Ryan Aber
Sports 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.


  • OU notebook: Quarterback commit Austin Kendall falls on Rivals250 list

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Kendall, from Waxhaw, N.C., was ranked No. 72 overall, but is now 161st on the list.

  • OU football notebook: Trevor Knight among Sooners' captains

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber, Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Knight was elected a team captain for the second straight season by his teammates. In addition to Knight, center Ty Darlington, right guard Nila Kasitati, linebacker Eric Striker and defensive end Charles Tapper will be captains.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Baker Mayfield named Oklahoma's starting quarterback

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from 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: 08/24/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber discuss the news that Baker Mayfield has won Oklahoma's preseason quarterback derby and touch on the strange saga of freshman defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin.

  • OU football: Baker Mayfield named Sooners starting quarterback

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    NORMAN — Baker Mayfield has done it again. Mayfield, who walked on first at Texas Tech and then at Oklahoma, will be the Sooners’ starting quarterback for the Sept. 5 season opener against Akron, according to sources close to the program. Mayfield beat out the two quarterbacks who started games last year for OU—junior Trevor Knight and sophomore Cody Thomas. Mayfield walked on for the Sooners in January 2013 and looked unlikely to ever be able to breakthrough and earn playing time, much less to become a starter. Knight was coming off a spectacular performance in a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, Blake Bell was still a quarterback and Kendal Thompson had not yet transferred to Utah.

  • OU football: Lincoln Riley's offense could help the Sooners defense improve against Air Raid opponents

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    While the focus on Riley’s arrival in Norman has been on Bob Stoops’ efforts to revitalize the offense, the defense is also getting a boost from the Air Raid’s return.

  • OU notebook: Charles Walker impressing on defensive line

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Defensive lineman Charles Walker is looking more and more likely to start on Oklahoma’s defensive line this season.

  • Collected Wisdom with former OU quarterback Paul Thompson

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Playing from 2002-06, Thompson was never more than one injury (or other incident) from being the Sooners’ starting quarterback but it wasn’t until 2006 that Thompson became the unquestioned starter.

  • OU football: Du’Vonta Lampkin expected to be final piece of the 2015 recruiting class

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    The Sooners added their third piece to the class just in the last couple of months on Friday when defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin announced that he had been admitted to OU.

  • OU basketball: Tough start to Sooners' conference schedule

    BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Oklahoma has aspirations of competing for a Big 12 championship and Final Four appearance this season. The Sooners have four returning starters and bring in a strong group of newcomers. So OU scheduled aggressively in non-conference play, with games against opponents like Wisconsin, Villanova, Creighton and Memphis. Thursday, the rest of the schedule came into focus as the Big 12 released the conference slate for 2016 and the Sooners won’t get a chance to ease into Big 12 play. Here’s a look at how Oklahoma’s schedule breaks down for the upcoming season. * Tough start: The Sooners will get tested right out of the gate, opening the conference schedule at home against Iowa State at 6 p.m. Jan. 2.

  • Former Sooners Selmon, Jackson on FWAA 75th Anniversary All-American team

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Former Oklahoma stars Lee Roy Selmon and Keith Jackson are among the first-team honorees on the Football Writers Association of America's 75th Anniversary All-America Team announced Thursday. Selmon starred for the Sooners from 1972-75, helping lead OU to national championships in each of his last two seasons  and winning the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy in 1975. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. Jackson starred for the Sooners from 1984-87, helping OU to the 1985 national championship. He was a two-time All-American. Jackson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

  • OU football: Fighting for a starting job is nothing new to OU quarterbacks

    BY RYAN ABER | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Trevor Knight and Baker Mayfield are in the middle of another quarterback battle — against each other.

  • OU football: Baker Mayfield sticking to the basics in quarterback competition

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Mayfield recently talked about his performance in Saturday’s scrimmage, the importance of scrimmages for quarterbacks and the quarterback race in a Q&A with The Oklahoman.

  • OU football notebook: Linebacker Eric Striker says quarterbacks talk trash, too

    By Jason Kersey, Ryan Aber and Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Striker said Baker Mayfield is the biggest trash talker among OU’s quarterbacks.

  • Oklahoma football Q&A: Offensive tackle Derek Farniok talks competition for the starting spot, his relationship with Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams and building confidence

    BY RYAN ABER | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Farniok, a senior from Sioux Falls, S.D., started one game as a sophomore in 2013 and played in every game last season.

  • OU football notebook: Sooners conduct first scrimmage

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    According to a recap on the school’s official website, highlights included a touchdown pass from Trevor Knight to redshirt freshman tight end Mark Andrews; a 75-yard touchdown catch-and-run by running back Daniel Brooks after a Baker Mayfield pass; and an impressive interception by sophomore cornerback Jordan Thomas, who was covering the much-taller Jeffery Mead.

  • OU football: The 'pop pass' that cost the Sooners against Kansas State last season isn't going away

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    The pop pass — a pass play with run-blocking schemes often paired with a quarterback moving toward the line of scrimmage — riled up defensive coordinator Mike Stoops in last season’s loss to Kansas State.

  • Why Mike Stoops hates pop passes and why they're not going away

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    OU UPDATE -- OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is not a fan of the pop pass. Jenni Carlson and Ryan Aber discuss why the play is so loathed by defensive coaches in college football.

