• Oklahoma, Oklahoma State each with two players on Rotary Lombardi Watch List

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    OU and Oklahoma State each has placed two players on the watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, presented to the best offensive/defensive lineman or linebacker in college football. OU linebackers Dominique Alexander and Eric Striker, and Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah and linebacker Ryan Simmons were each included on the preseason watch list released Tuesday by the Rotary Lombardi Award Committee.  Also on the list is Tulsa offensive tackle Garrett Stafford (Tulsa Memorial) and TCU defensive lineman Davion Pierson (Millwood). Stafford and Pierson are also candidates for the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman). The 46th Rotary Lombardi Award will be presented to the winner Dec. 9 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston. Preseason Watch List Calendar Tuesday, July 7: Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year)/ Maxwell Award (player of the year) Wednesday, July 8: Mackey Award (tight end)/ Rimington Trophy (center) Thursday, July 9: Lou Groza Award (kicker) / Ray Guy Award (punter) Friday, July 10: Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player)/ Outland Trophy (interior lineman) Monday: Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back) Tuesday: Butkus Award (linebacker)/ Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) Wednesday: Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)/ Wuerffel Trophy (exemplary community service, athletic and academic achievement) Thursday: Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback)/ Doak Walker Award (running back) Friday: Walter Camp Award (player of the year)

  • OSU’s Peterson, OU’s Sanchez on Jim Thorpe Award watch list

    ryan aber | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Oklahoma’s Zack Sanchez and Oklahoma State’s Kevin Peterson are two of the 42 players on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list, released Monday by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. The award, which will be presented Feb. 2 in Oklahoma City, is awarded to the top defensive back in college football. The winner will be announced from three finalists Dec. 10 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Sanchez was a semifinalist for the award last season, when he had 43 tackles and six interceptions. The cornerback is also on the watch lists for the Bednarik and Nagurski awards, given to the top defensive player in college football.

  • OSU's Kevin Peterson, OU's Zack Sanchez on Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Oklahoma State and Oklahoma each has a defensive back on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the best defensive back in college football by the Oklahoma Sports Association. OSU's Kevin Peterson and OU's Zack Sanchez are among 42 players - 12 from the Big 12 - on the initial list released Monday. Also on the list is Kansas State's Dante Barnett - a former Tulsa Washington standout. You can view the entire list here . Players may be added to the list as the season progresses. The winner will be selected from three finalists and will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards. The Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be Feb. 2, 2016 at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

  • VIDEO: Lincoln Riley through the eyes of Muleshoe, Texas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    OU FOOTBALL -- Who is the man from Muleshoe, Texas, who's supposed to invigorate OU's offense? The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey and Bryan Terry went to the small Texas hometown of Lincoln Riley to learn more about the Sooners' new offensive coordinator.

  • How OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley's brilliance carried him from Muleshoe and onto the coaching fast track

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Stop almost anywhere in Muleshoe, where grain elevators create the cityscape, and you’re sure to hear a story about its new favorite son.

  • Lincoln Riley stories from Muleshoe, Texas

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Julie Cage isn’t a big sports fan, so she knows Lincoln Riley in a much different way.

  • Bob Stoops on Dodd Trophy Watch List

    Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops is one of 23 coaches on the preseason Bobby Dodd Trophy Watch List. The Dodd Trophy honors the head coach whose team "enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character." Stoops was a recipient of the award in 2003.

