Perhaps the only negative to a nearly flawless season opener by the Oklahoma Sooners was when defensive back Jordan Parker left the game do to injury. Unfortunately, it looks like he will not be able to return to the field this season as coach Riley confirmed on Monday that Parker is out for the remainder of the year.
Head Coach Lincoln Riley says that sophomore CB Jordan Parker is out for the season with a knee injury suffered against UTEP.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 4, 2017
Parker was a highly recruited four-star prospect out of California coming out of high school. After playing in ten games as a freshman, the sophomore was expected to be a key contributor to the Sooner secondary this season.
The injury took place on a special teams play, and head coach Lincoln Riley noted that it seemed to be a non-contact knee injury. The exact nature of the injury was not disclosed, but it is to his left knee and will require surgery. A definite time table beyond the season is not yet clear.
For Parker, it’s yet another health setback. He underwent two heart surgeries in the summer of 2016 after being diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. He didn’t let that slow him down though, and he was still able to come in and make an impact as a freshman. He played in 10 games last season and started in the final eight games.
Hopefully he will respond to this knee surgery with similar fortitude and be ready to roll at the start of the 2018 campaign.
For Oklahoma, an already suspect Sooner secondary just took another blow. Look for Tre Norwood and Tre Brown to step up in Parker’s absence. Lincoln Riley had high praise for Tre Brown and believes he will be able to fill Parker’s void. Brown, a highly ranked high school prospect will see a lot of playing time as a true freshman. Senior leader, Steven Parker, will need to rally the secondary as they head into a showdown against the second ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.