• Adrian Peterson out of Vikings practice with thigh bruise

    Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Adrian Peterson didn't participate in Wednesday's morning walkthrough at Minnesota Vikings camp. The former OU running back is battling a minor thigh bruise. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Peterson likely won't practice Wednesday afternoon. Peterson did not play in the Vikings' 14-3 preseason win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • Carlson: Wait until you see the NFL's latest 'women's movement'

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    With the football season upon us, I know there are lots of questions out there. Who will start at quarterback for the Sooners? Is defensive tackle a problem for the Cowboys? How will Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray do in Philly? Will Joseph Randle take over at running back in Dallas? How rusty will Adrian Peterson be in Minnesota? Then, of course, there is the question that keeps many a woman up at night as the season approaches. Is there a cute centerpiece that can be made by hand, coordinated with my team's colors and filled with snacks that are also handmade and color-coordinated? Thank heavens, the Tampa Bay Bucs are here to help.

  • Tennessee lineman Marcus Jackson could miss entire season

    Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Tennessee will be without one of its starting offensive linemen against Oklahoma. Volunteers starting guard Marcus Jackson could be out as many as eight or nine months after undergoing surgery. Tennessee coach Butch Jones didn't disclose details about the surgery, but Jackson will certainly be ruled out for the Vols' Sept. 12 meeting with OU in Knoxville. Jackson started all 12 games for Tennessee last season, including the Vols' 34-10 loss to OU in Norman.

  • Former OU kicker Garrett Hartley signed by Steelers

    Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former OU kicker Garrett Hartley, a career 81.7 percent kicker, to replace injured Shaun Suisham, agent Erik Burkhardt confirmed Tuesday to ESPN. Suisham tore his ACL covering a kickoff in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Last season, in limited action for the Cleveland Browns, Hartley went 3-for-3 on field goals.

  • OU commit Austin Kendall, Locust Grove's Mason Fine among MaxPreps' 5 quarterbacks to watch in 2015

    Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    MaxPreps has spotlighted the top returning high school quarterbacks in the nation statistically, and there’s an OU commit and an Oklahoma prep standout on the list. Locust Grove's Mason Fine and Cuthbertson (Waxhaw, N.C.) Austin Kendall are Nos 3 and 5 respectively on the list. Fine threw for 71 touchdowns and more than 5,000 yards in leading Locust Grove to the Class 3A state semifinals, while Kendall - an OU commit in the Class of 2016 - was 13th nationally in passing yards (4,461) as a junior. Check out the video above on the two standouts.

  • Offense an unknown commodity for Oklahoma football

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    NORMAN — Two seasons ago, Bob Stoops wasn’t quite sure what he had at quarterback entering the season, even after Trevor Knight beat out Blake Bell for the starting spot. The Sooners were moving to a zone-read offense and all of the drills and 7-on-7 work in the world wasn’t going to clear up what one game would. “Until it starts yeah, it’s a little bit of an unknown, definitely,” Stoops said in the leadup to the 2013 season opener. While the zone read depends on reading the defensive end and taking hits, the Air Raid — the system new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is bringing back to Norman — relies on making quick decisions based on the coverage, making

  • John Marshall's Tramonda Moore, who lost a close friend just 4 months ago, has become a football star

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Tramonda Moore marvels about all that has happened this past year. He smiles about it. Chuckles about it. Shakes his head about it. But there are times that he nearly cries about it, too. On the day high schools all across the state began football practice, no one has changed more since this time last year. The massive left tackle from John Marshall went from an unknown to arguably the most sought-after recruit in Oklahoma. “Nowhere in the recruiting talk,” Moore said of where he was on the first day of practice a year ago. “Not being ranked.” Now? “The whole country knows about me,” he said. He didn’t say that in a boastful way. It was more a statement of awe, a plea not to pinch

  • OU Football Practice Report: A bigger Frank Shannon, player interviews and other observations

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    SOONERS CAMP -- OU beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber discuss the Sooners' practice Monday, the first open to the media this preseason.

  • Former OU receiver Ryan Broyles sticking to $60k budget, investing to set up financial future

    Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Ryan Broyles wanted to make sure his NFL career, however long it lasts, really does set him up for life. ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein wrote about how the former OU receiver has immersed himself in investment and financial planning since joining the NFL. Broyles was drafted in 2012, but since that time he's lived off a budget of about $60,000 a year with his wife, Mary Beth. "When I was hitting the same budget over three, four, five months, it was all right, this is what your budget is and I had some spending money," Broyles said. "That's what I tell people when they want to start to invest, I tell them to live your life and see where you stand and then pull back. Don't pull back without even knowing." Broyles was signed for four years, $3.6 million by the Detroit Lions with $1.422 million guaranteed. He's set to make about $1.1 million this year including base salary and bonuses.

