Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The Oklahoman, Aber worked for the Muskogee Phoenix, Southwest Times-Record in Fort Smith, Ark., and the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Joe Mixon trial might be delayed until December

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    A big reason it could be delayed is due to the class schedules of potential witnesses — including other Sooner football players.

  • Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt: 'No one felt worse'

    Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Sooners kicker Michael Hunnicutt had an uncharacteristic awful day Saturday. He missed a pair of field goals, either of which likely would’ve won the game for Oklahoma, and had an extra point blocked. Monday, Hunnicutt talked to reporters after not being made available following the game. “I was just not really doing my job and […]

  • OU football: Joe Mixon misdemeanor trial could be delayed

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 22 hr ago

    NORMAN — The misdemeanor trial for Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon is tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 27 but could be delayed into December. At a jury selection hearing Monday at the Cleveland County Courthouse, district judge Steven Stice scheduled a Friday pretrial hearing where the date of the trial will become clearer. Mixon, who is suspended from the football team for the season, was charged with one count of acts resulting in gross injury after a July 25 incident at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe just north of OU’s campus. The incident left 20-year-old OU student Amelia Rae Molitor with multiple facial fractures. Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, estimated the trail could

  • Live Coverage: Bob Stoops' Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: 22 hr ago

    How will the Sooners respond to their second loss of the season? OU coach Bob Stoops steps up for his weekly press conference at noon. Follow our live coverage here.

  • Oklahoma football: Teammates support Michael Hunnicutt

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    “You have to hug him up and make sure he knows we’re behind him 100 percent,” Sooners linebacker Geneo Grissom said. “He’s been one of the most consistent kickers I’ve been around since I’ve been here. You have to make sure he keeps his chin up and that he knows we’re 100 percent behind him.”

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Cody Thomas' brief appearance shows promise

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    With the game scoreless, Cody Thomas came in and led the Sooners right down the field for a touchdown in what became a 31-30 Oklahoma loss.

  • OU football: Six plays that turned a would-be win into a Sooners loss

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Kansas State 31, Oklahoma 30: The Sooners had their chances and they had impressive offensive numbers. But ultimately, it came down to six mistakes that cost OU the game.

  • Halftime thoughts: Oklahoma-Kansas State

    Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    NORMAN—Oklahoma trails Kansas State 21-17 at halftime. Here are some observations in the first half and what to watch for in the second. THREE THINGS THAT STOOD OUT IN THE FIRST HALF -Tyler Lockett is still really good. Lockett’s numbers are down a bit from last season but that’s due more to what Kansas State […]

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma vs. Kansas State

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    OU faces off against Kansas State in a critical Big 12 matchup between one-loss teams. Follow our live coverage with Jason Kersey, Ryan Aber and more from The Oklahoman sports team.

  • What it's like: To produce and engineer OU's radio broadcasts

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    NORMAN — Michael Dean’s game day begins well before the start of the Sooners’ pregame radio show two hours before kickoff. Generally, the engineer and producer of OU football’s radio broadcasts spends 90 minutes to two hours setting up equipment in the radio booth the day before the game, and then the arrives four hours before kickoff. “It’s a routine that hasn’t changed a whole lot over the years,” Dean said. “The equipment has, the technology has but the time that it takes to do the setup, either home or away, and all the parts and pieces that are involved in that hasn’t changed much.” It doesn’t always go smoothly. Last year, Dean had a couple of adventurous days in the broadcast booth.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Devante Bond comes on strong for Sooners

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Devante Bond saw his most extensive action at linebacker in last week’s Oklahoma win over Texas, coming in to spell Geneo Grissom at times, or to allow Grissom to move up to the line of scrimmage. Bond was slowed in preseason practice by injury. He didn’t play at all last season before enrolling in OU as a junior in January. “The thing that took him the most time is he was mostly a rusher,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. “Now, he’s an outside backer with coverage responsibility. He was spinning a little but not uncommon. Then he was figuring it out and he got hurt so early in two-a-days that it’s just taken us a while to get the trust and get him out there.” Bond had a career-high three tackles against

  • Sooners sending personalized Wheaties boxes to prospective recruits

    Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Oklahoma continues to get creative with its recruiting pitches to prospective football players. At least two recruits—both already committed to the Sooners—tweeted out pictures of Wheaties boxes the Sooners sent them. The boxes are personalized with the player’s photo on the front and “Oklahoma Sooners #1 Prospect” underneath. https://twitter.com/PeterJayy_2/status/521835240806174720/photo/1 You can’t read the whole thing […]

  • Oklahoma basketball: Why Lon Kruger expects Buddy Hield's game to be more well-rounded this season

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Buddy Hield’s offseason work has included plenty of time in the weight room, along with trips to LeBron James and Kevin Durant’s skills academies.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops keeping his frustrations private

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    “I’m not gonna sit here and detail Trevor,” Stoops said. “There are some parts of our passing game that need to be better.”

