Big 12: Corey Wilson

Zac Robinson starts for OSU

November, 28, 2009
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Zac Robinson is in the starting lineup for Oklahoma State in today's Bedlam game against Oklahoma.

Robinson wasted little time to test his injury, scrambling for a first down and taking a big shot on the third play of the game.

The Sooners got a big inspirational lift when Corey Wilson walked onto Owen Field before the game. Wilson was injured in an automobile accident in March and missed the season.

OU's Wilson vows to walk again at Owen Field

August, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Corey Wilson's fight to walk again consumes him with the will that he once approached his football career.

The Oklahoma wide receiver was involved in an accident on Feb. 27 near Pauls Valley, Okla., only two days before Oklahoma began spring practice. Wilson was thrown from his vehicle and sustained serious injuries, the most severe of which is paralysis over the lower half of his body.

Wilson now is facing the long journey back to try to learn to walk again. He has returned to independent living much faster than expected as he recovers from the accident.

Soonersports.com has the inspiring story of Wilson's rehabilitation as the site followed him through his daily routine. It's a sobering but uplifting story of a player who has approached his new challenges the same way he once did his football career.

"Taking everything into consideration I'm lucky to be here," Wilson said in the Oklahoma video report. "I get down sometimes but I keep my head up, pretty much."

After Wilson was hospitalized in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops delivered his breakfast virtually every morning. Stoops arranged that his Champions Foundation purchased a specially-equipped vehicle so that Wilson could regain some of his mobility.

Wilson said Stoops has acted like a father as he has encouraged him in his new life.

"All the players are like your children," Stoops said in the video. "Sometimes there's nothing to say, but at least you are sharing the moment. I did try to make sure every day I started with Corey. I felt it was time he knew we were there for him. I represented the whole staff and our team. If I'm there with him, we're all with him."

Stoops has been encouraged by Wilson's spirit as he battles back from his accident.   

"I'm sure he's had his difficult moments but he has really been strong," Stoops says of Wilson. "He really has understood and matured in that life has changed and that I'll make the most of it. That he can be fulfilled but in different ways."

Wilson's journey to learn to walk again is one that is consuming him as he lives his life.

His goal is to walk with his team at a future Oklahoma game.

After watching the report of Wilson's recovery, I was amazed and inspired by his will as he attempts to fulfill that promise.

We all can only hope and pray that the moment comes for Wilson very soon.  

Corey Wilson improving in his recovery, Stoops says

March, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

There was some good news about the condition of Oklahoma wide receiver Corey Wilson, who was critically injured in an automobile accident three weeks ago.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops told reporters that Wilson is improving and could be released from the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center in Oklahoma City as early as the first week of April.

"He's making good progress and continues to get stronger," Stoops said. "I saw him this morning. The rehab and the way he is working and continues to make good progress, they're hopeful he'll be able to be released from the Thorpe rehab center April 3. He's had a positive attitude with all his work every day."

Wilson remains paralyzed from the waist down after suffering life threatening injuries after an automobile accident on Interstate 35 on Feb. 27 near Paul's Valley, Okla., about 35 miles southwest of Norman.

Dallas Morning News columnist Jean Jacques Taylor wrote an uplifting story about how Wilson's older brother, Travis, a practice-squad wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys, is coping with his brother's paralysis.

Corey Wilson is convinced he will walk one day. He's moved one of his toes and has sensations in his hips. And in his rear end, too, if he's on his back for too long.

"He knows he's going to walk," Travis Wilson told the News. "We respect the doctors and their profession, but the only one who knows is the man upstairs.

"Corey is going to walk again. It might take two weeks. Or three weeks. Or six months. Or 10 years. But it's going to happen."

Wilson has had frequent visitors from his teammates and Oklahoma coaches. Stoops has been a regular visitor for breakfast on many days.

"I try to mix it up," Stoops told the News. "I've been to Sonic quite a bit. Carl Jr.'s. Bakers. Burger King. We've sat through quite a few breakfasts together.

"We had a lunch date today, but we had to cancel because of some of the rehab work he had to do. Now we're graduating to lunches and dinners."

