White to undergo season-ending knee surgery

Sophomore quarterback Jason White will undergo knee surgery next week to repair his torn ACL

Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Jason White will undergo knee surgery on his left knee next week, ending his season.

White tore the ACL knee ligament during the Nebraska game two weeks ago, and since then has been rehabbing the knee in hopes that could play later this season.

The two week period is time most doctors like for an athlete to take before performing ACL surgery. During that period the swelling usually dies down and the athlete has already started to build up the muscle surrounding the knee. In this case both instances have happened for White.

However, White was so determined to play again that he took the two week period to see if he could get enough stability in the knee to possibly play. This was a hope shared by OU Head Coach Bob Stoops, who played for two years at Iowa with no ACL. Despite moving around fairly well on the knee White never felt that he could get the knee stable enough to play up to his standards.

Now the hope is that he can get the surgery and rehab it enough to go through some drills this spring and be all the way back for start of two-a-days during the summer before the 2002 season.

White threw for 681 yards and five touchdown passes against only three interceptions while completing 73-of-113 passes in seven games this season. The sophomore from Tuttle was also the Sooners' third leading rusher with 258 yards on 52 carries.

Junior Nate Hybl will continue as the starting quarterback with freshman Hunter Wall as the backup. The Sooners still plan on redshirting Brent Rawls this year.

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