• The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 special teams

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/07/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber wrap up their position-by-position breakdowns with a look at OU's 2015 special teams. Could freshman Austin Seibert kick field goals and punt?  PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/02/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber

  • Baker Mayfield's shoulder won't affect the quarterback derby

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    OU UPDATE -- With reports circulating about Baker Mayfield's health, Berry Tramel and Jason Kersey talk about why the quarterback competition at OU is still Mayfield's to lose.

  • Oklahoma football: Quarterback commit Chris Robison ranked No. 76 in first 2017 Rivals100

    Jason Kersey | Yesterday

    NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback commitment Chris Robison came in at No. 76 on the first Rivals100 rankings for the recruiting class of 2017. Robison, from Mesquite, Texas, is the Sooners’ only 2017 commit. He gave new OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley his commitment on June 26. Robison is the second quarterback commitment Riley has landed since he arrived in Norman in January. The Sooners also have Austin Kendall — a four-star prospect from Waxhaw, N.C. — committed for the class of 2016. OU didn’t sign a quarterback in its 2015 recruiting class. It was the first quarterback-less signing class for the Sooners since 2005.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 defensive backfield

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/02/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber discuss Oklahoma's 2015 defensive backfield. Can this group rebound from a disastrous 2014 season? PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/30/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber preview Oklahoma's linebackers for the 2015

  • Current and former OU athletes raising money for McKenzie Horton's family

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    NORMAN — Jed Barnett had been in Oklahoma less than two months when he met McKenzie Horton during a February 2013 trip to the OU Children’s Hospital. While Barnett and two of his new teammates — Trevor Knight and Ty Darlington — visited with children receiving chemotherapy, they were quickly drawn to Horton and her family. “I’d estimate that we’ve met hundreds of kids, and they’ve all been amazing, every single one of them,” Barnett said. “We thought we were going to motivate kids, but in reality, they are the ones who motivate and inspire us. “McKenzie was a little bit more in every single way. The way her smile lit up the room. The way she talked and

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 linebackers

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/30/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber preview Oklahoma's linebackers for the 2015 season. How much will Frank Shannon's return mean to the group?  PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/25/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber continue their position breakdowns

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 defensive linemen

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/25/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber continue their position breakdowns with a look at the defensive line. Who will fill the massive hole left by Jordan Phillips? PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/23/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber discuss OU's offensive

  • Ten most important 2015 Sooners: No. 2, senior linebacker Eric Striker

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    NORMAN — Continuing our 10-part blog series on the players whose performances will be most critical to the Sooners’ success in 2015, here’s a look at No. 2. NO 2: ERIC STRIKER Position: Outside linebacker Class: Senior 2014 stats: 68 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two fumble recoveries, five pass breakups The skinny: Striker is clearly one of the elite players on the team — and one of the best pass rushers in college football — but OU coaches are still tinkering with his role, figuring out exactly how to use the immensely talented senior. He’s made 17.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 offensive linemen

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/23/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber discuss OU's offensive linemen. The Sooners lose five experienced seniors off last year's team. Who will step up in their place? PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/18/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber talk about the

  • Ten most important 2015 Sooners: No. 4, sophomore safety Steven Parker

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    NORMAN — Continuing our 10-part blog series on the players whose performances will be most critical to the Sooners’ success in 2015, here’s a look at No. 4. NO. 4: STEVEN PARKER Position: Safety Class: Sophomore 2014 stats: 31 tackles, one sack, six pass breakups; appeared in all 13 games with four starts The skinny: Parker committed to OU a few days before 2014 national signing day and was considered one of the biggest gets for the Sooners that year. He made the first start of his career at nickelback in October against Kansas State and ended up starting three more games.

  • Longtime sports voice Bob Barry Jr. dies at 58

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Bob Barry Jr. died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle crash near NW 142 and May Avenue in northwest Oklahoma City.

  • What they're saying about the death of Bob Barry Jr.

