Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Frank Shannon (20) celebrates a sack against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

No Frank Shannon could spell trouble for Oklahoma defense

If you didn’t realize it, because so many key players were missing Saturday, a certain leading tackler for the Sooners has been MIA as of late.

Frank Shannon missed Saturday’s Red-White Game due to personal reasons.

Dec 01, 2012; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Frank Shannon (20) runs after recovering a fumble during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Oklahoma won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

As it appears, his future in Norman seems a bit in question.

Shannon was a huge part of Oklahoma’s success last season on defense, a defense that has made great strides with Mike Stoops’ coaching taking full effect.

Without Shannon, Oklahoma may have to heavily rely on Jordan Evans.

While he did have a huge hit on K.J. Young Saturday and appears to have a solid 2014 as a backup, Evans may get the opportunity to start in place of Shannon.

It is nice Evans may get a jump start on his career at Oklahoma, losing a guy like Shannon is a tad concerning. Even to Mike Stoops.

“We’re going to have to make some adjustments. I can’t really tell you at this point. Frank’s status, I’m not at liberty to discuss that. Our linebacker position is somewhere where we need to gain some depth. That’s a little bit scary for us.” – Mike Stoops (via NewsOK)

As a redshirt sophomore, Shannon led Oklahoma with 92 tackles and even picked off one pass and made two sacks.

Replacing his production will be difficult, and Mike Stoops and Co. will definitely have to make some adjustments going forward if Shannon does not return to the team.

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