  • OU, Oklahoma State represent bulk of Big 12 on Nagurski Trophy Watch List

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Oklahoma and Oklahoma State landed a combined five players on the watch list for the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the best defensive player in college football. Oklahoma State junior defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is on the initial list of 88 players from around the country, along with OU defensive back Zack Sanchez, linebackers Dominique Alexander and Eric Striker, and defensive end Charles Tapper. Also on the list are former Oklahoma prep standouts - Kansas State defensive back Dante Barnett (Tulsa Washington) and Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers (Guthrie). OU and OSU players make up five of the Big 12's 11 players on the watch list, joining Barnett, Baylor DE Shawn Oakman, Texas Tech DE Pete Robertson, Kansas State DB Danzel McDaniel, West Virginia DB Karl Joseph, and Baylor DT Andrew Billings. The Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce finalists for the award on Nov. 19. The winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 10. Preseason Watch List Calendar Tuesday: Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year)/ Maxwell Award (player of the year) Wednesday: Mackey Award (tight end)/ Rimington Trophy (center) Thursday: Lou Groza Award (kicker) / Ray Guy Award (punter) Friday: Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player)/ Outland Trophy (interior lineman) Mon., July 13: Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back) Tues., July 14: Butkus Award (linebacker)/ Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) Wed., July 15: Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)/ Wuerffel Trophy (exemplary community service, athletic and academic achievement) Thurs, July 16: Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback)/ Doak Walker Award (running back) Fri., July 17: Walter Camp Award (player of the year) More on NewsOK : OU's Darlington on Outland Trophy Watch List OSU's Grogan on Lou Groza Award Watch List Perine, Shepard on Maxwell Award Watch List Three Sooners on Bednarik Watch List

  • OU's Ty Darlington named to Outland Trophy Watch List

    Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Oklahoma center Ty Darlington is one of 17 centers on the 2015 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List. The 6-foot-2, 299-pound senior, who was named to the Rimington Award Watch List on Wednesday, is one of just 11 Big 12 player on the initial list. The Outland Trophy is awarded to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman by the Football Writers Association of America. Semifinalists for the Outland will be announced on Nov. 19, and finalists will be announced on Nov. 24. The award winner will be announced Dec. 10 at the Home Depot College Football Awards in Atlanta. Preseason Watch List Calendar Tuesday: Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year)/ Maxwell Award (player of the year) Wednesday: Mackey Award (tight end)/ Rimington Trophy (center) Thursday: Lou Groza Award (kicker) / Ray Guy Award (punter) Friday: Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player)/ Outland Trophy (interior lineman) Mon., July 13: Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back) Tues., July 14: Butkus Award (linebacker)/ Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) Wed., July 15: Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)/ Wuerffel Trophy (exemplary community service, athletic and academic achievement) Thurs, July 16: Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback)/ Doak Walker Award (running back) Fri., July 17: Walter Camp Award (player of the year) More on NewsOK : Perine, Shepard on Maxwell Award Watch List Three Sooners on Bednarik Watch List OSU's Grogan on Lou Groza Award Watch List

  • Former OU center Ben Habern named to College Football Playoff staff

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Former Oklahoma center Ben Habern, who had his football career cut prematurely short due to injury, was announced Thursday as the marketing and strategic partnership coordinator for the College Football Playoff. Habern, a former All-Big 12 center who started 30 games in his OU career, had to step away from playing football in 2012 because of lingering neck and back injuries. Habern served as an intern for the College Football Playoff in its inaugural season in 2014. "Honored to continue working with the extremely talented staff at the @CPBPlayoff!," he said via Twitter. "Thank you for the opportunity!"

  • OU center Ty Darlington named to Rimington Award Watch List

    Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Oklahoma senior center Ty Darlington has been named to the 2015 Rimington Award Watch List. Darlington (6-foot-2, 299 pounds) is one of 63 centers across Division I football named to the initial list. The Rimington Trophy is annually awarded to the top center in college football. Last year's award went to Reese Dismukes of Auburn. Finalists for the award will be announced Dec. 7. You can view the entire Watch List here . Preseason Watch List Calendar Tuesday: Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year)/ Maxwell Award (player of the year) Wednesday: Mackey Award (tight end)/ Rimington Trophy (center) Thursday: Lou Groza Award (kicker) / Ray Guy Award (punter) Friday: Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player)/ Outland Trophy (interior lineman) Mon., July 13: Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back) Tues., July 14: Butkus Award (linebacker)/ Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) Wed., July 15: Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)/ Wuerffel Trophy (exemplary community service, athletic and academic achievement) Thurs, July 16: Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback)/ Doak Walker Award (running back) Fri., July 17: Walter Camp Award (player of the year) More on NewsOK : Perine, Shepard on Maxwell Award Watch List Three Sooners on Bednarik Watch List

