OU football notebook: Jordan Parker’s injury, Rodney Anderson’s touchdown, Jonathan Alvarez’ redshirt and Baker Mayfield’s weekly award
More on losing Jordan Parker
When Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Jordan Parker went to the turf in the first quarter last week against UTEP, it was hard for Jordan Thomas to watch.
“It’s tough seeing that kind of thing, because that’s something I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy,” Thomas said. “You can tell how passionate he is about the game, and even there on the field when they let him know, I can just see the tears in his eyes, and I felt the tears in my eyes.”
OU coach Lincoln Riley announced Monday Parker will miss the entire season with a knee injury he suffered on a special teams play, and that leaves freshmen Tre Brown, Tre Norwood and Justin Broiles as OU’s backups to Thomas and Parnell Motley at cornerback.
“We lose a really quality player, and the kid loses a year, so it’s disappointing,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “Tre Brown and Tre Norwood have been excellent, and Justin Broiles would move up, so we just got to keep pushing those guys along.”
A meaningful score for Anderson
Rodney Anderson ran only four times for 14 yards Saturday against UTEP, but one of those carries was a 2-yard touchdown to cap OU’s opening drive.
“All I can really remember is I got around the edge, and I saw the goal line,” Anderson said. “I can’t really explain it, I just got in there. It was real exciting.”
It was Anderson’s first career touchdown after missing most of the past two seasons with severe leg and neck injuries.
“Once I got back to the sideline, I started to think about everything I’ve been through,” Anderson said. “I felt really blessed to finally have the opportunity to get in the game and make something of it.”
Redshirt for Alvarez?
OU coach Lincoln Riley mentioned it’s likely the Sooners will try to redshirt senior offensive Jonathan Alvarez. Alvarez started 10 games in 2015 and started the first three games of 2016, but after missing three games with an injury, he lost his job at center to former high school teammate Erick Wren.
Alavarez is part of a deep offensive line this year, but position coach Bill Bedenbaugh gave a little more insight on OU’s thinking.
“I think it would be great (to redshirt him),” Bedenbaugh said. “Unfortunately he didn’t play much as a freshman. We would have like to redshirted him, but he was our backup center but was never really forced into a situation after those early games, to play. I think it will help us next year with depth. Hopefully we can. At this point, I don’t know what will happen.”
Another honor for Mayfield
Baker Mayfield was named the Big 12’s Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after his performance in Oklahoma’s 56-7 victory against UTEP.
Mayfield completed 19 of his 20 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns, all of which came in the first half.
This is the fourth time Mayfield has received the honor in his career and the third time at OU. Mayfield also won the honor once as a freshman at Texas Tech.