Some day, the Sooner Nation and the rest of us around the Big 12 hope and pray that Wilson will be able to walk again.

Big 12 lunchtime links: Wilson moved to rehab facility

March, 12, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I know it's March Madness. But spring practice is continuing across the Big 12 with plenty of interesting stories. Here are some of today's most notable:

  • The Oklahoman's Jake Trotter reports that Corey Wilson has been moved out of OU Medical Center and into a rehabilitation facility. Wilson suffered a serious spinal cord injury in an automobile accident two weeks ago.
  • Colorado could be scrambling for an opponent after Miami (Ohio) appears to have two opponents scheduled on Sept. 12 -- the Buffaloes and Northwestern, the Boulder Daily Camera's Kyle Ringo reports. 
  • Jared Crick could be poised to assume a starting defensive tackle position when Nebraska begins practice on March 25, according to Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal-Star.
  • Columbia Daily Tribune beat writer Dave Matter analyzes what the promotion of new coordinator Dave Steckel will mean for Missouri's defense.
  • Kansas added a late commitment at a huge position of need with the addition of linebacker Jon Watts of Oroville Butte (Calif.) Community College, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.
  • Former Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew frustrated a group of scouts from 19 NFL teams Wednesday when he failed to run at Oklahoma State's Pro Day. Pettigrew told Tulsa World reporter John Hoover he was sidelined with a grade one strain of his right hamstring.
  • Former Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz hopes to use the slight of not being invited to the recent NFL combine as motivation during the Cornhuskers' Pro Day on Thursday, the Omaha World-Herald's Mitch Sherman reports. 

OU's McCoy aims for strong finish

March, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

In the moments after Oklahoma's disappointing BCS title game loss to Florida, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy wasn't sure if any of his draft-eligible teammates would be returning.

 
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  Gerald McCoy was a consensus All-Big 12 selection last season.
With key players like quarterback Sam Bradford, tight end Jermaine Gresham and tackle Trent Williams all projected to be picked early in the first day of the NFL draft, McCoy expected the worst. He wasn't even sure if he would be coming back to college, much less the rest of his teammates.

But something happened before the draft eligibility paperwork had to be turned in. All of the Sooners' key underclassmen who were considering turning pro decided to come back en masse.

"I don't think I would have believed we all would be coming back together, but it happened," McCoy said. "We know that we are the leaders of the team and everything happens for a reason. We have to come out and lead this team."

McCoy wavered in his own decision whether to come back for his junior season or declare for the draft. The NFL draft evaluation indicated he would have been a likely first-round draft pick. But the second-team All-American felt like he still had some unfinished business in college that made him want to return for another season.

"I went back and forth. One day I wanted to go and the next I didn't," McCoy said. "It almost was like what I felt when I was being recruited. Once I prayed and felt comfortable about my decision, I felt relaxed about what I was doing."

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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Sad news this morning as Oklahoma wide receiver Corey Wilson fights for his life in an Oklahoma City hospital.

John Hoover of the Tulsa World reports that Oklahoma players received an e-mail earlier this week from coaches telling them that Wilson is paralyzed from the waist down after he was involved in an automobile accident last week.

That sobering information puts everything into perspective as three schools continue spring work across the Big 12 and others are getting ready for the start of practice next week.

Hopefully, there's will be better news for Wilson in the future. We all are praying for his recovery.

Here's some other news from across the conference this morning.  

  • Boulder Daily Camera columnist Neill Woelk thinks it's "borderline delusional" to consider that Colorado can fill Folsom Field for its spring game.
  • Nebraska senior defensive end Barry Turner will be arraigned Thursday on suspicion of assaulting a 20-year-old woman in Lincoln last week, the Lincoln Journal-Star reports.
  • Austin American-Statesman columnist Cedric Golden writes that Texas cornerback Chykie Brown appears recovered from an ankle injury that hampered him late last season, although he's still hooked up in a tight battle for a starting job.
  • The Lawrence City Commission is mulling an idea of naming Missouri Street for two blocks in honor of former Kansas coach Don Fambrough, Chad Lawhorn and Janet Reid of the Lawrence Journal-World report.
  • Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline received a promotion to co-offensive coordinator, the Oklahoman's Scott Wright reports.
  • Kevin Haskin of the Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the formation of a search committee to name Kansas State's athletic director is a sure sign that things are changing around the school.

