Josh Rosen, the quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners, apologized to his offensive tackle, Zach Ertz, for an incident that occurred in a locker room in the Oklahoma State locker room after a win over Baylor on Saturday.
Rosen, who was a starter for the Sooners at quarterback at the time of the incident, said in a statement posted on the team’s website that he was “extremely sorry” for what happened and said he would be addressing Ertz and his teammates “in the coming days.”
The statement from Rosen, released by the team, was in response to a tweet by Ertz on Saturday morning.
It is a difficult time for all of us, especially the entire OU football family, to learn of Zach Ertz being struck in the leg by a football.
Zach is my brother and I’m deeply sorry for what has happened.
I am praying for Zach and his family.
Ertz was not injured, according to his coach, Charlie Strong.
“The safety of our players, coaches, staff, fans and media is our number one priority, and we will do everything we can to support Zach and Ertz during this time,” the statement read.
Oklahoma’s offense, led by Ertze and offensive tackle Alex Balducci, had led 13-0 by halftime.
The play was caught on video by ESPN’s College GameDay and was viewed more than 17 million times on Twitter.
In a statement released by OU coach Charlie Strong on Sunday morning, Ertz said he was grateful for Rosen’s “quick reaction to the situation.”
“I would like to extend my deepest apologies to Zach for his unfortunate injury,” Ertz’s statement read in part.
“I know his teammates and coaches are going through the same thing.
I have also been praying for him and his team.”
Rosen and Ertzes younger brother, Sam, are both Oklahoma graduates and are members of the Sooner family.
Oklahomans quarterback Josh Rosen is one of three quarterbacks who will participate in the NFL Draft.
Rosen was the Heisman Trophy winner in 2016 and the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2017.
In 2018, he was named the conference’s Most Outstanding Player and was the first quarterback to win the Heisman in five straight seasons.
He is the first player to be drafted in the first round since Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady in 2009.
Rocks outnumber the other Heisman winners in 2018, including Brady, who is the only quarterback to finish in the top five five times.
Brady finished No. 1 four times, in 2004, 2007, 2011 and 2017.ROCKS UP