  • Public video separates Oklahoma's Joe Mixon from Florida State's De'Andre Johnson

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    DeAndre Johnson’s football career at Florida State is over before it began, and not because he slugged a coed in a bar. Johnson was dismissed from the Seminole squad because that punch was captured on video and released to the public. Such is life in the second decade of the 21st century. It’s not necessarily what you do. It’s what we see you do. Video is the new tribunal. The line of demarcation. If volatile video goes public, justice is swift. Just ask Ray Rice. If public consumption of your offense is limited to mere words, social pressure is less severe. And somewhere in the middle is Joe Mixon, at the tribunal door. A video exists of Mixon punching an OU coed, but you haven’t seen it. At least most of

  • OU women's basketball: Sooners to face 4 NCAA Tournament teams in non-conference play

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    OU WOMEN -- The Sooners will face BYU, UALR, Washington and former Big 12-foe Texas A&M in the non-conference portion of their schedule this upcoming season.

  • PHOTO: OU defensive back Will Johnson makes Dean's List

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    He hasn't been on campus very long, but OU defensive back Will Johnson is already making a name for himself ... in the classroom. Johnson, a junior college transfer via Monroe College in New York , made the Dean's List at OU for the Spring 2015 semester, as proof by this letter. That's no easy feat considering "the distinction requires a minimum grade point average of 3.50 for at least twelve graded credit hours." I might have done that once my entire college career, and it certainly wasn't after transferring, having to play football and adjusting to new surroundings. So, well done, William. Johnson will look to make his mark on the field this fall as well. He'll try to help improve a Sooners secondary that ranked eighth in the Big 12 in pass defense in 2014 (294 yards allowed per game). (h/t College Spun )

  • OSU's Emmanuel Ogbah, three OU players on Bednarik Award Watch List

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper, linebacker Eric Striker, and defensive back Zack Sanchez, and Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah have all been named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the defensive player of the year in college football. Striker, Sanchez and Ogbah are each coming off 2014 seasons in which they were All-Big 12 First-Team selections. Tapper was an honorable mention pick in 2014. You can view the complete list of nominees  here . Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 2, and the three finalists will be revealed on Nov. 23. The winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, Dec. 10. Preseason Watch List Calendar Tuesday: Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year)/ Maxwell Award (player of the year) Wednesday: Mackey Award (tight end)/ Rimington Trophy (center) Thursday: Lou Groza Award (kicker) / Ray Guy Award (punter) Friiday: Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player)/ Outland Trophy (interior lineman) Mon., July 13: Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back) Tues., July 14: Butkus Award (linebacker)/ Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) Wed., July 15: Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)/ Wuerffel Trophy (exemplary community service, athletic and academic achievement) Thurs, July 16: Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback)/ Doak Walker Award (running back) Fri., July 17: Walter Camp Award (player of the year)

  • OU's Samaje Perine, Sterling Shepard, OSU's Mason Rudolph named to Maxwell Award Watch List

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine and wide receiver Sterling Shepard, and Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph have been named to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, given annually to college football's player of the year. Perine is coming off a freshman season in which he led the Big 12 in carries (263), rushing yards (1,713) and touchdowns (21) while also setting the NCAA single-game record for rushing yards (427) against Kansas. As a junior, Shepard finished 2014 with 51 receptions, 970 yards and five touchdowns despite battling injuries which forced him to miss three games completely and limited his playing time in three more. Rudolph was inserted into the lineup for Oklahoma State as a true freshman, starting the final three games of the season for the Cowboys. Rudolph finished 49-of-86 for 853 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions, leading OSU to consecutive wins against OU and Washington to close the season. You can view the complete list of nominees  here . Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 2, and the three finalists will be revealed on Nov. 23. The winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, Dec. 10. Preseason Watch List Calendar Tuesday: Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year)/ Maxwell Award (player of the year) Wednesday: Mackey Award (tight end)/ Rimington Trophy (center) Thursday: Lou Groza Award (kicker) / Ray Guy Award (punter) Friiday: Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player)/ Outland Trophy (interior lineman) Mon., July 13: Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back) Tues., July 14: Butkus Award (linebacker)/ Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) Wed., July 15: Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)/ Wuerffel Trophy (exemplary community service, athletic and academic achievement) Thurs, July 16: Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback)/ Doak Walker Award (running back) Fri., July 17: Walter Camp Award (player of the year)

