High expectations for Jalen Redman were squelched out last season due to an issue with blood clotting. After missing the first six games of the season,
Redmond returned for the next three against TCU, Kansas State and Texas Tech.
In those three game the talented freshman recorded six tackles (5 against K-State), including 2.5 for loss. However, his playing career seemed to be put in doubt, just as it was getting started, due to the reemergence of blood clotting that caused him to miss the remainder of the season.
On Friday Lincoln Riley said that Redman was progressing and that it’ll be “fun” to get him back in pads.
“Yeah, we’ve been able to honestly work him out the whole time,” Riley said. “There’s just been more restrictions on contact with him. And so he’s been with [strength coach] Bennie [Wylie]. He’s continued to develop. Yeah, it’s kind of like a tease right now. I mean, you look over and see that body and just say, ‘Man, pads and helmet need to be on that guy.’ I mean, it’ll be fun to get him back.”
From the sounds of it, the odds are decent hat the Sooners could have their 5-star pass rusher back on the field this fall.
“But he’s going through meetings, going through walkthroughs, doing a lot of things physically to develop his body,” Riley continued. “So we wish he could be practicing, but he’s doing everything that he can do right now. So he’s certainly still developing.”