Stoops: Team's prayers are with Wilson

March, 3, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday that his team will be approaching the beginning of spring practice later today with heavy hearts as they think about wide receiver Corey Wilson.

Wilson was critically injured last week when he was thrown from his vehicle after a two-car accident on Interstate 35 about 35 miles southwest of Norman. He remains in serious condition at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City after having his condition upgraded from critical late Monday.

"It's a disappointing and hurtful time," Stoops said. "It's a tragic accident. We're praying for Corey and his family."

Several Oklahoma newspapers have reported that Wilson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. He was thrown 45 feet from his SUV before being flown in critical condition to the hospital, the Oklahoman reported.

"I won't elaborate on it other than to say that we are continuing praying for him and having him and his family in our thoughts," Stoops said.

Wilson, a redshirt freshman, was expected to challenge for playing time this spring before the accident. He is the younger brother of former Oklahoma wide receiver Travis Wilson.

Corey Wilson's condition improving

March, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Oklahoma redshirt freshman wide receiver Corey Wilson's condition at OU Medical Center has been upgraded to serious from critical, according to the Oklahoman.

Wilson was injured in a two-car accident on Interstate 35 Friday afternoon about 35 miles southwest of Norman, Okla.

His vehicle collided with a pickup, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers told the Oklahoman. Wilson, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident was thrown 45 feet from his SUV.

Wilson's family told the Oklahoman in a statement that their son is awake and conscious.

Wilson is the younger brother of former Oklahoma wide receiver Travis Wilson.

His condition for recovery still remains a long, arduous one. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

This week in the Big 12: Two more teams begin spring work

March, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Spring football practice will begin in earnest around the Big 12 this week at several schools. Here are several stories that we will be following:

Baylor starts spring practice today and Oklahoma will start its work on Tuesday. The Bears are building for their first bowl appearance since 1994, and the Sooners will attempt to continue the success that has led to an unprecedented three-peat of Big 12 championships coming into 2009.

Kansas, Oklahoma State and Missouri will have their final week off before beginning their spring practices next week. And considering the below-freezing temperatures across the conference this morning, some teams might be working in frigid conditions during their early spring work.

Texas will continue its work with three practices this week after beginning on Friday. After two open practices with big crowds attending both of them, the Longhorns will go behind closed gates this week. Obviously, that's when the real work will start.

It will be interesting to see if South Florida coach Jim Leavitt comes calling for another Big 12 assistant for his vacant coordinator role. Leavitt has already been turned down by Colorado secondary coach Greg Brown and Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler among the four rejections he's received after Wally Burnham left to become Iowa State's defensive coordinator. Who will be next?

And my best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Oklahoma redshirt freshman wide receiver Corey Wilson, who remains hospitalized at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City after he was critically injured in an automobile accident on Friday. His injury makes all of the spring practices and coaching changes seem truly meaningless. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Wilson's injury adds to OU's receiving woes

February, 28, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Oklahoma wide receiver Corey Wilson is in critical condition at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City after being involved in a car accident Friday afternoon on Interstate 35 near Paul's Valley, Okla., about 35 miles southwest of Norman.

The Oklahoman reported that Wilson sustained head and neck injuries in the accident, which came only four days before the Sooners start spring practice on Tuesday.

Oklahoma already will be without leading receiver Juaquin Iglesias, Manny Johnson and Quentin Chaney among its key producers from last season's receiving rotation.

Wilson, a redshirt freshman, looked strong in practices with the team last fall. He was expected to challenge for playing time at what appears to be one of the Sooners' most glaring weaknesses heading into spring practice.

He is the younger brother of former Sooners wide receiver Travis Wilson.

The accident marks the second time that an Oklahoma player has been seriously injured in an automobile accident in Bob Stoops' coaching tenure. Defensive back Michael Thompson was hurt in a May 2001 crash, only a few months after he was a starter and key producer on the Sooners' national championship team. Thompson returned to the Sooners' roster, but never regained his earlier form after the injury.

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