  • OU basketball recruit Payton Pritchard decommits from Sooners

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    OU lost a longtime commitment Monday night, as Class of 2016 point guard Payton Pritchard (West Linn, Ore.) decommitted from Sooners. Pritchard, ranked No. 46 in the Rivals 150 for 2016, pledged to OU, his parents' alma mater, in November . The 6-foot-2, 180 pounder was OU's first commitment in the Class of 2016. Pritchard has offers from Arizona State, Gonzaga, Indiana, and Wisconsin, among others.

  • Trevor Knight, Ty Darlington, Eric Striker, Sterling Shepard to represent OU at Big 12 Media Days

    erik horne | Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    At Big 12 Football Media Days this month, a much-talked about figure in OU football will be noticeably missing. Offensive lineman Ty Darlington, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, linebacker Eric Striker and quarterback Trevor Knight will represent the Sooners, along with head coach Bob Stoops, July 20-21 in Dallas. Knight's inclusion may be the most intriguing of the bunch, as the redshirt junior isn't assured his role as starting quarterback with Baker Mayfield now in the fold. Is Knight's inclusion an indication of his place in the OU quarterback pecking order, or are Stoops and the Sooners trying to keep everyone guessing as much as possible - including the quarterbacks - as to who the No. 1 is headed into the fall? OU is scheduled to appear at Media Day July 21 along with Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Texas. Kansas, Kansas State, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia will meet with the media on July 20.

  • OU running back Alex Ross on Paul Hornung Award Watch List

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    OU junior running back Alex Ross is one of 44 players who have been named to the 2015 Paul Hornung Award Watch List. The Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football, and Ross would qualify. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was third nationally in kickoff return average (31.22 per attempt), scoring two touchdowns. Ross also rushed 88 times for 595 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 6.8 yards per carry, best among OU rushers with 10 or more carries. Players may be added to the watch list during the season based on performance. The winner will be honored in February in Louisville, Ky. 2015 Paul Hornung Award Watch List Ishmael Adams, UCLA Budda Baker, Washington V"Angelo Bentley, Illinois Rashon Ceaser, Louisiana Monroe Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina Trevor Davis, California Matt Dayes, N.C. State Cameron Echols-Luper, TCU DeVon Edwards, Duke Tyler Ervin, San Jose State Leonard Fournette, LSU Autrey Golden, UTEP Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech Janarion Grant, Rutgers Carlos Harris, North Texas Carlos Hernandez, Louisiana Tech Myles Jack, UCLA Adoree Jackson, USC Corey Jone, Toledo Isaiah Jones, East Carolina William Likely, Maryland T.J. Logan, North Carolina Byron Marshall, Oregon Jalin Marshall, Ohio State Christian McCaffrey, Stanford Elijah McGuire, Louisiana Lafayette Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia Ronnie Moore, Bowling Green Teldrick Morgan, New Mexico State Charles Nelson, Oregon Speedy Noil, Texas A&M Daz'Mond Patterson, Ohio De'Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska James Quick, Louisville Alex Ross, Oklahoma R.J. Shelton, Michigan State Ryan Switzer, North Carolina Jahad Thomas, Temple Jaylen Walton, Ole Miss Shane Williams-Rhodes, Boise State Stanley Williams, Kentucky Myles Willis, Boston College Dontre Wilson, Ohio State

  • Baker Mayfield's shoulder won't affect the quarterback derby

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    OU UPDATE -- With reports circulating about Baker Mayfield's health, Berry Tramel and Jason Kersey talk about why the quarterback competition at OU is still Mayfield's to lose.




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