  • Walk-on Wednesday: TE Connor Knight

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Continuing our series on Oklahoma walk-ons with today’s featured athlete, tight end Connor Knight. Knight, the twin brother of Sooners’ quarterback Trevor Knight, played in five games last year and has appeared in each of OU’s games this year on special teams. What’s the experience been like as a walk-on? It’s been good. You come in and […]

  • Big 12 basketball: 10 things to watch

    By Ryan Aber and John Helsley | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Once again, Kansas is the favorite to win the league. The Jayhawks are going for an 11th consecutive Big 12 championship.

  • Big 12 basketball notebook: TaShawn Thomas decision crucial for OU

    By Ryan Aber and John Helsley | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Right now, Sooners coach Lon Kruger said not much is affected by the waiting game on TaShawn Thomas’ eligibility ruling. Oklahoma could like an answer sooner rather than later, though, as it prepares for the Nov. 16 opener against Southeastern Louisiana.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners happy to be home

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    It’s been awhile since Oklahoma had a home game. For the first time since Bob Stoops’ first season in 1999, the Sooners have more than a month between home games. “It seems like it’s been an eternity since we played,” linebacker Jordan Evans said. “We’re just ready to get back with this home crowd and get a win in front of the great crowd we have.” Oklahoma last played at home Sept. 13 against Tennessee. The Sooners play host to Kansas State on Saturday. In 1999, the Sooners hosted Baylor on Sept. 18 before playing at Louisville, Notre Dame and then playing Texas in Dallas. The Sooners returned home Oct. 23 vs. Texas A&M.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops not happy with Zack Sanchez's messages

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    “I don’t like that,” Stoops said. “I stand by the university and what we’ve done. So that’ll be addressed.”

  • Sooners DT Jordan Phillips is OK with double teams

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Sooners defensive tackle Jordan Phillips continues to be a big piece in the middle of the defensive line. Saturday, Phillips constantly drew double teams from the Longhorns and when Texas didn’t use two players on him, Phillips made them pay. “Not at all,” Phillips said when asked if he was frustrated by the double teams. […]

Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 08:25:58 PM CST Oklahoma football notebook: Joe Mixon trail might be delayed until December LINK
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 08:25:58 PM CST Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt: 'No one felt worse' LINK
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 07:22:55 PM CST RT @jasonkersey: I asked Jay Norvell about DGB. He wasn't at the game because of a foot injury suffered in practice #Sooners
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:21:55 PM CST Stoops rails on photographers having multiple cameras on the sidelines (re: Sterling Shepard injury)
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:20:56 PM CST Stoops: Ross did a nice job. Found the right spaces, cuts, made some nice plays. He’s “developing just fine."
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:17:23 PM CST Stoops: Pass rush overall has been pretty good. Lot of people are protecting w/ 6 and 7 people and running 3-man routes
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:16:46 PM CST Stoops: Both Grissom and Bond are talented guys. We’ll keep working them in both outside and sometimes on the inside over guards
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:16:10 PM CST Stoops: Michiah Quick looked ready for the moment. Played hard, played fast. .Quick made his first start Saturday
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:15:16 PM CST Stoops: Cody Thomas came in poised, handled everything really well, threw the ball, operated at the LOS in a very positive way #Sooners
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:14:43 PM CST Stoops: “They always talk about protecting the QB over and over… didn’t seem to happen there.” on Knight’s injury
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:13:55 PM CST Stoops on Ripkowski: “This is a guy that operates in the box, when you’re allowed to cut, you’re allowed to do all kind of things.”
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:12:32 PM CST Stoops says he doesn’t worry about that lingering. “I think he’ll get over it quickly. He’s got a lot of character and toughness to him."
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:11:57 PM CST Stoops: “Michael has been as consistent and good a player here as we’ve had over the past four years."
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:11:37 PM CST Stoops on blocked PAT: Lineman inside that doesn’t protect, gets beat. Missed 19: “Just felt he rushed it, the second one."
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:11:09 PM CST Stoops: That play with Samaje has worked well overall. I’m not disappointed about the call.
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:10:42 PM CST Stoops: Only advantage to being under center at goal line is QB sneak “but Trevor’s not 260."
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:10:17 PM CST Stoops said he hasn’t heard from Big 12 on Ripkowski ejection. Expects to today
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:09:41 PM CST Stoops: Nothing different from the game injury wise. Keith Ford is getting closer, hoping he’ll practice late in the week
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:09:14 PM CST Stoops: Center 5 yards downfield on Gronkowski’s TD catch. “Tough plays and the way they’re allowed to play them."
Ryan Aber Mon, Oct. 20 2014 12:08:25 PM CST Stoops also mentions Nick Hodgson’s kickoffs. Practice a bit on Iowa State late in the week and even other teams that are similar