The wide receiver position is wide open at Oklahoma, but the Sooners will be down one major target for the next several months.
Stoops said Smallwood will be out throughout spring and summer and is expected to miss at least the first couple of games of the 2015 season.
“He’s just an unbelievably competitive and hungry kid, regardless of what happened the other day, has a really bright future here,” offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said. “We’re still really thrilled about him.”
This will be the second year since Smallwood has been at OU that he’s had to deal with a major injury. Smallwood suffered a major foot injury the first week of practice as a true freshman, which was a huge reason he had to redshirt in 2013.
Playing limited time last season, Smallwood had three catches for 21 yards and has become known as one of the most physical blockers on the edge for the Sooners.
The Smallwood news comes on the heels of OU indefinitely suspending running back Keith Ford on Monday morning. Ford is no longer on OU’s online roster, but there are nothing but kind words and well wishes going toward Smallwood.
“Smallwood is probably one of the hardest working guys that I’ve met in life,” wide receiver Durron Neal said. “He’s the first one here and the last to leave, literally. I know he’s working right now to get ready for everything. He’s ready for the challenge ahead, and I know he’s going to be fine because hard work is all he knows.”