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  • Oklahoma football: Depth a strength for Sooners on offensive line

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma lost a couple valuable players on the offensive line from last season with Gabe Ikard and Bronson Irwin lost to graduation. But this might be the deepest group of offensive linemen the Sooners have had in a long time. “Since I’ve been here, there have been five or six people, but man we’re stacked everywhere,” starting right tackle Daryl Williams said. “That’s just saying we’ve got good competition and guys that can play.” In Ikard’s spot, center, Ty Darlington takes over after playing just a couple games on special teams as a sophomore. But that was primarily due to Ikard’s staying healthy last season.

  • Oklahoma football: Optimism reigns over defense

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    COMMENTARY — But a warning: The unit could be high risk, high reward again.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Receiver depth involves walk-ons

    By John Helsley and Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Kameron Doolittle, a former Edmond Memorial star who joined the Cowboys from Northeastern A&M Junior College, could play a significant role as an inside receiver. He’s been bragged on for his blocking and toughness. And he’s regularly caught most everything thrown his way.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys have good depth on defensive line

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State lost All-Big 12 defensive tackle Calvin Barnett... and got better up front? That’s the value of depth, which Mike Gundy said has never been better along the defensive line in his time as Cowboys head coach. “I believe we’re better than we were last year,” Gundy said. And the Cowboys were good last year. But aside from Barnett, everyone returns. And those who are back have worked and developed into what OSU coaches consider a formidable front. It starts with tackle James Castleman, entering his third season as a starter. It includes rising star end Jimmy Bean. And Emmanuel Ogbah, the starter opposite Bean, could be on the verge of his own breakout.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys trying to piece together offensive line

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    STILLWATER — Bob Connelly arrived for spring practice under the gun. First, he was replacing longtime offensive line coach Joe Wickline, who left to join Charlie Strong at Texas. Second, and more importantly, he faced a major overhaul of a line that had been ravaged by injury and defections. Connelly can’t do anything about comparisons to Wickline. But he can – and is – at work piecing together a capable unit from the wreckage, created at least in part by Wickline, who left the cupboard somewhat barren. Oklahoma State’s two-deep depth chart features three seniors, two of those junior college transfers; just one junior; three sophomores; and two freshman, including a redshirt freshman slated to start at

  • Oklahoma football: Lawyers for OU, Frank Shannon meet with referee

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The referee will make a recommendation to the justices regarding the case.

  • College football: Could Adrian Peterson be the end of the feature back era?

    BY CODY STAVENHAGEN, Staff Writer, cstavenhagen@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    END OF AN ERA — Some say it’s cyclical. Some say it’s just the way things are now. But are we seeing the end of the feature back era? Former Oklahoma standout Adrian Peterson is one of the last true feature backs. Both OU and OSU now feature the running back position by committee and many NFL teams are doing the same.

  • Oklahoma football: Julian Wilson the favorite at cornerback

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Wilson has started 13 career games over the past two years at dimeback and nickelback, but played corner in high school at Southmoore.

  • Jayhawks trying to adjust to running back injuries

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Ben Heeney may know better than anybody the challenge that faces Kansas after losing its top two running backs to season-ending injuries just one day apart. The senior linebacker has had to tackle Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox in practice, and he's close friends with both of them. Bourbon is his roommate. "James Sims was the guy around here for four years," Heeney said Tuesday. "For them both to kind of be the ones that were going to carry the load this year, and then both of them had heart-breaking injuries — it hurts the whole team." Bourbon tore his ACL during a scrimmage on Sunday, and Cox tore an Achilles tendon in a non-contact drill on Monday.

  • Top 2 Jayhawks RBs sustain season-ending injuries

    Yesterday

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The top two running backs on the Kansas depth chart will each miss their senior season after Brandon Bourbon tore his ACL and Taylor Cox tore his Achilles' tendon in separate incidents. Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis announced the injuries in a statement Tuesday. He said that both of the players will remain in school and could petition for a sixth year of eligibility. "I feel bad for both Brandon and Taylor as they were looking forward to the opportunity to be the replacement for James Sims," Weis said. "I sat down with each of them individually and talked through their options and was happy that they chose to further their education, while attempting to play again next year if things work out.

