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

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    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.

  • PHOTOS: OU quarterback Trevor Knight dating a Clemson cheerleader?

    Erik Horne | Updated: 21 hr ago

    This might be the biggest positive to come out of OU's horrific bowl loss to Clemson. At least for Trevor Knight. Clemson blasted OU 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl, but that hasn't stopped Knight from evidently getting close to Clemson cheerleader Rachel Wyatt. The two spent Fourth of July together at Disney World, and were together at the iHeart Radio Country Music Festival a few months ago. (All photos via Instagram) First it was Baker Mayfield dating the "enemy." Now, it's Knight. Katy Perry is clearly old news.

  • How have Baker Mayfield and Trevor Knight played on the road?

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    The success of the OU football season figures to be determined away from Norman. Some years ago, that would have been a bummer for Sooner prognostications. OU’s susceptibility at home the last three seasons has changed that perception, to some degree. At Owen Field, the Sooners lost to Kansas State and Notre Dame in 2012, and to Kansas State, Baylor and OSU in 2014. Still, you’d rather have your tough games at home. The Sooners on the road this season play Tennessee, Baylor and OSU, plus the neutral-site game against Texas. The success of the OU season largely will be determined by quarterback play, which has been inconsistent for the Sooners two years running.

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

    erik horne | Yesterday

    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 | Yesterday

    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.

  • Tramel: Please explain why a 10-team Big 12 won't work?

    berry tramel | Yesterday

    Why can’t the Big 12 thrive with 10 schools? What would two schools add, especially two imperfect-fit schools, which are the only kind available at the moment? Again, dead-serious question. What would 12 provide that 10 doesn’t?

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Carl Crawford eats words regarding his football recruitment by Oklahoma

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    A two-sport star at Jefferson Davis High School in Houston, Crawford was recruited by the Sooners entering his senior year in 1999, only to choose to sign with Nebraska.

  • OU football: Sooners making a strong in-state recruiting push

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    NORMAN — Logan Roberson might not have been speechless but he was awfully close last month when the Harrah offensive lineman committed to Oklahoma. Roberson grew up dreaming of playing for the Sooners and hadn’t even allowed himself to think much of it being a real possibility until OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh extended the offer. Once the offer was there, though, Roberson didn’t need any time to think, committing on the spot. Roberson is one of three in-state players among OU’s six commitments for the 2016 class, joining Victory Christian linebacker Jon-Michael Terry and NEO and former Lawton High cornerback Maurice Chandler.

  • Analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of Big 12 expansion candidates

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    BOISE STATE Athletic budget: $45.7 million Enrollment: 22,259 Market: Greater Boise population of 650,288; Idaho population 1.63 million. Football stadium: Albertsons Stadium, opened in 1970 and frequently renovated since. Current capacity 36,387. Fan base: Squishy. Boise State has averaged 34,366 and 32,503 per home game the last two seasons. Television attraction: Strong. Boise State’s brand has gone national. Television clickers will stop on the Broncos, and in the Mountain Time Zone, a late-night window is created. Geography: Problematic. It’s 2,212 miles from Boise to Morgantown, W.Va. Heck, it’s 1,500 miles from Boise to Oklahoma City. Academic standing: Not ranked among the top

  • Oklahoma football: Quarterback Baker Mayfield has shoulder fatigue

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Texas Tech transfer who sat out last season is suffering from shoulder fatigue but does not have structural damage to his throwing shoulder, a source close to the program told The Oklahoman. Mayfield’s soreness is due to “simply throwing too many reps,” the source said.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 defensive backfield

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers 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: 07/02/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber discuss Oklahoma's 2015 defensive backfield. Can this group rebound from a disastrous 2014 season? PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/30/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber preview Oklahoma's linebackers for the 2015

  • Where are they now: Former OU standout Tommie Harris finding second life after tragedy

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Former OU All-American defensive lineman Tommie Harris had his NFL career cut short by injuries, but those pale in comparison to what Harris has overcome off the field. Following the unexpected death of his wife in 2012 due to an unexpected brain aneurysm, Harris was left with two children and no plan for the future. For Sports Illustrated's "Where Are They Now" issue, Andrew Lawrence writes about how Harris rebounded from tragedy by moving back home to Texas, returning to full health, and starting his second life as an entrepreneur. One of his ventures is as part owner of the Texas Outlaws - a team in the Fall Experimental Football League. The league launched in 2014 and Harris and former OU teammate Eric Bassey have ambitions to move the team to Oklahoma City.

