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Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook was not listed on the final Senior Bowl roster.

Westbrook caught 74 passes for 1,465 yards (19.8 yards per reception) and 16 touchdowns this season, but plenty of questions remain. Westbrook was arrested on two occasions for family violence complaints prior to joining Oklahoma, a piece of news that did not pop up until December. He also dealt with a career threatening freak injury when he ruptured a small intestine. At some point Westbrook will have to answer these questions from teams and from the media.
Jan 19 - 8:43 AM

Oklahoma sophomore CB Parrish Cobb was arrested for three counts of aggravated robbery.

He's currently being held. Police suspect Cobb of robbing a pedestrian of his wallet while armed on Jan. 10. Baylor police and nearby Bellmead authorities also want to talk to Cobb about armed robberies they're investigating. Oklahoma suspended Cobb, who started two games and made four appearances as a true freshman in 2016.
Source: ESPN
Jan 18 - 1:08 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein spoke with an NFC North scout who believes Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon is a top 40 talent, but he "obviously" won't be drafted there.

The scout said each team will have their own research and opinion of Mixon's past, but he seems certain that Mixon will not be drafted as highly as his talent might place him. The scout said Mixon cannot create like top running backs Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 12 - 10:50 AM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore RB Joe Mixon will forego his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Mixon will follow in the footsteps of fellow Sooners back Samaje Perine, who declared for the draft earlier this week. Unlike Perine, who should draw Day 2 consideration, the 6-foot-1, 226-pound Mixon -- as dynamic as he might be athletically -- is in a decidedly more tenuous position due to his punching a woman in the face during the summer of 2014. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relayed in December that "general managers around the league have told those close to Mixon he won’t get drafted." If he is selected, it likely won't be until Day 3. On the field in 2016, Mixon racked up 1,812 yards from scrimmage and 15 total touchdowns over the course of 12 games played.
Jan 5 - 7:00 PM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 T Adrian Ealy.

"It's a relief, it's a weight off my shoulders. Now I can just worry about working out. I was just ready to pull the trigger," Ealy said. The 6-foot-7, 282-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 171 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. Scout.com notes that Ealy possesses "a great frame, good coordination and upside." He opted to commit to the Sooners over LSU and Arizona.
Source: Rivals
Jan 5 - 4:44 PM

Oklahoma junior RB Samaje Perine announced he will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

The statement comes the morning after Perine passed Billy Sims' OU-record 4,118-career yards. Statistically, Perine's 2016 season was his worst in three years, partially due to splitting time with Joe Mixon and missing three contest in the middle of the season with a pulled muscle. Perine offers power but does create runs of 20-plus yards as well.
Jan 3 - 11:36 AM

Oklahoma junior RB Samaje Perine became the Sooners' all-time leading rusher with his 86 yards in Monday's 35-19 win over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.

Perine surpassed Billy Sims' OU-record 4,118-career yards on a medium-long run midway through the fourth quarter. Prior to that record-breaking run, the 5-foot-11, 243-pound junior scored on a two-yard run to boost the Sooners to a 35-13 advantage. He wraps his 2016 campaign having rushed for 1,060 yards and 12 touchdowns in 10 games played. He has yet to decide on a potential jump to the NFL, but that should come one way or another in the coming days.
Jan 3 - 12:25 AM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore RB Joe Mixon apologized for striking a woman in 2014.

Mixon was suspended for the 2014 season, but was otherwise not punished for punching a woman in the face at a restaurant that summer. Earlier this week, Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops admitted that penalty looks laughably thin two-and-a-half years later. On Friday, Mixon held a press conference to apologize for the troubling incident, saying, "Every day I gotta live with it, gotta sleep with it. It haunts me to this day. If I could take it all back I would." This assault has resurfaced in the news following the release of the surveillance videotape from the restaurant in which the assault occurred. Draft Insider Tony Pauline has heard that if Mixon declares for the 2017 NFL Draft, he may well go undrafted due to this incident.
Source: USA Today
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 04:00:00 PM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops said that in retrospect, he believes the one-year suspension for redshirt sophomore RB Joe Mixon in response to his punching a woman in 2014 was not strict enough.

