• Seahawks' Bennett calls out Sam Bradford, mediocre quarterbacks as protected, overpaid

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett made it clear Tuesday that he isn't a fan of the inflated market for NFL quarterbacks. He's also not fond of the way some of them react to getting hit. Former OU quarterback Sam Bradford falls into both categories for Bennett, who is wrangling for a new contract.  During an interview with Brock and Salk  on 719 ESPN Seattle on Tuesday, Bennett said that "quarterback is the only position in the NFL you can be mediocre at and get paid," using quarterbacks such as Philadelphia's Bradford and Miami's Ryan Tannehill as examples. "At every other position, you can't be mediocre," Bennett said. "If I was Ryan Tannehill and the most games I ever won was seven, how could you get a $100 million for that? I guess that's the value of the position." Bennett then brought up Bradford, who has been the focus of a controversial play involving Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. In a preseason game last Saturday, Suggs was flagged for roughing the passer on a hit on Bradford  that was later deemed a legal play by the NFL . Bradford was playing in his first game since tearing his ACL in 2014 playing for the St. Louis Rams. "There's some mediocre quarterbacks in the NFL that make a lot of money," Bennett said. "You take a guy like Sam Bradford -- he's never played really in the last three years, but he's made more money than most guys in the NFL. Bennett continued: "Then quarterbacks get protected more than any other player. I mean, he gets hit in his knees and he's about to cry. 'They hit me in my legs.' Everybody gets hit in their legs. Every play somebody tries to hit me in my legs. So what makes him different? What makes his life better than mine? I've got kids. I've got stuff I like to do on the weekend. But because he gets hit in his legs, he gets a flag. He gets up with a sad face like the world just ended because he got hit. I mean, you got hit in an NFL game. Who cares? Get back up and be like, 'Good job.'"

  • OU football: Pay-per-view details released for Sooners opener vs. Akron

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    NORMAN — Fox Sports Oklahoma has announced Oklahoma's football season opener vs. Akron on Sept. 5 will be made available via pay-per-view. The game is being televised on a pay-per-view basis because it was not selected for over-the-air broadcast or cable television coverage. It will be available on a dedicated pay-per-view channel on participating Oklahoma program providers, and nationwide via participating satellite and Telco distributors. Pricing will vary by distributor. Ron Thulin, Dave Lapham and Chad McKee will call the game, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.. Viewers outside the state of Oklahoma can purchase a live stream of the pay-per-view broadcast on SoonerSports.tv. The online pay-per-view price is

  • Would Trevor Knight transfer from OU?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    OU UPDATE -- The Sooners have selected Baker Mayfield as their quarterback. So, what will happen to Trevor Knight? A transfer? A special role in the offense? Jenni Carlson and Jason Kersey discuss.

  • OU football: Du'Vonta Lampkin says he's cleared to practice with Sooners

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday night Du'Vonta Lampkin - the Texas signee turned OU late arrival - still had to be medically cleared before he could join the Sooners. Lampkin said Tuesday that he eligible to practice. "Cleared for practice. Time to get to work," Lampkin said on Twitter. Texas coach Charlie Strong said this weekend he wouldn't release Lampkin from his letter of intent.

  • 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.

  • Chip Kelly refutes NFL's interpretation of hit on Sam Bradford

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Quarterback Sam Bradford was not running a zone-read play when he was hit low by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Monday. In the Ravens-Eagles preseason game on Saturday, Suggs was flagged on the play for a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty, but the NFL came back on Monday and said a flag should not have been thrown on the play. Kelly refuted what NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino called "not a foul by rule." "He said it was a read-option play, but it wasn't a read-option play," Kelly said. "I know our quarterbacks can get hit on a read-option play, but not every run we have is a read-option run. We run sweep, power, counter, trap -- all of those things out of the gun. "Everyone in the league runs shotgun runs. Are they going to hit every quarterback in the league when they hand off in the shotgun? That's up to the league. I think it would be troubling for the league if every quarterback in the shotgun can be hit." The play has drawn up more controversy than most low hits, considering Bradford was playing in his first game in a year since tearing his ACL playing for the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 preseason.

  • PHOTO: Dez Bryant, Kendall Hunter traded jerseys and a Sooner photobombed the pic

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State standouts Kendall Hunter and Dez Bryant were rivals on the field on Sunday, but came together at the end of the game. Hunter, a running back for the San Francisco 49ers, and Bryant, a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, played together at Oklahoma State from 2007 to 2009. So when the 49ers beat the Cowboys 23-6 on Sunday in preseason play, it didn't stop the two friends from swapping jerseys soccer style. Also, check out former Oklahoma tight end Blake Bell on the left. Bell had one catch for five yards in the 49ers' win. Bryant and Hunter didn't play.