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon breaks silence with Tuesday tweet

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    OU freshman Joe Mixon quietly reactived his Twitter account Monday evening — hours after being arraigned on a misdemeanor charge — then broke his silence Tuesday afternoon. “Comeback Season In The Work But Now I'm Thinking Bigger,” Mixon tweeted, quoting lyrics from a Drake song. The former five-star prospect was suspended from football for one year shortly after his arraignment on the charge stemming from an early morning altercation with 20-year-old Amelia Rae Molitor on July 25 at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe. After the altercation, Mixon deactivated his Twitter account. The Oakley, Calif., native used the social media account heavily throughout his recruitment, retweeting virtually anything any college

  • Oklahoma football: Dorial Green-Beckham learning a lot

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Although he’s still waiting to hear if he will play for the Sooners this year, the former Missouri wide receiver is having the ‘dog’ pushed out of him by the OU staff.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys avoid injuries through fall camp

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The Ohio State football program received what might be the worst piece of news any college football team could receive during fall camp on Tuesday: Starting quarterback Braxton Miller injured his throwing shoulder in practice and will miss the 2014 season. Bad news for the Buckeyes. Miller was considered a preseason favorite to be Heisman Trophy finalist entering the year. It’s a fate Oklahoma State coaches were happy to avoid, as offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich mentioned after Saturday’s scrimmage. “I think that’s a compliment to our strength and conditioning program,” Yurcich said. “They’ve done a heck of a job preparing our guys … Coach (Mike) Gundy does a really good job of explaining how to

  • ESPN's Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit say Oklahoma State will need to start fast against Florida State

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Fowler says Mixon’s season-long suspension will be huge loss for Sooners

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys like depth at receiver

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Josh Stewart is gone, but OSU isn’t worried about replacing his production

  • Oklahoma football: Breaking down the wide receivers and tight ends

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    WIDE RECEIVER No.#Name#Height#Weight#Class#Hometown 3#Sterling Shepard#5-10#195#Oklahoma City Shepard is by far the most experienced wide receiver back from last year’s team. The former Heritage Hall star has also taken on a leadership role within this position group. After playing the slot most of his collegiate career thus far, he’ll move outside in 2014. 12#Derrick Woods#6-1#186#Inglewood, Calif. Woods only caught two passes last year, but one was huge. He went up and grabbed a critical 20-yard pass in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama that converted a third-and-12. SLOT RECEIVER 1#K.J. Young#6-0#177#; RFr.#Perris, Calif. After redshirting a year ago, Young appears to have firmly

  • Ohio State says QB Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season because of a shoulder injury

    Yesterday

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State says QB Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season because of a shoulder injury.

  • Ratings Watch: Sam Bradford's preseason debut tops week

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Rams-Packers game gets 4.2 rating on KWTV-9

  • Heisman finalist Klein returns as K-State coach

    Yesterday

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — So many of their mannerisms are the same. So is the attention to detail, the toughness — the grit that has come to not only define them but also their football program. In fact, the only real difference between them may be their ages. Bill Snyder turns 75 in October. Collin Klein turns 25 next month. So it makes sense that when Klein, a Heisman Trophy finalist for Kansas State just two years ago, gave up on his professional dreams and embarked on a career in coaching, he would return do it under the silver-haired sage who turned him into one of the best quarterbacks in school history. "It's an honor.

  • Report: Ohio State QB Miller reinjures shoulder

    Yesterday

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, among the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy, reportedly reinjured his throwing shoulder during practice. The school declined to confirm he was hurt let alone address the severity of the injury, first reported by The Columbus Dispatch. The report about the two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year comes with just more than two weeks before the No. 5 Buckeyes open the season. Miller, a senior, had missed all of spring practice after what was termed "minor, outpatient surgery" on his right shoulder. When workouts resumed in August, he had been held out of a scrimmage and a few practices after experiencing soreness in the shoulder.