Oklahoma’s secondary depth just took a hit. Coach Bob Stoops announced on Thursday that sophomore corner backs P.J. Mbanasor and Antoine Stephens intend to transfer from the program.
“Antoine Stephens and also P.J. Mbanasor are guys that want to try and find something different. At this point that’s all I know of,” Stoops said.
Mbanasor, who redshirted last season, came to Norman as a consensus 4-star recruit in 2015 and played in 10 games as a freshman. He finishes his Ou career with seven total tackles and a pass breakup. Stephens, a 3-star corner, redshirted his freshman year in 2015 and did not play last season.
While both corners were down on the depth chart, the loss is a blow to depth. Anytime two players, especially from the same class, leave the program there is a concern that it could cause vacuum for future years. Oklahoma has As guys like senior CB Jordan Thomas graduate or move on to the NFL, the Sooners will be forced to rely on younger talent like incoming freshman Justin Broiles.
The announcement leaves the Sooners with just six corners on scholarship for 2017, but Oklahoma fans shouldn’t worry about it too much. Coach Stoops has a proven track record of successfully using the JUCO and graduate transfer markets to address needs as they arise.