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2015 JUCO WR Jarvis Baxter backed out of his commitment with USF and will walk-on with Oklahoma.

Bob Przybylo notes academics might have kept Baxter form his original commitment, but it does not seem to be an issue with the Sooners. Specifically, some of Baxter's summer credits did not count at USF but do at Oklahoma. Obviously going from scholarship to walk-on is a big difference, however, Baxter will likely be considered a "preferred" walk-on.
Source: Scout
Aug 2 - 10:31 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes 3-4 NFL teams will value Oklahoma senior edge rusher Charles Tapper's "strength to hold the point and shorten the pocket with a bull rush as a five-technique defensive end."

"Tapper was named first-team All-Big 12 as a sophomore in 2013, but only managed honorable mention accolades last season due to a drop in productivity," Reuter wrote. "Though he is neither explosive nor overly flexible as a pass rusher, Tapper's game isn't really about racking up sacks." The 6-foot-4, 281-pounds Tapper recorded 37 total tackles, 7.5 TFL and three sacks for the Sooners last year, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 31 - 1:41 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Oklahoma sophomore RB Samaje Perine is the early favorite to get named to the 2015 All-American first-team.

Reuter projects Perine to be joined in that backfield by Georgia sophomore RB Nick Chubb. "The stout but explosive Perine (5-11, 237) outdid Chubb by earning All-America honors, not just freshman accolades, in his freshman campaign, as he rushed for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns last season," he wrote. We don't agree with the prediction, but that's not because we question Perine's ability. The 5-foot-11, 243-pounder must share carries this season with gifted redshirt freshman RB Joe Mixon.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 7:43 PM

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops defended his decision to allow redshirt freshman RB Joe Mixon back on team team, saying the player was subject to "significant penalties."

Mixon was suspended last season after he punched a 20-year-old female classmate. The coach said his players were given a set of behavioral standards that must be adhered to. "If all of those are met, then they have a chance to redeem themselves and have a second chance," Stoops said. "They also know that we have some very high standards for them to meet, and if they're not met, they won't be with us any longer." Like many others, we were surprised Mixon wasn't dismissed. Stoops is gambling with his job that Mixon doesn't get in trouble again.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 22 - 7:16 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior CB Zack Sanchez is the "type of guy any coach would want on an island against an opponent's top receiver," NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes.

"He's a tough player vs. the run and pass. Sanchez baits quarterbacks to step in front of their throws, and he has nice hands to take advantage of miscues," Reuter writes. The 5-foot-11, 179-pound Sanchez recorded 43 tackles, with 6 interceptions and 8 pass break-ups, earning All-Big 12 honors in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 22 - 4:02 PM

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops told reporters sophomore RB Samaje Perine and redshirt freshman RB Joe Mixon can both be on the field at the same time.

Perine broke the FBS single game rushing record last year against Kansas and Mixon was suspended for the season after video showed he punched a woman. Baker Mayfield is expected to start at quarterback after sitting out last season following his transfer from Texas Tech.
Jul 22 - 12:22 PM

NFL.com Draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Oklahoma senior edge rusher Eric Striker is a top candidate for All-American honors at linebacker.

"Striker isn't the biggest linebacker in the country (6-0, 223) but he uses his nose for the ball to beat blockers to the ball and packs a wallop when he arrives," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot, 223-pound Striker recorded 68 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 9 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries, earning All-Big 12 First Team honors last season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 21 - 2:47 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Oklahoma senior edge rusher Charles Tapper as the No. 4 senior defensive end prospect in the land.

"You don't have to worry much about him holding the edge, with his strong frame, and while Tapper hasn't loaded up with sacks, he's not really set loose in that role," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-4, 281-pounds Tapper recorded 37 total tackles, 7.5 TFL and three sacks for the Sooners last year, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors.
Jul 20 - 10:31 PM

ESPN's Max Olson argues that Oklahoma senior WR Sterling Shepard was the Big 12's biggest omission from draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.'s positional rankings.

