The Oklahoma Sooners chance for a championship in 2013 just took a serious hit. Bob Stoops has announced that senior linebacker Corey Nelson’s season is probably over with. Coach Stoops said Nelson has a partially torn pectoral muscle and that might mark the end of his Oklahoma Sooners’ playing career.
Here is how important Corey Nelson is to the Oklahoma Sooners defense. In the first half of play against the TCU Horned Frogs, OU limited TCU to 17 passing yards and negative one rushing yards with no first downs. Nelson was injured in the third quarter of the game and TCU ended up scoring 17 points to make it a close game.
Nelson came into the game leading the Oklahoma Sooners in tackles, and currently ranks second on the team with 27 tackles, 13 of them solo. He also has one sack, an interception, which he returned for a touchdown, four pass breakups, five passes defensed and three quarterback hurries.
Coach Stoops said that Nelson will undergo surgery on Tuesday.
His replacement will be a freshman – Dominique Alexander. The big 80-yard touchdown run by George Atkinson III in the Notre Dame game was blown coverage by Alexander. Now, heading into the 2013 Red River Rivalry with the Texas Longhorns, Alexander will have to grow up very fast as he is expected to replace the Oklahoma Sooners’ defensive team captain.
With Nelson, the heart and soul of the defense out, there will need to be a maturation by the young talent who join Frank Shannon in the revitalized linebacker corps, a big part of the 2013 defensive success by the Sooners. Along with Alexander, Eric Striker has been getting a lot of playing time this season, morphing into one of OU’s big playmakers.