Dad, 'gut-check game' help turn season around for Sooners' Evans
NORMAN, Okla. (KOKH) —
Oklahoma may have beaten Texas Tech on the scoreboard, but the game certainly didn't feel like a win for the Sooners' defense.
Giving up 59 points and 854 total yards can do that to you.
But Senior linebacker Jordan Evans carried a heavier burden than most for the team's struggles on defense, laying much of the blame on himself.
"I think guys were playing good," said Evans. "I think just my level of play is what was bringing the defense down."
Evans called the shootout a gut-check and said he had to take a long, hard look in the mirror and make some changes. But he wouldn't have to shoulder the load alone.
Evans met with his dad, former Sooner Scott Evans, after the Tech game. Together the father and son watch about three hours of film, whether Jordan wanted to or not.
"I had to watch the film. As bad as I didn't want to, I knew it was going to be brutal. But it helped," said Evans.
Help it certainly did.
Since the film session, Evans is averaging around 7 tackles per game and has four interceptions in four games, including pick-six last week in Morgantown.
"It's very obvious in the last several weeks, the standout plays and he's done a great job of leading at practice as well as making those kind of plays in practice too," said Sooners' head coach Bob Stoops.
Evans has been instrumental in Oklahoma's defensive turnaround. The unit has held opponents under 30 points in each game since the shootout with the Red Raiders. Prior to that, only two opponents failed to 30 in seven games.
Evans is dealing with a strain suffered in Saturday's blowout win over West Virginia. Coach Stoops says he'll rest this week as the team hopes to have him ready for Bedlham on December 3.