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Oklahoma LB Shane Whitter Out For Season With Shoulder Injury

According to OUInsider’s Parker Thune, Oklahoma junior linebacker Shane Whitter has suffered a left shoulder injury that will require surgery and force him to miss the remainder of the 2022 season.

While Whitter was not a starter for Oklahoma, his loss is a big one as the Sooners are now left with just four active scholarship linebackers.

 

The OU defense started off the year on fire, but over the last two games, we have seen the Sooners suffer from repeated mental breakdowns in coverage that have resulted in huge plays for opposing offenses. Both TCU and Kansas State have had huge days on the ground against Oklahoma and has led to some frustration for their coaching staff. After the loss to Kansas State, Brent Venables addressed the depth at linebacker for OU saying that it was “not good” and that was before the loss of Whitter.

This new injury might force Venables to burn one of the redshirts from a pair of 2022 signees Kobie McKinzie and Kip Lewis. McKinzie, a four-star linebacker out of Lubbock, Texas, was a huge win for Venables in last year’s class as Oklahoma was able to flip him from Texas after he committed to the Longhorns following the departure of Lincoln Riley. Lewis, also a four-star linebacker out of Texas (Carthage) has plenty of raw skills but needs to add some weight to his frame before he can make an impact for Oklahoma defensively.

The injury news seems to keep rolling in Norman, and there is still more than half a season left to play for the Sooners.

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