TFB has been counting down the days to OU football with a spotlight on each member of the roster, spotlighting the player who corresponds with the days remaining. Today would have been 38 days until opening kickoff; now, it’s 31 days to go.
To avoid skipping players with numbers 41-35, TFB will be pushing out countdowns on double duty this week. For this week only, both numbers currently corresponding with the countdown (34-28) and those previously corresponding with the countdown (41-36) will be receiving a spotlight. The result will be that the countdown will be fully “caught up” next Sunday, August 1st.
The Path to Norman
Briad Mead wasn’t the first OU kid that his high school coach had seen; Coach Marley from Rejoice Christian School had previously coached Sooner linebacker Jon-Michael Terry. When Coach Marley had a conversation with Coach Cale Gundy and Coach Tim Kish, they watched Mead’s film and were impressed with what they saw. Shortly after, Bob Stoops extended an invitation to walk on. For more on his journey, check out this article: Tulsa World: Rejoice Christian’s Bryan Mead making waves at Oklahoma.
Career So Far
2016 was a redshirt season for Bryan. 2017 was his first time seeing the field and he did so often, mostly in a reserve role at linebacker. 2018 and 2019 were similar stories; Mead has appeared in 41 of 42 games in the past three seasons. Mead has also earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors the past three years.
Year: Redshirt Senior
Awesome seeing 2 young men that played for you standing side by side at inside LB at a top 10 program! #38 Bryan Mead #40 Jon Michael Terry pic.twitter.com/GWpP1dHbRy— Brent Marley (@CoachMarley) September 2, 2017
Bryan Mead took a big step over the offseason; he earned a scholarship. That’s great news for a guy who’s already played in an incredibly high number of games over three years. This year, the presumed starters at linebacker will be DaShaun White and Caleb Kelly. Guys like Robert Barnes, who has transitioned to linebacker, Brian Asamoah, and Mead will be the main options for backup and will certainly look to contribute heavily. Sooner fans will be hoping for a good end to a career that could see Mead play in over 50 games in the crimson and cream.