Sophomore cornerback Jordan Parker will miss the remained of the 2017 season with a knee injury suffered on Saturday against UTEP, Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley announced at his Monday press conference.
Parker started eight games for the Sooners in 2016 before losing the starting job to fellow sophomore Parnell Motley in fall camp. Nevertheless, Parker, who also missed time with a stress fracture in his foot during the spring, was expected to play an important role in 2017.
This is definitely a hit to a defense that already lacked experienced depth at the cornerback position. Oklahoma’s three other scholarship corners are Tre Norwood, Tre Brown and Justin Broiles, all of whom are true freshmen. Norwood Brown saw a good amount of snaps in the second half of Saturday’s win, and one or both will now surely see the field against Ohio State in Columbus this weekend. Luckily, the young guns have shown a lot of promise, so hopefully they can hold their own if their number is called.
Parker will luckily be able to use 2017 as a redshirt year, and hopefully he gets well and can come back to full strength in 2018.