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Longtime Oklahoma City sportscaster Bob Barry Jr. died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle crash. Here’s a look at what several of his friends and prominent Oklahoma sports figures said about Barry.

  • OU football: Guidance from former Sooner helped Harrah's Logan Roberson gain recruiting attention

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    The 6-foot-5, 318-pound Harrah offensive lineman flew under the radar in the recruiting world for most of his high school career, but kept plugging away with Runnels serving as his personal trainer, sounding board and adviser. All of that finally paid off earlier this month, when Oklahoma offered Roberson a scholarship and the senior-to-be committed on the spot.

  • Ten most important 2015 Sooners: No. 6, sophomore cornerback Jordan Thomas

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    NORMAN — Continuing our 10-part blog series on the players whose performances will be most critical to the Sooners’ success in 2015, here’s a look at No. 6. NO. 6: JORDAN THOMAS Position: Cornerback Class: Sophomore 2014 stats: 32 tackles, five pass breakups; appeared in all 13 games with four starts The skinny: The Klein, Texas native entered the starting lineup after Julian Wilson’s injury in early November, and had his ups and downs. But long before that — in the 2014 preseason — defensive coordinator Mike Stoops identified Thomas as the team’s No. 3 cornerback and someone he thought could be a future star.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 wide receivers

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/18/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber talk about the Sooners' wide receiver situation.

  • Oklahoma football: NEO cornerback Maurice Chandler commits to Sooners

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up a commitment from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M cornerback Maurice Chandler on Wednesday. Chandler announced his commitment on Twitter. Chandler (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) also held offers from Arizona State, Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska and TCU. The former Lawton High standout originally signed with Texas Tech out of high school. Chandler becomes the sixth commitment for the Sooners’ 2016 signing class, and is the second NEO player to commit to OU this summer. Defensive end Austin Roberts committed and became a late addition to the 2015 class earlier this month.

  • Ten most important 2015 Sooners: No. 8, sophomore defensive tackle Matt Romar

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    NORMAN — Continuing our 10-part blog series on the players whose performances will be most critical to the Sooners’ success in 2015, here’s a look at No. 8. NO. 8: MATT ROMAR Position: Defensive tackle Class: Redshirt sophomore 2014 stats: Nine tackles, one sack in 12 games The skinny: Jordan Phillips leaves a giant hole in the middle of the OU defensive line and will certainly be difficult to replace in 2015. Phillips, who was picked in the second round of last month's NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, became one of the best players on the OU defense when he was healthy.

  • Oklahoma football: Justice Hansen transferring to Butler Community College, per report

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    NORMAN — Former Oklahoma quarterback Justice Hansen is expected to transfer to Butler (Kan.) Community College, according to an ESPN.com report Tuesday afternoon. Hansen, a former Edmond Santa Fe standout, signed with the Sooners in their recruiting class of 2014 and redshirted last season. He competed with Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas for the Sooners’ starting quarterback job during the spring, but announced he would transfer late last month. Hansen’s departure leaves only three scholarship quarterbacks — juniors Trevor Knight and Baker Mayfield and sophomore Cody Thomas — on the OU roster entering 2015, with walk-on true freshman Connor McGinnis also joining the fray.

  • Ten most important 2015 Sooners: No. 10, sophomore running back Samaje Perine

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    NORMAN -- After a massively disappointing 2014 season, Oklahoma faces several questions entering the 2015 campaign. This is the first of a 10-part blog series from Ryan Aber and me, breaking down the players whose performances will be most critical to the Sooners' success in 2015. These will post at 11 a.m. every weekday for the next two weeks, and we start out with No. 10 on the list, sophomore running back Samaje Perine. SAMAJE PERINE Position: Running back Class: Sophomore 2014 stats: 263 rushes, 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns; 15 receptions, 108 yards The skinny: Near the end of the 2014 regular season, with Sterling Shepard and Trevor Knight injured, Perine essentially became

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 running backs

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/16/2015 -- In the second of the series breaking down position groups, Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber discuss Samaje Perine, Joe Mixon, Alex Ross and the Sooners' running backs.




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