Oklahoma Sooners junior defensive lineman Charles Walker will miss Saturday’s rivalry game against the Texas Longhorns with a concussion that he suffered during last Saturday’s game against TCU, head coach Bob Stoops confirmed on Wednesday. The move will presumably push junior D.J. Ward up the depth chart and allow him to get the start at the defensive end spot usually occupied by Walker.
A 6’2″, 304-pounder out of Garland, Texas, Walker was named to the second-team All-Big 12 last season when he had 36 tackles, 10 of which were for a loss, and six sacks, while forcing the first fumble of his career, playing in 12 games for the Sooners. But despite his stellar regular season, he would miss the College Football Playoff semi-final against Clemson with an injury, and now finds himself on the shelf against Oklahoma’s biggest rival during the Red River Rivalry.
Lightly recruited out of high school, the three-star d-lineman had offers from just New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Texas, and Texas State, as well as Oklahoma. He would commit to the Sooners just one day after taking his official visit in January 2013.
With two years of eligibility remaining, Walker is looking to build off an impressive sophomore campaign, starting the season out with seven tackles in the first four games, two of which came for a loss. Oddly enough, his four passes defended currently ranks second in the Big 12.
After a season-saving 52-46 win over TCU on Saturday, the 2-2 Sooners lock horns with 2-2 Texas on Saturday. Last season, the Longhorns provided Oklahoma with their only loss of the regular season.