Granger, Oklahoma football star drowns in Little River on Friday
Sheriff David Greene said the body of 30- year- old Brandon Everage of Granger was pulled from the river at 10:50 a.m. Saturday near the Bryant Station bridge.
Investigator Jay Beathard, the sheriff’s department, Cameron and Buckholts volunteer fire departments and Game Warden Charlie Myers had begun the search Friday night.
Greene said Everage had been swimming with friends and was trying to get back to shore when he went under and did not resurface.
Friday’s search was called off at dark due to safety concerns. It resumed at daylight Saturday with the Morgan’s Point Rescue and Dive Team and additional game wardens.
Greene said the body was discovered by one of the dive team members.
SOONER—Everage played quarterback and defensive back for the Granger Lions from 1995 through 1998. Granger won the Class A state football title in 1997.
Everage was named an allstate defensive back and became a member of head coach Bob Stoops’s first recruiting class at Oklahoma.
As a redshirt freshman during OU’s 2000 national championship season he logged 55 tackles and added 94 in 2002.
Everage ended his OU career with 285 tackles— still fourth highest by a Sooner defensive back—along with 10 interceptions and 28 defections.
A first-team All American in 2002, he was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation’s top defensive back.
He had tryouts with several NFL teams and played arena football before returning to Granger.