Sooners Open Season Without Frank Shannon
Bob Stoops and the Sooners are just five days away from kicking off the season against Louisiana Tech. There is a ton of enthusiasm for this upcoming year, but some of the excitement for the first game is dampened by the loss of a handful of players.
At Monday's weekly news conference OU Defensive Tackle Chuka Ndulue was if it had hit him yet that it was opening week.
"Yeah, it's awesome." said Ndulue, "I'm so excited. I woke up this morning feeling refreshed, like it's game day."
There is nothing quite like the excitement of opening week. The eight month football fast is over. Fans and players a like can't wait for that first kickoff.
"Fans are excited to go out there and tailgate, watch and cheer for their favorite team." said Ndulue, "I'm excited I get to hit someone different. I finally get to see someone else. I know Daryl is tired of seeing me and I'm tired of seeing him. Our whole offense is tired of seeing our defense, so they're ready to play someone else."
Oklahoma released their depth chart Monday. At left inside linebacker is Jordan Evans which means the Frank Shannon situation is still unresolved. OU Head Football Coach, Bob Stoops said he's moving on with out him. "Frank Shannon at this point nothing as changed. His situation is still unresolved. Therefore I have to proceed with players that I know will be to me through the rest of the year. So at this point the depth chart is as it is."
The Sooners haven't had much luck this off-season with off the field issues. Joe Mixon was suspended for a year, former Missouri wide out Dorial Green-Beckham was denied his request to play right away and it doesn't look good for walk on quarterback Baker Mayfield. He's waiting to hear from the NCAA if he can suit up this year after transferring from Texas Tech. At this point OU has to march on.
"You obviously want the best for those guys." said OU Starting Quarterback Trevor Knight, "It hurts to see it go on the opposite side of that line, but you still just hope for the best for them. Whether or not it works out for this year you just stay in their back, you stay positive with them and hopefully out in the future. I'll take it back to something that I've said quit a bit and it's what Coach Heupel has instilled in our minds from since I got here. It's not about one guy it's about the strength of the group."
When Oklahoma did release their depth chart they did it via Twitter. One position at a time. Former quarterback Blake Bell is your starting tightend and Jenks native Alex Ross is labeled as a potential starting running back.
Oklahoma host LA Tech this Saturday at 6:00pm from Memorial Stadium in Norman.