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.
OU's Tay Evans career is over according to Bob Stoops. (Concussions)... Decision was made last Thursday night— Curtis Fitzpatrick (@cfitzfox) October 3, 2016
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:
Alvarez/Cobb/Ward will be back. Will Johnson remains questionable for this week for #Sooners— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) October 3, 2016
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:
Stoops said Dede Westbrook is finally 100 percent for #Sooners. Saw signs of that vs. TCU (2TDs)— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) October 3, 2016
Baker Mayfield will miss Monday’s practice, Stoops announced, but it seems to be more precautionary than rehabilitative.
Stoops says Mayfield will likely miss today's practice, but he'll be "fine" by Tuesday, Wednesday— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 3, 2016
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.
Just saw @baker_mayfield6 walking around w/ a boot on. Didn't take a pic bc a.) it would have been creepy & b.) he didn't have a shirt on.— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) October 3, 2016
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.
Stoops has been complimentary of Michiah Quick, but adds: "I still believe there's more there" #Sooners— Spenser Davis (@Davis_Spenser) October 3, 2016
That pretty much covers it for Stoops’ presser. Meanwhile, at Charlie Strong’s presser in Austin:
State of affairs at Texas: 24 minutes into his press conference, Charlie Strong takes his first question about the OU game.— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) October 3, 2016
Strong asked about going through 8 assistants in 3 years: "You've got to do what you think is best for the program."— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) October 3, 2016
Charlie Strong formally announces that he will run Texas' defense. Vance Bedford joins Clay Jennings in the DB room. #HookEm— Danny Davis (@aasdanny) October 3, 2016
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.