Last season’s Oklahoma Sooners football team was ridden with some crushing injuries. Senior fullback Trey Millard and linebacker Corey Nelson, in particular, had their seasons and careers cut short due to injuries. Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, also, suffered a season-ending injury, but would still be able to come back and compete in 2014 as a redshirt junior.
However, as first reported by Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman, Phillips received some great news Wednesday. The NCAA granted Phillips a medical hardship waiver following his brief 2013 season, which included season-ending back surgery.
With great size at 6’6″ and 334 pounds, Phillips is now listed as a redshirt sophomore on Oklahoma’s official roster. He recorded seven tackles and 1.5 sacks in four games, all of which he started, in 2013.
Phillips played in 11 games in 2012, but as a starter, Phillips gained a lot of attention from the fanbase and his potential seems to be through the roof.
The medical hardship waiver is a huge boost for Oklahoma’s defensive line—depending if Phillips returns, of course. If he were to have a breakout season and pro scouts come calling after him, he might bolt for the NFL.
However, a best case scenario for OU’s defense in 2015, which features some presumably tough road games, is to have Phillips return and Charles Tapper to stay for his senior year. And that would be a scary d-line.
Phillips could stay as long as 2016, which would allow him to enjoy a newly renovated Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. He still has much to prove with little starting experience, but this is great news for what’s already been an unforgettable Oklahoma off-season.