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Bob Stoops announced Monday, during his weekly press conference, that starting linebacker Tay Evans will be retiring from football due to concussions.

“He’s just had some head concussions and the doctors feel it’s in his best interest, moving forward, not to (keep playing),” Stoops said to reporters. “And so he’s disappointed. We’re disappointed for him for sure. You know, it hurts us. The guy had been starting and really had an incredible future, but we want the best for him moving forward in his life first and foremost.”

Evans, a redshirt sophomore, was a consensus 3-star recruit coming out of Allen High School (Texas) and was a member of Oklahoma’s 2014 class. He played in a total of 13 games for the Sooners, with his last start coming against Ohio State where he recorded five tackles. His retirement means that JUCO transfer Emmanuel Beal will become a full-time starter.