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Oklahoma’s Tay Evans ends career due to concussions

03 September, 2016: Houston Cougars quarterback D'Eriq King (4) breaks a tackle by Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Tay Evans (9) during the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff between the Oklahoma Sooners and Houston Cougars at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas. (Photograph by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire)
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Oklahoma Sooners’ linebacker Tay Evans’ career is over due to issues with concussions, coach Bob Stoops announced during his Monday press conference. Evans, a redshirt sophomore, won a starting job in the preseason for Oklahoma.

For his career, Evans has played in 13 games for the Sooners. He has 18 total tackles in a little over a year of college football. His most recent start came in Oklahoma’s September 17 loss to Ohio State in which he recorded five tackles. That performance tied a career-high he set in Week 1 against Houston.

He was notably named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team in 2015.

In his press conference, Stoops also mentioned that he has offered Evans the chance to be a student-coach for the team. He will remain on a medical scholarship and, as a student-coach, would not count against the team’s scholarship limit.

“We want the best for him moving forward in his life, first and foremost,” Stoops said.

With Evans out, junior linebacker Emmanuel Beal has moved into the starting role for the team. Beal is a junior college transfer from Lackawanna College where he recorded 48 tackles and five sacks in his two seasons there.

Oklahoma is ranked 20th in the latest version of the AP Poll after a win over then-No. 21 TCU. It was their first win against a top 25 opponent following losses to Houston and Ohio State from earlier in the season. The win vaulted the Sooners back into the top 25 after dropping out following the aforementioned loss to the Buckeyes.

The team is now an even 2-2 heading into Saturday’s matchup against Texas.

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