definitely need the most help in their secondary, as well the offensive and defensive lines.

DeDe Westbrook is also back to 100% now:

Baker Mayfield will miss Monday’s practice, Stoops announced, but it seems to be more precautionary than rehabilitative.

He was seen with a walking boot on, though, so there is some cause for concern. We’ll probably hear more later in the week, so stay tuned.

Bob Stoops also had some complimentary words for cornerback Michiah Quick, but was hesitant to build Quick up too much. Still, it’s an encouraging sign from a secondary that has been more or less woeful this season.

That pretty much covers it for Stoops’ presser. Meanwhile, at Charlie Strong’s presser in Austin:

Red River Rivalry week is off to a great start. Bob Stoops was noticeably happier than he was at last week’s press conference, so let’s hope for an even more chipper Bob Stoops next Monday.