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Concussion ends Sooner DT's career

Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:00 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma's defensive line got a bit thinner on Thursday as the school announced that rising sophomore defensive tackle Daniel Noble will no longer play football for Oklahoma, or anybody else. Noble worked his way into the Sooners' defensive line rotation last season as a freshman, but suffered a concussion against Iowa State. Noble missed the rest of the season due to the concussion, and though he returned for spring practice, a setback kept him out of Oklahoma's spring game.

Now, with the effects of the concussion still lingering, Noble has decided to put an end to his football career.

“He's still having trouble,” Bob Stoops told The Oklahoman. “He was a strong, young guy that did well. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to get past the injury.” 

This news leaves Oklahoma with only three returning defensive tackles that have any playing experience: Casey Walker, Stacy McGee and Jamarkus McFarland. Redshirt freshman Torrea Peterson is the likely candidate to replace Noble in Oklahoma's rotation. 

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 1:00 pm

Concussion ends Sooner DT's career

Oh, I know you are correct.  And even if they eventually found some incredible head gear, then you still have neck and spinal injuries as a result of guys colliding at full speed.  I do notice the shoulder pads being worn seem to get smaller and smaller.  Is that a result of better shock absorption in newer padding, or simply because the guys want to be less restricted and faster?  I noticed Charles Woodson's shoulder pads to be almost non-existent, and seeing him hit the turf in the Super Bowl messing up his shoulder.  I'm by no means an expert in this; just curious.

And, like you said, I hope his concussion symptoms will subside soon.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 9:47 pm

Concussion ends Sooner DT's career

oklahomakid93 et al, the problem is not that we are in the infant stages of headgear.  While helmets technology is being tweaked continually, these injuries are the results of the laws of physics and the physiology of the brain and skull when they are tested by the impact of a shoulder pad on a helmet, the helmet hitting the ground and the brain getting bruised in the process. and all the things that go against the health of a player in a sport like football. This is a good young guy and even if he was a bad guy we all hope the after effects of the concussion don't linger any longer so he can live a great and happy life.

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:39 pm

Concussion ends Sooner DT's career

It has been a hard off season for the Sooners with the death of Box and now this news. I feel for the young man and hope he does well in the future .The Sooners have a few holes on the defense however they are still a stacked team and a very serious contender for a national Championship run

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:16 pm

Concussion ends Sooner DT's career

we all know injuries are part of the game. Sorry to hear this happened. Best of luck to the young man in the future. I hope you have a full and speedy recovery. Good luck in whatever you do.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:31 pm

Concussion ends Sooner DT's career

I think I read something about Noble going on a medical scholy.  I hate to lose a potential up and coming player; especially at a position we're so thin at.  However, I'm proud of him putting his health first, and also for the OU coaches not talking him into playing through it. 

I hope there comes a day where a headgear is made that can protect the player more, but as violent as the game is, I don't see it happening anytime soon.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:23 pm

Concussion ends Sooner DT's career

That's a terrible shame for Daniel.  You hate to see a young man lose his career to injury, but I'm sure he knows better than anyone how it's affecting him.  I hope Stoops has the class to keep him on scholarship, the way Pinkel did with Prince and his injury.

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