The Oklahoma Sooners have been dealt a huge blow, as offensive lineman Tyler Evans re-injured his ACL and will miss the entire 2013 season.
Evans would have been a redshirt senior in 2013. He was redshirted medically last season when he tore his ACL before the 2012 season in training camp. Evans was participating in a non-contact drill earlier this week when he re-injured his ACL, and head coach Bob Stoops announced that the injury will require him to receive a second surgery.
Evans has started 29 games for the Sooners, but after re-injuring his ACL, he may not be able to play football again.
This is very unfortunate news for Oklahoma. Last season, the Sooners lost three starters on the offensive line, Evans included. Now in 2013, it appears as though they’re already being struck by injuries to the line yet again.
Gabe Ikard, the Sooner’s starting center, injured his right hand about a week ago. He will not miss any time during the 2013 season, but he is just more proof of the injury bug lurking around Norman.
The Sooners had a hard enough time trying to figure out what to do with its offensive line last season. They don’t want to have to go through that again in 2013, and nobody would have thought Evans would go down a second time with the same injury.
As for Evans, it has not been decided whether or not he will apply for an NCAA medical hardship waiver to grant himself another year of eligibility, but it is safe to say his football future is in jeopardy.
I hope Evans can make a full recovery and get back on the field one day.