"The reason I think Shepard will rise up the draft ranks by the end of the year has everything to do with Lincoln Riley," Olson wrote. At East Carolina, Riley oversaw dominant slot WR Justin Hardy. "In that scheme full of simple routes, the 5-foot-10 slot receiver ran wild," Olson wrote. Hardy, who went in Rd. 4 in May, was targeted 173 times last season (more than Amari Cooper, Kevin White and Tyler Lockett), according to ESPN Stats & Info. "I think Shepard can be even better," Olson wrote. "If Shepard stays on the field and comes anywhere close to replicating Hardy's production, we'll be talking about him as a draft gem by season's end." The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Shepard had 51 catches for 970 yards and five touchdowns in 2014 despite missing almost half the season due to injury.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 5:05 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Oklahoma senior edge rusher Eric Striker "might have to transition to safety" at the next level.

"When I look at Striker as a future NFL prospect, it is obvious that his frame isn't big enough to hold up as an NFL linebacker and that he might have to transition to safety. However, as a college linebacker, he is absolutely one to watch this year," Zierlein writes. The Oklahoma prospect finished the 2014 season, with 68 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 9 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries, earning All-Big 12 First Team honors last year.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 17 - 2:43 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior CB Zack Sanchez "was extremely productive for the Sooners last season ... thanks to impressive anticipatory skills and quick-twitch athleticism," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"His biggest obstacle is that he is so thin that he gets overwhelmed by physical receivers -- especially when trying to fend off their blocks during a run play or bubble screen," Zierlein wrote. Sanchez had five interceptions over his first six games and finished with six interceptions, 43 tackles and eight breakups last year. The 5-foot-11, 179-pound Sanchez justifiably earned All-Big 12 honors for that performance.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 16 - 11:19 PM

Oklahoma junior WR Dede Westbrook "shined throughout spring practice and may prove to be a perfect fit for the new-look OU offense out of the slot," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Westbrook (6-foot-1, 167 pounds), ranked as the No. 12 overall JUCO recruit by ESPN, chose Oklahoma over Arizona State, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and others. He transferred over from Blinn College (Texas), where he had 76 receptions for 1,487 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. "While the Oklahoma offense will still surely give running back Samaje Perine plenty of opportunities, the addition of new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley -- as well as potential new starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, a Texas Tech transfer -- will open up an inconsistent passing game," Brown wrote. "Riley's air-raid attack produced two 1,000-yard receivers at East Carolina last year. That's unlikely to happen in Norman right away, and the Sooners do already have a star wideout in Sterling Shepard, but there is room for another star to step up."
Jul 9 - 7:36 PM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore QB Baker Mayfield is dealing with shoulder fatigue, according to beat writer Ryan Aber.

Aber's source says the soreness is a product of Mayfield throwing too many reps. Many point to Mayfield opening the season as Oklahoma's starter after sitting out last season once his transfer from Texas Tech was complete.
Source: News OK
Jul 2 - 12:13 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior CB Zack Sanchez's gambling style "could prove even more effective in his junior season if Oklahoma's pass rush plays up to its potential," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The draft analyst ranks Sanchez, who had six interceptions, 43 tackles and eight breakups last year, as the sixth-best corner in the country. "One of the more aggressive cornerbacks in college football, Sanchez is fond of taking chances -- and it often pays off," Brown wrote. "While his style of play will cause him to occasionally get burned, Sanchez has proven to be an effective ball hawk for the Sooners."
Jun 29 - 10:35 PM

Oklahoma senior WR Sterling Shepard "is quicker than fast and is a little undersized to be an outside receiver, but he hustles with consistent play speed that helps him maximize separation," believes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Shepard's hands are beyond sticky and he has the shake after the catch that should make him a headliner in Oklahoma's new Air Raid offense," Zierlein wrote. Despite catching only two passes in Oklahoma's last six games while suffering from a groin injury, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Shepard had 51 catches for 970 yards and five touchdowns in 2014 and was a Biletnikoff semifinalist.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 10:01 PM


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