The Sooner’s media day on Sunday was mostly an upbeat affair as it’s general goal is to highlight positives for the season and show off their facilities. However, there was some bad news. Lincoln Riley confirmed that four players have been ruled out for the 2018 season due to health concerns and suffered injuries, and all four losses are on the defensive side of the ball.
In one of the scarier health concerns, freshman linebacker Jalen Redmond was hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs. He spent a few of days in the Hospital, but is expected to be fine and be with the team next season.
Redmond was a 4-star, highly-touted member of the Sooner’s 2018 class out of Midwest City, OK, and before the health scare, he was expected to be a part of the rotation this season in the JACK position. Instead, Redmond will use his redshirt year and will have four years of eligibility remaining starting next season.
The three others have all suffered season-ending injuries. Freshman defensive tackle Michael Thompson is out with an ACL injury, junior safety Chanse Sylvie is out with an injured Achilles, and senior defensive back Prentice McKinney has a shoulder injury.
Like Redmond, Thomson is a true freshman and was a 4-star member of the 2018 class, and his loss cuts into the depth at the tackle position. He will also redshirt this season, preserving his eligibility.
The Loss of Sylvie will be felt in the defensive backfield as he’s contributed minutes since stepping foot in Norman. He played in 11 games as a true freshman, played in all 14 games last season, and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team in 2017. If there is a silver lining here, it’s that he has yet to use his redshirt year, so he won’t lose any eligibility.
The loss of Sylvie and McKinney is a double whammy for the safety position. McKinney was a 4-star member of the Sooner’s 2015 class, but has only seen limited action in his first three years. Like the first three though, McKinney has his redshirt year available and would be eligible to return in 2019.
In a bit of good news though, Riley confirmed that Oklahoma will get defensive back Jordan Parker back from injury. He suffered a season-ending injury in last year’s opener, and he’s expected to help out at the safety position this fall.