Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced Monday afternoon redshirt sophomore linebacker Tay Evans’ football career is over because of concussion issues.
Evans missed Saturday’s game against TCU after suffering a concussion vs. Ohio State. It was not his first one, and after consulting with doctors, the advice was for Evans to quit playing football.
It’s a major blow for OU, but an even bigger one for Evans as we starting to find his footing as one of the starting linebackers for the Sooners.
Evans was a big-time talent from Allen (Texas) High and his father, Bobby Joe, played basketball for the Sooners. Evans’ younger brother, Bobby, is a starting offensive lineman for the Sooners as well.
Stoops said he has given Evans the option to be a student-coach the rest of the way, and he’ll be put on medical scholarship the rest of his time in Norman.
With Evans out, Stoops said guys like Curtis Bolton and Jon-Michael Terry will be expected to make more of a difference to go along with Emmanuel Beal.
Beal, a juco recruit for the 2016 class, played pretty well in absence of Evans against the Horned Frogs and will be expected to contribute even more going forward.