Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops confirmed on Monday that sophomore wide receiver Jordan Smallwood tore his ACL in practice, and will miss the remainder of spring ball. The team’s twitter account first broke the news.
. @OU_CoachStoops confirms that WR Jordan Smallwood has suffered a left ACL injury. Will likely miss first 1-2 games of season.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) March 30, 2015
Smallwood, a highly touted recruit in the 2014 class, will undergo surgery, but could return to the Oklahoma sideline by the third game of the 2015 season, barring any setbacks.
As the Sooners push forward towards the end of spring practices, OU is looking for answers at the receiver position.
Smallwood has been bitten by the injury bug once before. He redshirted his freshman year after a foot injury kept him on the sidelines. Last season Smallwood played all 13 games, but only had three catches for a total of 21 yards. The injury comes as Sooners are rapidly approaching their annual Red/White scrimmage and are in the process of installing a new “Air-Raid” offense under first-year Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Riley.
Oklahoma is hoping to get much better production out of its’ receivers next fall, and must do so in the new, pass-heavy system. Last fall, Oklahoma took a barrage of criticism after Oklahoma’s offense sputtered at times, and often stalled on drives.
The Sooners will need to find other targets than Sterling Shepard for OU’s quarterback to be successful. No matter who the quarterback is. Shepard missed time last season due to injury as well.
Oklahoma’s spring scrimmage is April 11th.
– Cover Photo Credit: Jordan Smallwood – USATSI