  • OU-Texas makes '10 things that make college football unique' list

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    One of the institutions of college football: The Red River Rivalry. Ranking up there with Army playing Navy every year, old school uniforms, marching bands and live mascots, ESPN's Chris Low lists "Texas vs. Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl" as one of 10 things that make college football unique and should never be changed. From Low: "If you’ve had a chance to see a game in AT&T Stadium, aka Jerry World, you know it's a palace. But the Red River Rivalry -- the yearly grudge match between Oklahoma and Texas -- is much more than just a football game. It’s an event, which is why it should never move from the venerable Cotton Bowl and Fair Park in Dallas, even for the swanky confines of Jerry World. There’s no experience in college football quite like it, with the game being played in conjunction with the State Fair of Texas. Where else can you get Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Swan Paddle Boat rides and one of sports’ best rivalries all in one October swoop? There’s a deal in place to keep the game at the Cotton Bowl, where it has been played since 1932, through 2025. And even though the Cotton Bowl Classic moved to Jerry World in 2010, here’s hoping the Longhorns and Sooners will be settling their business with Big Tex standing guard for a long time to come."

  • OU quarterback Baker Mayfield suffering from shoulder fatigue

    BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has shoulder fatigue but does not have structural damage, a source close to the program told The Oklahoman. Mayfield's soreness is due to "simply throwing too many reps," the source said. The source contradicted reports earlier this week that Mayfield suffered a torn rotator cuff. The official Sooners football Twitter account even addressed the report Wednesday night, also characterizing Mayfield's condition as shoulder fatigue. Mayfield, a junior, is competing with Trevor Knight and Cody Thomas for the starting quarterback spot. He sat out last season after transferring from Texas Tech. As a true-freshman walk-on, Mayfield made seven starts for the Red Raiders.

  • Josh Heupel's dad says former OU offensive coordinator is loving Utah State

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Ken Heupel, the father of former Oklahoma quarterback and co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, says his son is adjusting well to his new job at Utah State. Along with former wide receivers coach Jay Norvell, Josh Heupel was fired following the Sooners' 8-5 season in 2014. At a life skills camp in Catoosa this week hosted by Josh Heupel's 14 Foundation, Ken Heupel told the Tulsa World that Josh "loves it there" in Logan, Utah, in his new role as offensive coordinator. Ken also said the Heupels weren't surprised by OU making the move to move on from his son as an assistant. OU hired 31-year-old East Carolina assistant Lincoln Riley in January to replace Josh Heupel. "We all know this is a big boys business," Ken said. "We understand what the situation is and that type of thing."

  • Cheers to selling beer at college football games

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    A couple weeks ago, Texas decided to open the tap to serving alcohol at football games. Among schools that play big-time college football, it becomes the 33rd to sell alcohol throughout its stadium. Even though that's only about a fourth of all Division I schools, the total could be counted on two hands not so long ago. And the total now doesn't include schools like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State selling alcohol in premium seating areas such as suites and clubs. Texas is by far the biggest name on the list of schools selling beer and wine at football games, so it seems like it may only be a matter of time before more follow suit. Cheers to that. Many university leaders including OU president David Boren

  • Big 12 stability solution: Expand to 14 teams, start a network

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Following on OU president David Boren saying that he's in favor of the Big 12 Conference expanding , foxsports.com's Clay Travis wants to take that idea a step further. Instead of expansion to 12 teams, how about 14? And add a network as well. The only way the Big 12 expands is with a Big 12 Network, Travis says. But that would mean Texas would have to give up the Longhorn Network and roll it into the Big 12 Network. And even if that were to happen, the monetary pieces of the pie wouldn't be big enough for schools besides Texas. "You'd probably have to guarantee Texas an unequal share of the revenue since they'd be giving up the LHN in the process," said Travis. The solution: Expansion to 14 schools, with Travis offering up Cincinnati, Central Florida or South Florida, BYU and Memphis as options in order to dip into larger TV markets (and football-crazed fan bases) of Ohio, Tennessee and Florida.




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