First, it was center
Evans injured his right knee in practice on Friday and an MRI on Monday revealed a torn ACL. Between Evans and Habern, who had to end his career because of lingering back and neck injuries, the two seniors had 59 starts between them.
The Sooners will turn to junior
"He's a capable starter," offensive line coach James Patton told the Oklahoman. "He plays hard. He's a great kid. He had a great winter and a great spring, and it looks like he carried it over."
The Sooners open the season with a UTEP on Sept. 1. The
"They were so deep all the way around," Jones said. "So, yeah, we lost two really dominant players, but we're still pretty set at those spots."
Other news and notes around the Big 12
TCUright tackle James Dunbardid not practice because of academic issues as TCU opened camp on Monday. Dunbar, who is listed as a starter in TCU's media guard, also missed the beginning of last season because of academic problems.
West Virginiadefensive coordinator Joe DeForest is emphasizing forcing turnovers. DeForest coached safeties and special teams last year at Oklahoma State, where the Cowboys led the nation in takeaways.
- In the spring game,
Kansaswas so thin on the defensive line that the players on the d-line played for both teams. Coach Charlie Weis added two impact players and good depth with two transfers: Josh Williams, a defensive end from Nebraskawho is a fifth-year senior, and defensive tackle Keon Stowers, who played last season at Georgia Military College.
- Nice profile of K-State quarterback
Collin Kleinin the Sporting News. Klein and the Wildcats are the underappreciated in the Big 12. Will they be able to turn that into motivation for a another climb up the standings?
- Defensive end
Alex Okafor, safety Kenny Vaccaroand tight end Barrett Matthewsare back in the good graces of Texascoach Mack Brown. All three were arrested in May for an incident outside an Austin pizza shop.
- A Q&A with Oklahoma State center
Evan Epstein. Epstein, a senior, should be a big help to freshman quarterback Wes Lunt. Texas Techcoach Tommy Tuberville said he liked his team's energy during the first day of practice on Monday. Tuberville has had nothing but good things to say about his team throughout the preseason.
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