Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced sophomore linebacker Tay Evans will not play football anymore because of concussion issues. Stoops said the decision on the Allen High School graduate was made last week before the TCU game.
"The doctors just feel it is in his best interest moving forward not to, and so he's disappointed and we're disappointed for him," Stoops said in his Monday’s press conference. "It hurts us, a guy that had been starting and really had an incredibly future, but we want the best for him moving forward in his life."
Evans suffered his latest concussion in the Sept. 17 game against Ohio State.
Stoops said Evans has the opportunity to be a student-coach for the Sooners and will go on medical scholarship.
Evans indicated he will remain in school and the NCAA rules allow Oklahoma to put Evans on the medical-waiver scholarship. He'll still receive all the benefits of an athletic scholarship but it won't count against the Sooners' allocation of 85 total football scholarships.
Evans was a redshirt sophomore and has been a starter in the Sooners' first three games this season. Against Ohio State in week three Evans had five tackles for the Sooners and has 10 tackles for the season including one tackle for a loss.
Evans saw action in 13 games during his Oklahoma career. The redshirt sophomore battled for the inside linebacker starting spot that was vacated by Dominique Alexander, who led the Sooners in tackles during the past two seasons.
Evans is the older brother of OU offensive tackle Bobby Evans and their father is Bobby Joe Evans who was the 1994-95 Texas Gatorade High School Player of the Year in basketball and played at basketball at Oklahoma from 1996-98.
Evans was a member of the Sooners’ 2014 recruiting class where he chose the Sooners over a dozen reported offers that included Arizona State, Baylor, Kansas State, Rice, SMU and Stanford.
Evans earned first team All-State honors from TheOldCoach.com as a leader of an Allen defense that helped the Eagles win the 5A Division I State Titles in 2012 and 2013.
Oklahoma had some injury concerns about Evans who had shoulder surgery following his senior season at Allen High School after the linebacker amassed 65 tackles, six sacks and recovered three fumbles for the Eagles but the surgery and rehab was successful.
Evans also played for the Allen high school basketball team, a logical skill given that his father, Bobby Joe, averaged 5.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in his three year career with the Sooners.
Evans released this statement on his twitter account for Sooner Nation.