OU football notebook: Bradford, Murray Academic All-Americans
Bradford, Murray Academic All-Americans
Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford and running back DeMarco Murray were named ESPN the Magazine second-team Academic All-Americans on Wednesday.
Bradford carries a 3.95 grade-point average in finance. Murray carries a 3.31 grade-point in communications.
Both players were named to the first-team All-Big 12 Academic team earlier this week.
Johnson also Academic All-Big 12
Kyle Johnson, a deep snapper out of Konawa, was inadvertently left off OU’s Tuesday press release of the school’s All-Big 12 Academic Team members.
Johnson, a petroleum engineering major, was a second-team selection.
Gresham tight end of the week
Jermaine Gresham was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week for the second time this season.
Gresham caught five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown in OU’s 65-21 win over Texas Tech.
Earlier in the week, Gresham was named one of three finalists for the 2008 John Mackey Award, which is given to college football’s tight end of the year.
The other finalists are Oklahoma State’s Brandon Pettigrew and Missouri’s Chase Coffman.
Last Saturday, Texas Tech’s players came onto the field for pregame warm-ups taunting the OU crowd and talking trash to the Sooner players.
That tactic didn’t work as OU cruised to a 65-21 victory.
"I’ve never seen a team come on the field like that,” said Sooner defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. "I thought, ‘No, that’s a mistake.’
"It fired us up. Instead of trying to fight them then, we were going to beat ‘em up between the whistles. Between the lines it was us and them, and now, let’s see where your noise-talking is. We took care of it.”
Not only did Bradford appear on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated with running back Chris Brown, he will appear on the cover of the December issue of Sharing The Victory, the official magazine of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The Duke of Norman
The last week was a big one for guard Duke Robinson. First, he became a father to a baby girl. Then, his Sooners beat the second-ranked team in the nation. And earlier this week, he was named one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, awarded to college football’s top interior lineman.
"It feels good,” Robinson said. "Feels great.”
Last weekend, Chuck Long became the first of Bob Stoops’ former assistants to lose a head coaching job.
Long, an assistant at OU from 2000-2005, was fired by San Diego State after the Aztecs went 2-10 this season.
Stoops, however, said earlier this week Long will find another job soon.
"All of us have a great deal of respect for Chuck,” Stoops said. "We loved the time Chuck was here, he did a fabulous job for us, running the offense, developing the quarterbacks.
"We all feel bad for him, wish that hadn’t happened. But I’m sure Chuck will have a great number of opportunities.”
Bengals sign Runnels
Wednesday, the Cincinnati Bengals re-signed former OU fullback J.D. Runnels to its practice squad.
Runnels was a sixth-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2006. He also had a stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I think this is number one. Just being an Oklahoma kid, it’s non-stop Bedlam. Just going out in public, Oklahoma fans don’t want to lose to OSU, and OSU fans don’t want to lose to Oklahoma. So I think it’s bigger than Texas only because we come into more contact with OSU fans." — OU cornerback Dominique Franks on the Bedlam rivalry. Franks graduated from Tulsa Union High School.
By Jake Trotter