  • Big 12 basketball: OU to appear on Big Monday telecasts 3 times; OSU once

    BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Oklahoma enters this season with Final Four aspirations and the hype around the Sooners was rewarded with three appearances on ESPN’s Big Monday package, the Big 12 announced Wednesday. Oklahoma State will be featured once. The Sooners will kick off the slate Jan. 4 with a trip to Lawrence, Kan., to take on the Jayhawks. Oklahoma will also play on Big Monday at Iowa State on Jan. 18 and at home against Texas on Feb. 8. The Cowboys’ trip to Lawrence on Feb. 15 will also be on Big Monday. Kansas leads all conference schools with four appearances on the package. The Jayhawks will also be featured in their Jan. 25 game at Iowa State and Feb. 29 when they travel to Texas. The other Big Monday games this

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Talking Frank Shannon and OU football recruiting

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from 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: 08/11/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber discuss Frank Shannon's first session with reporters since his suspension Tuesday, when Joe Mixon will do the same, the Sooners' linebacker depth and recruiting.

  • Slain college football player is brother of former Sooner Adrian Taylor

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    A college football player shot to death by an Arlington (Texas) police officer was the brother of a former Oklahoma football player. Christian Taylor, 19, was fatally shot by an officer responding to a burglary call at a car dealership in Arlington early Friday morning. Taylor is the brother of former Sooners defensive tackle Adrian Taylor, who played at OU from 2006-2010. Christian Taylor was not carrying a weapon at the time but was seen on a surveillance video trying to open locked cars on the lot, kicking out the windshield of a car on the lot and driving an SUV into the front of the dealership's showroom. "Kid made a mistake and it cost him dearly, no one should have to go out that way,"




Ryan Aber Today at 1:27 PM RIP Chocolate Thunder @phillipbaeza https://t.co/1FdHsdms5C
Ryan Aber Wed, Aug. 26 2015 09:46:23 PM CST RT @jasonkersey: I'll defend journalists 99 percent of the time. The despicable @NYDailyNews cover is part of the 1 percent.
Ryan Aber Wed, Aug. 26 2015 09:23:31 PM CST @MattStephens "… And have Keith Moreland drop a routine fly” https://t.co/2Zi4ZAmcR6
Ryan Aber Wed, Aug. 26 2015 09:17:54 PM CST RT @OU_MBBall: Don't forget! Our alumni game is this Saturday at noon at the LNC. Fun and FREE! http://t.co/favXZvxEkq #Sooners
Ryan Aber Wed, Aug. 26 2015 08:57:01 PM CST @curtgOK Sorry about that https://t.co/3QTQ5zIHpc
Ryan Aber Wed, Aug. 26 2015 08:22:55 PM CST Tigers-Angels announcer on MLBTV are ridiculous. It’s your job to tell what’s going on, not dance around the fact he’s got a no-no working
Ryan Aber Wed, Aug. 26 2015 08:15:14 PM CST OU football Q&A: Matt Dimon making a big impression http://t.co/xXShD1Lmd6
Ryan Aber Wed, Aug. 26 2015 06:11:08 PM CST RT @john_shinn: You can't fine amateurs. I guess they are pros. https://t.co/ADg3YDVx1I
Ryan Aber Wed, Aug. 26 2015 08:36:32 AM CST @JimmieTramel Maybe he’s a Jones Longhorns fan?
Ryan Aber Wed, Aug. 26 2015 08:26:35 AM CST @carterj1982 True. Was thinking of that when I answered. Does happen, though rarely. But w/ the Oklahoma connection, it’s a possibility
Ryan Aber Wed, Aug. 26 2015 08:22:55 AM CST @carterj1982 Not out of it. Remains a possibility but rarely do de-commits wind up coming back to their original choice
Ryan Aber Wed, Aug. 26 2015 08:01:12 AM CST #Sooners commit @KamMcgusty No. 44, @kristiandoolit1 No. 62 https://t.co/Nh4BQG7AnE
Ryan Aber Tue, Aug. 25 2015 10:10:12 PM CST @Craiggonzo Yeah. If Mark Andrews and Dede Westbrook are what they’ve been made out to be, that’ll go a long way toward making the QB better
Ryan Aber Tue, Aug. 25 2015 10:00:30 PM CST @Craiggonzo No doubt, especially given their history at the position since Landry Jones departed
Ryan Aber Tue, Aug. 25 2015 09:56:20 PM CST @s4stockton Pretty much what the story says—unlikely to happen
Ryan Aber Tue, Aug. 25 2015 09:55:42 PM CST @Craiggonzo I’d be surprised if he wasn’t.
Ryan Aber Tue, Aug. 25 2015 09:54:37 PM CST @BradyGoodno To answer for @jasonkersey, there’s likely to be one in the next couple days
Ryan Aber Tue, Aug. 25 2015 09:49:15 PM CST OU football: What they're saying about Baker Mayfield http://t.co/7fHyHPDAh3
Ryan Aber Tue, Aug. 25 2015 09:49:15 PM CST OU football: Could the Sooners develop another 'Belldozer' package for Trevor Knight? http://t.co/SXlAe6Ixj4
Ryan Aber Tue, Aug. 25 2015 09:21:05 PM CST RT @OU_MBBall: Tip times, TV info. just announced for 4 home games. Updated schedule here: http://t.co/U7MmB5ulGr #takeNOTICE http://t.co/J…

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