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  • OSU football report card: Daxx Garman, Cowboys' receivers get high marks

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    OSU 40, Missouri State 23 — There was a little bit of a letdown coming off the valliant Week 1 effort vs. Florida State, but Oklahoma State made enough plays on Saturday to dispatch Missouri State as it should have.

  • OSU football by the numbers: Cowboys become 2nd team in NCAA history to block punt, FG and PAT

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Here is a look at Oklahoma State’s 40-23 win over Missouri State by the numbers: 1: Punt by Oklahoma State in its 40-23 victory against Missouri State. It didn’t come until the Cowboys’ final possession with less than two minutes remaining in the game. 2: OSU became only the second team in...

  • Collected Wisdom: Marcus Nash, former NFL and Tennessee receiver

    INTERVIEWED BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Former Edmond Memorial and Tulsa Washington receiver Marcus Nash caught passes from Peyton Manning at Tennessee, helped the Vols become known as Wide Receiver U., then was a first-round draft pick in the NFL.

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. Missouri State

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Oklahoma State seeks its first win of the season as it welcomes Missouri State to Stillwater. Follow our live coverage with John Helsley, Kyle Fredrickson, Jenni Carlson and more from The Oklahoman sports team.

  • OSU football: Jordan Sterns, other Cowboys youngsters finally getting their chance inside Boone Pickens Stadium

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Many an orange blood sees this game against Missouri State as a nothingburger home opener, and after last week’s thriller against Florida State, it’s easy to understand the comedown. But there are a bunch of guys like Jordan Sterns on the OSU roster who feel differently.

  • What do we think of Wes Welker now?

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The former Heritage Hall standout will miss the Broncos’ first four games this season because of a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. But the cloud of his violation doesn’t overshadow all the good that he has done and will continue to do in Oklahoma City.

  • Glenn Spencer says Oklahoma State 'D' hasn't accomplished anything yet

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    But whether Spencer likes it or loathes it, that 37-31 loss to Florida State was a win for the OSU defense. A win for Spencer, too.

  • OU football: Big win over La. Tech gave walk-on linebacker Caleb Gastelum a night he won't forget

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    NORMAN — Fans streamed toward the exits, players headed toward the locker room, and still, Caleb Gastelum lingered on the Owen Field turf. He talked with family. He posed for pictures. He soaked in everything. Hard to blame him. The Oklahoma reserve linebacker had a game he could’ve only...

  • OU football: A look at the Sooners' win by the numbers

    jenni carlson | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Here is a look at Oklahoma’s 48-16 win over La. Tech by the numbers: * 3: Oklahoma starters who have now started at least three season openers. All of them are on the offensive line: Adam Shead, Daryl Williams and Tyler Evans. * 4: Starters who made their first career start Saturday night –...

  • OU report card: Sooners QB Trevor Knight solid, not spectacular in victory

    jenni carlson | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    On a night that OU rolled La Tech 48-16, the grades reflect that dominance. TREVOR KNIGHT: A The Sooner quarterback was stout from the get-go. He finished the night 19 of 34 for 253 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He rushed for another 17 yards. Knight wasn’t as spectacular as...


Jenni Carlson


Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football games. Her mom kept the scorebook during baseball games and yelled her head off no matter the sport. They passed along that passion to Carlson and her two younger brothers.

Carlson played golf in high school and planned to play in college, but when she started at the University of Kansas, she decided to focus her attention on journalism. It’s a decision that she’s never regretted.

Her first big story was a profile on Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams for the yearbook, and Carlson has enjoyed interviewing sports figures and sharing their stories every since.
Carlson is a 1997 graduate of Kansas. She and her husband, Ryan, were married in 2009 and live in Oklahoma City. They welcomed their first child, Millie, in June 2012. Carlson was the president of the Association for Women in Sports Media from 2008-10 and chair of the board from 2010-12.

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