Oklahoma LB Tay Evans medically retires due to concussions

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Oklahoma linebacker <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/238542/" data-ylk="slk:Tay Evans">Tay Evans</a> last played on Sept. 17 vs. Ohio State. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma linebacker Tay Evans last played on Sept. 17 vs. Ohio State. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma linebacker Tay Evans has retired from football.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops announced Monday that Evans, a redshirt sophomore, has been medically disqualified due to concussions.

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Evans, a starter in the first three games of the season, did not play in the Sooners’ win over TCU on Saturday. Stoops called the news “a heartbreaker.”

“He’s just had some concussions and the doctors feel it’s in his best interest, moving forward, not to (play),” Stoops said. “And so he’s disappointed. We’re disappointed for him for sure. You know, it hurts us. The guy had been starting and really had an incredible future, but we want the best for him moving forward in his life first and foremost.”

Evans played in 13 games in his career. His last appearance was earlier this year versus Ohio State, when he tied a career high with five tackles.


Stoops said Evans will stay on scholarship and has the option to move into a student coaching role. Evans will be put on medical scholarship, so he won’t count against the Sooners’ 85-man limit next season.

Stoops mentioned Emmanuel Beal and Curtis Bolton as two guys who could step up in Evans’ absence. Beal started against the Horned Frogs over the weekend.

Now 2-2 after holding on against TCU, the Sooners head to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas to face rival Texas on Saturday.

For more Oklahoma news, visit SoonerScoop.com.

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