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03/17/13 - 2013 Oklahoma Pro Day: Tom Wort, LB (6-0 3/8, 235) - Wort ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 and 4.79 seconds. Wort pulled his left hamstring on the second 40 run and was unable to continue with the workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
01/11/13 - Oklahoma had a third underclassman declare for the NFL Draft on Wednesday, but this one came out of the blue. Middle linebacker Tom Wort has elected to forgo his final season of eligibility. “We wish Tom the very best as he concludes his time at the University of Oklahoma,” OU coach Bob Stoops said in a statement Wednesday night. “Tom has earned his degree and has informed me that he plans to declare for the NFL Draft.”
The fourth-year junior started 12 of OU’s 13 games this season, but saw his role drastically reduced from his previous two seasons as a starter. OU went with a defensive back-heavy scheme that kept Wort and weakside linebacker Corey Nelson on the sideline against spread offenses. Redshirt freshman Frank Shannon was the only linebacker on the field against four-or-more receiver sets.
Late in the season, Wort admitted his role on the team had transformed in Mike Stoops’ first season back as defensive coordinator. “The position has definitely changed and the game of football is always evolving. You have to adapt,” he said on Nov. 26. “We’re all just doing the best that we can.” The lack of playing time showed in Wort’s production. He finished the season with 53 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. - John Shinn, The Norman Transcript
01/10/13 - Despite coming off the worst season (statistically-speaking) of his collegiate career, Oklahoma middle linebacker Tom Wort is bypassing his senior season and heading to the NFL. The 6-0, 238 pound Wort is ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 13 inside linebacker in the 2014 draft class and is viewed by some as a 'tweener who could struggle to find a niche at the next level.
Wort registered "just" 52 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 2012. He'd posted 14 more tackles as a true freshman (and 2.5 more sacks) despite starting two less games and was coming off a sophomore campaign in which he'd demonstrated a developing knack for big plays, game, notching three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble recovery) to go along with a career high 71 tackles. For his efforts Wort was recognized with honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades in 2011.
"We wish Tom the very best as he concludes his time at the University of Oklahoma," head coach Bob Stoops said as part of the official release on the team's athletic website. "Tom has earned his degree and has informed me that he plans to declare for the NFL Draft." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/10/13 - Wort, a native of England who took up football shortly after moving to the United States as a junior high school student, has flashed playmaking ability throughout his career with the Sooners but he hasn't ascended to the levels some anticipated. He's an instinctive and active defender at his best on the move but may lack the athleticism needed to play outside against NFL speed. Though he flashes physicality and forced the first two fumbles of his career in 2012, Wort isn't as effective when asked to take on and shed blocks in the hole, one of the reasons why some believe he'll struggle unless protected up front. This could limit him to middle linebacker position in the 4-3 alignment or as a special teams defender. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/22/12 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Tom Wort -- OU's middle LB has graded out very well through two games even if his tackle numbers (12, seven solos) are not off the charts. But just as King and Washington must produce against the Wildcats' run game, so too must Wort. - The Sports Xchange