  • Former OU receiver Mark Clayton launching new line of headphones

    Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Is Mark Clayton ready to battle in the headphones market? The former OU All-American and NFL receiver has turned his focus to engineering Livv headphones, a Dallas-based startup which he's pitching via Kickstarter. Clayton's product is described as "wireless headphones for athletes done right. Audio fidelity that stays with you, no matter how hard you play." "I still have that designer, engineering thought process," Clayton told USA Today . "This has given me the ability to go back down that road." Check out more information on Livv Headphones  here .

  • Vikings top Steelers as Landry Jones struggles to find end zone

    By the Associated press | Published: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio — Backup quarterback Mike Kafka threw a touchdown pass and running back Joe Banyard ran for another score to help the Minnesota Vikings beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 14-3 on Sunday night in the Hall of Fame game. Most of the regulars watched from the sidelines in the annual exhibition opener, including former Oklahoma star running back Adrian Peterson of the Vikings and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. With Roethlisberger given the night off and usual backup Bruce Gradkowski dealing with a sore arm, the Steelers gave third-stringer and former Sooner Landry Jones an extensive look. The leading passer in Oklahoma history is trying to convince the team to keep three quarterbacks on the roster.

  • OU football: Quarterback Baker Mayfield has gone from surprise walk-on to potential starter

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    Mayfield arrived on campus as a transfer after a year as a walk-on at Texas Tech with long odds that he’d ever see the field for the Sooners.

  • Tramel: Alabama coach Nick Saban loses control with an unauthorized biography

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    The Alabama football coach is upset about the book and used a portion of his press conference Thursday to rail against it.

  • Collected Wisdom with former Sooner and current College Football Playoff staffer Ben Habern

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    Habern retired from football before his senior season, but was back at Big 12 Media Days last month as a representative of the College Football Playoff, where he interned last year and is now a full-time staffer.

  • OU football Q&A: After down year, OU defensive end Charles Tapper ready to get back to success of sophomore season

    By Erik HorneStaff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    At OU football media day on Saturday, the 6-foot-4, 283-pounder was candid about a “very humbling” 2014, new defensive line coach Diron Reynolds and why he changed his cell phone number.

  • OU football: Receiver Dede Westbrook balances being a dad with football

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    Westbrook could carry plenty of burden in Oklahoma’s new-look Air Raid offense. The top junior college wide receiver in the country a year ago, the junior is expected to complement Sterling Shepard at wide receiver.

  • Tramel: Baylor was a crossroads for Oklahoma, Oklahoma State

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    For the first 15 years of Big 12 football, Baylor week was a scrimmage. Especially for the Oklahoma schools. An automatic victory like those games against lower-division opponents we all detest. The Sooners beat Baylor all 15 seasons, by an average score of 47-15. The Cowboys went 14-1 against Baylor; average score, 42-19. But Baylor got good. Then Baylor got better. Bye-bye, scrimmages. Hello, cage fights. And in 2014, Baylor’s two games against our schools proved to be a crossroads. They sent OU and OSU scurrying down different paths. Baylor begat great optimism in Stillwater, great pessimism in Norman. OSU and OU are projected adjacent in Big 12 preseason polls; most have the Sooners third and the Cowboys

  • Live Coverage: OU Football Media Day

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    Bob Stoops, Sooners assistants and players speak to the media at OU Football Media Day starting at 2 p.m. Follow The Oklahoman sports team for updates.

  • OU football: Five storylines to watch during preseason camp

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    There will be plenty of new faces who were not part of last year's team that are expected to have a chance to contribute quickly, most notably in two areas where the Sooners struggled mightily during last year's 8-5 season—wide receiver and defensive back.

  • OU football season tickets still available

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma kicks off its 2015 football season in less than a month, and season tickets remain available for purchase.That fact might seem surprising considering the legendary Oklahoma football season-ticket waiting list and the 98-game home sellout streak that dates back to Bob Stoops’ first game in 1999, but Sooner athletic director Joe Castiglione doesn’t seem too worried about it.“Actually, the season ticket renewal rate is the same as last year, 96 percent,” Castiglione said this week. “We’ve sold hundreds and hundreds of new season tickets, and are still selling season tickets as we speak.”Still, there are many factors that have made selling tickets tougher these days than in years past. Oklahoma’s