NORMAN — By his own estimation, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops thought 16 returning or projected starters were not in uniform for Saturday’s Red-White Game.
Most of those decisions were precautionary. No sense in making nagging injuries worse by playing in a glorified scrimmage.
The situation could’ve been worse. Defensive end/linebacker Geneo Grissom suffered a sprained MCL and freshman fullback Dimitri Flowers, who had four catches for 40 yards, hyperextended a knee in the second half.
“He’ll be in a brace for six weeks. He should be able to start once we get back in June with no operation,” Stoops said of Grissom’s injury. “Dimitri had a hyperextension and didn’t show any ligament damage. Fortunately that’s the case. That’s always the downside that can bother you in a spring game, to lose somebody. Fortunately, we got away with it and everybody should be set to start back when we do our primary conditioning and strength and speed training in June.”
As it stands, OU does not have any players in need of surgery as it heads into the fall.
Where was Shannon? Middle linebacker Frank Shannon was not in uniform or on the sideline on Saturday.
“Frank, right now, is working on some personal issues, so we’ll wait and see on that,” OU coach Bob Stoops said.
Shannon was not at the open portion of Thursday’s practice. However, he remains on the roster. Shannon, who will be a junior next season, started all 13 games last season. He finished the year with 92 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Big day for Evans: Without Shannon, Jordan Evans is OU’s middle linebacker. There didn’t appear to be any drop off with Evans out there Saturday.
Evans had three tackles and a pass breakup. His hit on K.J. Young that forced the first interception of the day was the play of the game.