Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sooner News Update: Good & Bad

Norman, OK--The University of Oklahoma Athletic Department sent out a release today touting one of it's stars as the leading candidate for a major award. Jermaine Gresham, the senior tight end for the Sooners, is the leading candidate for the John Mackey Award. The Mackey is given annually to the nation's top tight end. Gresham has collected 58 catches this season for 805 yards and 3 touchdowns. Gresham opted to not leave Oklahoma early after the 2008 season for the NFL Draft. Knowing what is known now, maybe the decision was not the correct one. On the same day his status with the Mackey was announced, it was also announced by the university that Gresham will be out for the rest of the season with a ruptured disk in his back. He suffered an injury late in the Nebraska game last week. The extent of the injury was unknown to the media and based on reactions from Coach JHeb, he was unaware of the potential seriousness of the injury. The Sooners will miss Gresham in the lineup as he is the team's leading receiver. Wide receiver Jameel Owens is the next leading receiver with 27 receptions, a difference of 31 catches. The team announced senior Brody Eldridge will now start at tight end for the Sooners and junior Eric Mensik will serve as the number two. There is a chance that the redshirt could be pulled off of sophomore James Hanna. The Sooner coaching staff will try to not do that but will do so if he's needed this season.

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