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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Crimson Countdown: LB Frank Shannon

By Brandon Chatmon

During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.

No. 20 Frank Shannon
Linebacker, 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, sophomore


Impact thus far: After a redshirt season, Shannon started making waves as a potential impact player in the spring of 2012. He didn’t disappoint during the fall, with two starts in 11 games played as a redshirt freshman. He had 38 tackles (22 solo) including three tackles for loss, two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Expectations for 2013: Shannon should be a major part of OU’s defense in 2013. He may have the best instincts of any Sooners’ linebacker and rarely goes unnoticed when he’s on the field. If the Sooners use more linebackers this fall, expect Shannon to be a major part of their plans.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Shannon emerges as one of the best linebackers in the Big 12 and finishes in the top three in tackles. If he can become an impact player at linebacker it would lessen the pressure on OU’s inexperienced secondary and defensive line by giving the Sooners' defense a known playmaker in the middle of the field.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Shannon takes a step backward and doesn’t make the natural progression expected from freshman to sophomore year. He struggles to secure his spot on the defense and is unable to separate himself as a quality linebacker.

SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Shannon: A. He started making an impact immediately as a redshirt freshman and OU could be looking at three years of quality production from Shannon, who was just a three-star recruit out of Dallas Skyline in the Class of 2011. A terrific job of evaluation by the Sooners.

SoonerNation’s development grade for Shannon: A. Even though OU had returning starters in Corey Nelson and Tom Wort, the Sooners didn’t hesitate to try to find a role for Shannon as he emerged as a playmaker as a redshirt freshman. He rewarded them with solid performances against Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma State.