Saturday will be the first glimpse of what’s to come in 2014. Well, sort of.
As we learned, Blake Bell will be sidelined for the rest of spring. However, The Oklahoman reports more injuries that will keep a few big names on OU’s 2014 roster from playing in the annual Red-White game.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops announced Tuesday that 11 players, including wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal, would miss the game with various injuries.
Shepard is out with a pulled hamstring, while Neal injured both his knee and his ankle.
Other players sidelined include Rashod Favors (knee), Quincy Russell (ankle),Blake Bell (knee) and Nila Kasitati (infection).
Julian Wilson, Adam Shead, Tyrus Thompson and Tyler Evans have not participated in spring practice. (NewsOK)
This is not a huge cause for concern, as it all seems to be minor setbacks. However, from a fan’s perspective, it’s discouraging some of the favorites will not be suiting up.
Shepard, in particular, is a player expected to be the leader of the receiving corps. And while he wouldn’t pull out any tricks in a scrimmage, he is an exciting player to watch that fans won’t get to enjoy this weekend.
This does open the door for a lot of young guys to create some hype for themselves. All eyes will definitely be on the running backs and to see the true depth of this offensive line.
The divided Oklahoma team will take the field in red and white jerseys this Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.