By Eric Bailey, Tulsa World

The time is near for one of the best examples of hard work to come through the ranks of Rejoice Christian’s athletic department.

Lincoln Riley mentioned Bryan Mead’s name this week when discussing possible backups to Emmanuel Beal at weakside linebacker after Curtis Bolton’s season-ending injury. Then, on Thursday when the depth chart was released, Mead, a redshirt freshman from Rejoice Christian School, was locked in at No. 2 on the depth chart.

A former quarterback/MIKE linebacker for the Eagles, he had no Division I offers but was invited to walk on to the Sooners in April 2015. Read the full story on