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Oklahoma redshirt senior QB Baker Mayfield called redshirt sophomore QB Kyler Murray "the fastest player on the team."

Murray, who transferred over to Oklahoma from Texas A&M in December of 2015, sat out the past season to satisfy NCAA regulations. He's eligible, now. With Mayfield already having the starting job locked down, Murray and sophomore Austin Kendall are battling it out in camp for backup honors.
Source: OU Daily
Aug 7 - 6:51 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior WR Nick Basquine will miss the season with an Achilles injury.

Basquine (5'11/194) sustained the season-ending Achilles injury during practice on Saturday. He is the team's leading returning receiver after catching 20 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns last season. Jeff Badet and Jeffrey Mead are expected to work as OU's top two receivers in 2017, with Basquine's loss thinning out the rotation behind those two.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 7 - 12:14 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior G Alex Dalton will miss the 2017 season with a knee injury.

"It was an off-the-field injury that happened before camp. It’s a tough deal for him because he’s had a couple of them here. We’ll get him rehabbed as well as we can, but he will miss the season," said HC Lincoln Riley. Dalton (6'3/298) also sustained a torn ACL in 2015 which kept him out for the campaign. In a healthy 2016 season, he started one game and appeared in five with the Sooners. Count his repeat loss as a depth blow, as he was not expected to see starting work.
Aug 3 - 9:08 PM

Oklahoma K/P Austin Seibert didn't report to the start of fall camp with his teammates.

The Oklahoman reported that "[a]n academic issue with the university is part of the delay in Seibert’s arrival." Seibert was also absent for summer workouts. Fortunately, all indications have him joining the team soon. In 2016, Seibert converted 72-of-74 extra points and 11-of-16 field goals while averaging 41.1 yards on 48 punts.
Aug 1 - 1:54 PM

NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah compares Oklahoma redshirt senior QB Baker Mayfield's playing style to Colt McCoy coming out of Texas.

"Both guys were big-time winners in college and I think Mayfield, like McCoy, will have a long NFL career as a solid No. 2 QB," he wrote. Jeremiah also sees some of Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M in Mayfield, but doesn't think that comparison quite encapsulates it because Manziel was a "little more dynamic than Mayfield as both a passer and runner." The analyst loves Mayfield's improvisation and ability to escape the pocket when his first two reads are covered. "He has excellent touch on underneath throws (swings, bubble screens, shallow crossers, etc.) and his deep-ball touch is above average," Jeremiah wrote. "He doesn't have a huge arm, but he flashes the ability to drive the ball." However, Jeremiah says Mayfield "has a long way to go" before becoming an NFL starter because his "accuracy on drive throws is concerning," "his feet get very busy" inside the pocket and he sometimes bypasses easy completions.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 25 - 3:57 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared Oklahoma four-star 2018 ATH Jaquayln Crawford to TCU WR Kavontae Turpin.

"Neither are very big, but both can run like the wind and have terrific quickness. We would expect Crawford to be employed in the same manner (to Turpin)," Luginbill writes. "First as a return specialist, then worked into the receiving rotation." The analyst notes that Crawford (5'10/163) has "game-changing ability as a return man." ESPN ranks the newest baby Sooner as the No. 135 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Jul 18 - 10:45 PM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 ATH Jaquayln Crawford.

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton had floated the possibility that Crawford (5'10/163) might shy off Oklahoma following HC Bob Stoops' retirement in June, possibly in favor of Texas, but that did not come to pass. Scout.com's Gabe Brooks refers to the outlet's No. 275 overall prospect as a "dart-and-dodge guy" due to his quickness and shifty feet. While Crawford could potentially play either corner or receiver at the collegiate level, Scout sees him as a wideout.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 18 - 9:12 PM

Oklahoma president David Boren said that he is "philosophically in favor of a 10-win Texas."

"The truth of the matter is that we really need for others – everyone in the conference – to succeed. It helps everybody. A rising tide lifts all boats," Boren told the Dallas Morning News before joking, "Now, we don’t want them to do it at our expense." The Longhorns have not won more than nine games in a season since 2009, when then-HC Mack Brown led the team to a 13-1 record before the Longhorns lost to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.
Jul 11 - 7:45 PM

Oklahoma junior S Will Sunderland turned himself in on Tuesday for a felony second-degree burglary charge.

He was released after posting a bond of $5,000. Sunderland is alleged to have stolen a PlayStation 4, controllers and games from a dorm room housing Sooner baseball players, and then selling them to an Oklahoma City business. He previously turned himself in on a misdemeanor charge for possession of stolen property. Sunderland remains suspended from the Sooners until his legal status clears up.
Jun 28 - 6:27 PM

Scout.com's Blair Anguilo writes that Oklahoma four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Spencer Rattler "could be a perfect fit for what the Sooners hope to continue in their spread offense under [HC Lincoln] Riley."

"Rattler can get the ball out quick and efficiently but, if nothing is there, has the athleticism to still hurt defenses," Anguilo writes. The 6-foot, 165-pounder is also sneaky adept at working outside of the pocket and has shown a penchant for creativity when plays break down on him. Scout.com ranks Rattler as the No. 51 prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 27 - 8:20 PM

Rivals' Paul Strelow passes along that Clemson remains in communication with Oklahoma four-star 2018 verbal RB commit T.J. Pledger.

Strelow writes that Pledger "might be even more inclined to look around with Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops’ departure." This is one that we would imagine Tigers HC Dabo Swinney would love to flip -- particularly given five-star RB Zamir White's commitment to Georgia earlier on Tuesday. Clemson was in dogged pursuit of White earlier in the cycle before Georgia gained momentum for the commitment. Pledger ranks as Rivals' No. 46 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 27 - 7:04 PM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Spencer Rattler.

Rattler (6'0/165) ranks as 247Sports' No. 2 pro-style quarterback for the 2019 cycle. Outlet analyst Steve Wiltfong offers up a nice scouting report on the Phoenix native, noting that he "moves extremely well and is accurate with the football while running to his right or left" and "has a knack for extending plays and is always looking downfield for an open receiver." Rattler is the second commitment HC Lincoln Riley has landed in the 2019 class, joining four-star TE Austin Stogner. The Sooners have had no issues landing pledges since Riley took over for the retiring Bob Stoops earlier this month.
Jun 27 - 5:58 PM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 TE Austin Stogner.

While Sooners HC Lincoln Riley has already made headway with the 2018 recruiting class since taking over for Bob Stoops, Stogner (6'7/230) represents the program's first pledge for the 2019 cycle. Scout.com's Greg Powers writes of the newest baby Sooner, "He splits out more often than not, but shows good in-line skills and and shows good feet in the open field securing blocks on linebackers on the second level as an H-back." When the major recruiting outlets release their 2019 rankings, Stogner figures to be up there as one of the top tight end prospects in the class.
Jun 23 - 6:13 PM

Oklahoma junior S Will Sunderland was charged with felony burglary on Wednesday.

Sunderland is alleged to have stolen a Playstation 4, controllers and games from a dorm room housing Sooner baseball players and then selling them to an Oklahoma City business. He was originally charged with a misdemeanor for selling the electronics. Oklahoma has placed Sunderland on indefinite suspension.
Jun 22 - 2:38 PM

Updating a previous item, Oklahoma junior S Will Sunderland is charged with selling two gaming consoles plus games from a residence hall for student-athletes.

Sunderland is not charged with stealing the items. He sold them on March 15 and was charged on June 15. He was suspended immediately.
Source: News OK
Jun 21 - 10:49 AM


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