"Two and a half years ago, thought we had a significant penalty, a strong penalty. Now, it isn't enough. These individuals can't have a second chance. Just not acceptable," Stoops said. His comments come in the wake of the long-delayed release of a surveillance video from summer of 2014 showing Mixon punching a woman outside a restaurant. OU suspended Mixon for the 2014 season, but he was not booted from the football program or university. "In the end, at the time, we felt it was a significant and strong punishment," Stoops said. "And again, some people that have seen the entire [video] at that time agreed. And others didn't."
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 02:24:00 PM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops indicated that redshirt sophomore RB Joe Mixon is undecided regarding the 2017 NFL Draft.

While Mixon may not have come to a decision as of yet, Draft Insider's Tony Pauline recently relayed that NFL general managers have been telling those close to Mixon that should he declare, the dynamic 6-foot-1, 226-pounder will not be drafted. And beyond that, Pauline writes that he may not even be signed as an undrafted free agent. The obvious dark cloud here is Mixon's caught-on-video punching of a woman at a restaurant in the summer of 2014. There is no denying Mixon's dynamic athletic talent, but with the NFL becoming increasingly conscious over image and domestic violence -- and with footage of the aforementioned assault being released last week -- Mixon's only real play may be to return to school for one more season to try to shore up his reputation.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 05:44:00 PM

Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports "general managers around the league have told those close to (Oklahoma junior RB Joe) Mixon he won’t get drafted" if he declares for the 2017 NFL Draft.

The report goes on to say that Mixon might not be signed as a free agent and could be overlooked by the NFL Combine, something the even put into place last year. Many view Mixon's only option is to return to Oklahoma for one more season in the hopes of changing his current reputation, which will be difficult. The incident occurred two years ago, and Mixon redshirted the season. We have seen others charged with assault make it in the NFL, but, like it or not, this has video footage attached to it. That matters in the eyes of the NFL. Again, this is just one report, and we will hear many more in the coming months.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 11:01:00 AM

The attorneys for Oklahoma redshirt sophomore RB Joe Mixon have released the 2014 tape of him striking a woman.

Earlier in December, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the video of Mixon punching a woman at a restaurant in the summer of 2014 was part of the public record. The tape has been released and can be found at the source link, though readers should be aware that it is graphic in nature. Mixon was suspended for the 2014 season due to his actions. In a released statement, the university said, "Sensitivity training in the area of violence has been intensified and best practices will continue to be implemented. Mr. Mixon has apologized for his actions and the university hopes that it is an indication that he has learned from his mistakes."
Source: newsok.com
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 08:36:00 PM

An AFC scout disagrees with those who compare Oklahoma senior WR Dede Westbrook to Will Fuller.

"I've heard other scouts compare him to Will Fuller, but that's just too much in my opinion," he said. "Fuller's football speed was off the charts. Fuller would get his separation on speed alone, but I think Westbrook is helped out a little bit by the offense Oklahoma runs. I like him, but I don't 'Will Fuller like him.'" Westbrook won the Biletnikoff Award and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting after finishing with 74 catches for 1,465 yards (19.8 yards per reception) and 16 touchdowns in the regular season. Westbrook doesn't have Fuller's speed (Fuller ran a 4.32 second forty at the NFL Scouting Combine last year), so he's more of a Day 2 prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 03:02:00 PM

Oklahoma junior CB Jordan Thomas is returning to school for the 2017 season.

ESPN's Todd McShay ranked Thomas as the No. 9 overall player in early October, so Thomas certainly has fans in the draft community. So far Baker Mayfield and offensive tackle Orlando Brown have also committed to returning for next season. Oklahoma returns three of four defensive backfield starters. Oklahoma faces Auburn in the school's bowl game.
Source: News OK
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 10:35:00 AM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops said that "everything [senior WR Dede Westbrook] has done here has been positive."

Stoops was responding to a Tulsa World report on Monday which revealed that Westbrook had twice been arrested on family violence complaints (2012, 2013). Both of those violence complaints came prior to his joining Oklahoma in 2014. Stoops defended his star wideout, even dropping a "has never missed a class" line before adding, "From what I understand and have seen, he has a great relationship with his children and the mother of his children. They’re raising them together and that has been nothing but great since I’ve known him."
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 04:40:00 PM


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