01/11/2013 - Oklahoma had a third underclassman declare for the NFL Draft on Wednesday, but this one came out of the blue. Middle linebacker Tom Wort has elected to forgo his final season of eligibility. "We wish Tom the very best as he concludes his time at the University of Oklahoma," OU coach Bob Stoops said in a statement Wednesday night. "Tom has earned his degree and has informed me that he plans to declare for the NFL Draft."
The fourth-year junior started 12 of OU's 13 games this season, but saw his role drastically reduced from his previous two seasons as a starter. OU went with a defensive back-heavy scheme that kept Wort and weakside linebacker Corey Nelson on the sideline against spread offenses. Redshirt freshman Frank Shannon was the only linebacker on the field against four-or-more receiver sets.
Late in the season, Wort admitted his role on the team had transformed in Mike Stoops' first season back as defensive coordinator. "The position has definitely changed and the game of football is always evolving. You have to adapt," he said on Nov. 26. "We're all just doing the best that we can." The lack of playing time showed in Wort's production. He finished the season with 53 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. - John Shinn, The Norman Transcript
01/10/2013 - Wort, a native of England who took up football shortly after moving to the United States as a junior high school student, has flashed playmaking ability throughout his career with the Sooners but he hasn't ascended to the levels some anticipated. He's an instinctive and active defender at his best on the move but may lack the athleticism needed to play outside against NFL speed. Though he flashes physicality and forced the first two fumbles of his career in 2012, Wort isn't as effective when asked to take on and shed blocks in the hole, one of the reasons why some believe he'll struggle unless protected up front. This could limit him to middle linebacker position in the 4-3 alignment or as a special teams defender. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/10/2013 - Despite coming off the worst season (statistically-speaking) of his collegiate career, Oklahoma middle linebacker Tom Wort is bypassing his senior season and heading to the NFL. The 6-0, 238 pound Wort is ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 13 inside linebacker in the 2014 draft class and is viewed by some as a 'tweener who could struggle to find a niche at the next level.
Wort registered "just" 52 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 2012. He'd posted 14 more tackles as a true freshman (and 2.5 more sacks) despite starting two less games and was coming off a sophomore campaign in which he'd demonstrated a developing knack for big plays, game, notching three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble recovery) to go along with a career high 71 tackles. For his efforts Wort was recognized with honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades in 2011.
"We wish Tom the very best as he concludes his time at the University of Oklahoma," head coach Bob Stoops said as part of the official release on the team's athletic website. "Tom has earned his degree and has informed me that he plans to declare for the NFL Draft." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/22/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Tom Wort -- OU's middle LB has graded out very well through two games even if his tackle numbers (12, seven solos) are not off the charts. But just as King and Washington must produce against the Wildcats' run game, so too must Wort. - The Sports Xchange
08/08/2012 - Oklahoma cannot afford any more injuries, but linebackers coach Tim Kish admitted on Tuesday that middle linebacker Tom Wort was pretty beat up with nagging injuries. "He's got a back, he's got an ankle, he's got a shoulder. It's not anything that's surgery-wise, it's just stuff that's got to heal. And it's tough to heal when you're going through camp," Kish said. "But he's got to play." Kish is dividing the reps equally among all his linebackers in the three-deep to try and keep them fresh. This being a new defense, no one can afford to miss any time on the field, and that includes Wort. Still, Kish is trying to limit Wort's exposure. "He needs those reps, so it's a fine line to how much you involve him in the camp. And he's not 100 percent healthy, but we can't use that as an excuse for him. He's got all kinds of nicks and that's typical for what you have as a football player," Kish said. "We're trying to balance that and manage that for him." - John Shinn, The Norman Transcript
07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tom Wort, LB, Oklahoma, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Wort started 12 games at middle linebacker in 2011, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors after collecting 71 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He racked up a career-high two sacks at Kansas State and led the squad with 11 tackles vs. Iowa State. The New Braunfels, Texas, native has opened 21 games at middle linebacker during his two previous campaigns with the Sooners. - Oklahoma football
07/18/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tom Wort, Oklahoma, has been selected to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the top linebacker in college football by the Butkus Foundation. One of 51 players named to the watch list for The Butkas Award, presented annually to the nation's best linebacker, Wort earned his second watch list nomination after being named one of three Sooners on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy list last Thursday. The junior started 12 games at middle linebacker in 2011, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors after collecting 71 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He racked up a career-high two sacks at Kansas State and led the squad with 11 tackles against Iowa State. - Oklahoma football