  • 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: Running back Daniel Brooks ready to finally show his skills

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    “There’s a place for Daniel,” said OU coach Bob Stoops. “He makes some good plays, not only special teams-wise but with the offense so hopefully he can keep finding his niche. We’ll keep looking for it for him.”

  • 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.

  • [UPDATE]: Former Texas signee Du'Vonta Lampkin says he's been admitted to OU. Have Horns granted release?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Du'Vonta Lampkin was a longtime OU commit before decommitting, committing to Texas and signing with the Longhorns in the Class of 2015. So much for that. Lampkin said via Twitter today that he's enrolled at OU. In May, Lampkin posted an apology letter to Twitter under the caption "Thank you Longhorn nation," saying that he would be attending another university. He then confirmed to the Cypress Creek (Texas) Mirror that OU would be his likely landing spot. It remains to be seen if Lampkin will be a part of OU's fall roster.

  • Tennessee loses second offensive lineman to season-ending injury

    Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Tennessee will enter its game against Oklahoma without a starter at offensive guard and now a key backup on the offensive line. Tennessee redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Austin Sanders (6-foot-5, 318 pounds) has been ruled out for 2015 after tearing a biceps tendon. The injury to Sanders was confirmed by Volunteers coach Butch Jones on Thursday. Sanders appeared in five games last season. He  joins redshirt senior Marcus Jackson  as the Vols' second offensive guard to be ruled out for the season during preseason practice. Jackson, who started 12 games last season, including the Vols’ 34-10 in Norman, underwent surgery for an undisclosed injury last week and is expected to miss eight to nine months. “Again, you never recover, but that is a position where we have built some depth there, and it’s next man in," Jones said,  per 247sports.com . "It’s another person’s opportunity." OU plays Tennessee Sept. 12 in Knoxville.

  • High school football: Isaac Stoops has big debut in scrimmage for Norman North

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    The Norman North sophomore had two interceptions in a strong debut performance in the scrimmage at Moore Stadium against Westmoore, Edmond Santa Fe and Tulsa Union.

  • Report: Bradford 'in control' in Eagles practice | Philly.com

    Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Sam Bradford had a few red-zone struggles, but reportedly had a strong final full practice before Saturday's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. In the second of three joint workouts this week against the Ravens, Bradford led the Eagles on a nine-play scoring drive against Baltimore's defense in team two-minute drills, according to Philly.com, capped off by a touchdown run by Kenjon Barner. Friday's Eagles practice will be a light workout, so it was Bradford's last chance to get some live work in before his expected preseason debut Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Thursday he's made no guarantees about playing time on Saturday. Bradford was held out of the Eagles' first preseason game last week against the Indianapolis Colts. 

  • OU football: Quarterbacks developing tight bond despite intense battle for starting position

    BY JASON KERSEY Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    NORMAN — After Trevor Knight won the right to be Oklahoma’s starting quarterback in the 2013 season opener, Blake Bell — the guy passed over for the job — ended up becoming one of his most enthusiastic supporters. When Bell took over in the fourth quarter of Game 2 and held the job the next two months, their roles reversed; Knight always rushed to be the first sideline player to greet Bell. Unlike most positions in football, the second-team quarterback only gets non-garbage playing time if the starter performs poorly or is injured. Being the backup quarterback can be a humbling experience, completely unlike that of a second-team linebacker, receiver or running back, any of whom can make a big impact without a starter

  • 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.

  • Mixon, Andrews among Athlon's top Big 12 freshmen to watch

    Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Athlon Sports picked its Big 12 freshmen to watch this season, and OU has two players on the list. One (predictably) is Joe Mixon -- the much-hyped running back who was suspended for all of 2014. Mixon is getting a lot of high praise from coaches and teammates during preseason camp. "The immensely talented all-around running back should thrive in new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley's system," Athlon's Allen Kenney writes. "But that also will require that he withstand intense scrutiny away from the field following an altercation with a female co-ed." The other player is WR/TE Mark Andrews -- another redshirt freshman -- who caught a touchdown in OU's most recent scrimmage and who quarterback Baker Mayfield says compares to former Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro . From Athlon: "The scariest part for opposing defenses is that Andrews has the speed and athleticism to get downfield in a hurry and win jump balls." See here which other freshmen Athlon thinks will make a splash in the Big 12 this season.