Both the Sooners and the Longhorns are in need of a big win on Saturday. Unfortunately, both are struggling to get their stars to the game. Longhorn running back Chris Warren III has already been ruled out, and now Oklahoma will be down a star of their own.
It is being reported that star defensive end Charles Walker will miss the Red River Showdown on Saturday with concussion-like symptoms.
Losing Walker is a big blow for a defense that hasn’t exactly been the model of efficiency. An All-Big 12 second teamer last season, He’s already racked up seven tackles in four games this season.
“Charles is a really good player,” Stoops said at his weekly press conference. “I thought (he) had one of his better games. He’s an active guy, he’s very talented, has got a lot of size, quickness to him, and it’s good to see him get that big reach up there and knock a few balls down.”
Walker’s backup, D.J. Ward, missed last week’s game against TCU due to an injury, but is expected back this week.
Complicating matters, the Sooners will also be without fellow defensive end Matt Dimon, who was injured against Ohio State. That means freshman Austin Roberts and Nevile Gallimore can expect more time in the rotation.