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Oklahoma redshirt sophomore LB Curtis Bolton will miss the season opener against Houston after suffering a strained patellar tendon.

Almost every linebacker who started for Oklahoma last season left for the NFL, so new blood will be relied on at the position this year. Bolton was a projected backup, but that likely meant playing time was in his future. We all know how impressive Houston's offense is.
Aug 25 - 10:47 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Baker Mayfield No. 7 among quarterbacks in the 2017 draft.

"He has the football intelligence, accuracy and mobility to develop into one of the better backups in the NFL, but his frame could prevent him from becoming a full-time starter," McShay wrote. "Although Mayfield shows above-average decision-making as a passer, he takes a lot of punishment trying to extend plays." The analyst gave Mayfield a "60" scouting grade, career backup territory. Mayfield threw for 3,700 yards and a 36/7 TD/INT ratio last fall.
Aug 23 - 6:46 PM

Oklahoma redshirt freshman RB Rodney Anderson will miss the 2016 season due to a neck injury.

"Rodney is a strong guy and will rebound from this just like he came back after missing most of last season," said HC Bob Stoops in a statement. "He was practicing exceptionally well and had positioned himself to have a role in this year’s offense." The 6-foot-1, 204-pounder has had a rough go of it with injuries in his young collegiate career. Last season, he suffered a season-ending broken leg in a mid-September win over Tennessee. Oklahoma should be fine at running back with Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, but this does thin their depth just a touch.
Aug 20 - 2:03 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein sees similarities in the games of Oklahoma junior RB Samaje Perine and Michael Turner.

"They have similar builds and rarely go down on first contact," he wrote. "They both have exceptional balance and excel in short-yardage situations." The 5-foot-11, 243-pound Perine converted 226 carries into 1,349 yards, 16 touchdowns and a 6.0 average last year, chipping in fifteen catches for 107 yards and another score. Perine is a bit underappreciated due to an obvious limitation, which Zierlein touched on. "He has decent play speed but he is a monotone runner, which means he doesn't show much acceleration or explosion," he wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 16 - 7:15 PM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops indicated that senior WR Dede Westbrook (unspecified injury) is close to returning to practice.

Westbrook was held out of practice for the week, but Stoops said that he doesn't believe his No. 1 wideout will be out much longer. He noted that the team is shooting for Westbrook to be back in action at some point next week. Last season, the then-junior caught 46 passes for 743 yards and a quartet of touchdowns. With Sterling Shepard off to ply his trade with the Giants, Westbrook makes for a fantasy bet in deeper formats.
Source: newsok.com
Aug 13 - 8:34 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby will hold video conferences regarding expansion with 17 teams.

McMurphy relays that the general lean at this time is that the conference won't expand to 14 teams. According to the Worldwide Leader's report, "The most likely scenario is that the Big 12 will stay at 10 teams or only add two schools for a 12-team league with two six-team divisions." Among the teams expected to make presentations to Bowlsby, Cincinnati, Houston, BYU, South Florida, UCF, UConn, Memphis, Colorado State, Boise State, Tulane, Temple, East Carolina, SMU, New Mexico and Northern Illinois.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 12 - 12:32 PM

Oklahoma junior Jordan Thomas will not be charged for a July incident and will be active in the season opener against Houston.

Thomas' punishment will be handled internally after his arrest on complaints of public intoxication. Again, the charges were dropped, but the incident as been a talking point for weeks since Thomas' is arguably one of the team's top corner. Houston is an offensive powerhouse thanks to Tom Herman and company, and many will view the game as a must win for Oklahoma in order to reach the College Football Playoff.
Source: Rivals
Aug 12 - 8:55 AM

Notre Dame suspended junior DE Grant Blakenship will transfer to Oklahoma.

Brian Kelly recently announced Blakenship was looking to transfer, and now we know his destination. The 6-foot-5, 278-pound faced suspension back in April due to not upholding the standards that were set within the program. He will likely have to sit out the 2016 season.
Aug 9 - 8:09 AM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops indicated that junior RB Samaje Perine has fully recovered from offseason ankle surgery.

Perine underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle following the team's Orange Bowl loss to Clemson. After an offseason of recovery, the 5-foot-11, 243-pounder appears to be back up to speed, at least if you listen to Bob Stoops, who said, "He looks better than ever, if that's possible." Perine rushed for 1,349 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. Now in his second season with OC Lincoln Riley, it wouldn't be a surprise if those numbers receive a slight boost due to an increased familiarity with Riley's offensive system.
Aug 7 - 1:24 PM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 QB Cameron Rising.

"I’ve always loved Oklahoma. When I went there [for an unofficial visit] it blew me away," Rising said. "I loved everything about it. The coaches are great. It’s one of the best programs in the country." The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Sooner-to-be spoke glowingly of OC Lincoln Riley as a key factor in his commitment, noting that Riley is "a great coach and a great person and you can't go wrong with that." Scout.com ranks him as their No. 48 overall prospect for 2018, while the newest edition of the ESPN Junior 300 slots him in at No. 128. During his sophomore season at Newbury Park High School (California) Rising threw for 3,213 yards with a 40/1 TD/INT ratio. Spicy.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 7 - 12:36 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton reports that no school being considered for Big 12 expansion has drawn the required eight votes to join the conference.

While Carlton relayed that the Big 12 has yet to truly settle on its expansion targets yet, he additionally noted that "[i]n-depth discussions and inevitable horse trading haven't really begun yet." He is also hearing that a football-only invite to the conference is unlikely, with a source telling him, "Nobody wants it." Last week, it was reported that BYU would consider joining the Big 12 on a football-only basis, but if Carlton's source is on-point, that might no longer be a realistic possibility.
Aug 4 - 12:16 PM

Sports Business Daily's John Ourand and Michael Smith report that ESPN and FOX have concerns about the Big 12's plans for expansion.

Per Ourand and Smith, "ESPN and Fox Sports believe that expansion with schools from outside the power five conferences will water down the Big 12 and make it less valuable, not more." Should the conference add two teams, ESPN and FOX Sports would be forced to pay an additional $40 in rights fees. That doubles if the conference adds four teams. "Both networks, according to sources, are digging their heels in against paying those kinds of increases based on expansion with schools outside the power five," write the Sports Business Daily pair. CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported late last week that the Big 12 would like to complete the expansion process by the start of the 2016 campaign, so we might hear more of this divide in the coming days.
Aug 1 - 12:37 PM

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reports that the Big 12 would like to wrap up the expansion process before the start of the season.

Dodd relays that according to three people with knowledge of the situation, "the Big 12 doesn't want expansion to overshadow the league's football season with a drawn-out process that would extend into the 2016 campaign." When CBS Sports reached out to conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby for comment, he declined to put a potential timetable to the proceedings. If Dodd's report proves accurate, pieces figure to rapidly start to fall into place over the coming weeks. Looking at the near future, AAC Media Days are set for Monday and Tuesday. With multiple rumored Big 12 targets residing in the AAC, it figures to be a fun few days for gossip. Probably less so for the assembled coaches and players.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 4:00 PM

In a poll of 23 Big 12 and SEC coaches, Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops was named the coach who his peers would most want a son to play for.

The assortment of coaches were asked which coach -- other than themselves -- they would want their son to play for. Stoops won out with five votes. Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio and Stanford HC David Shaw each received three endorsements on the question. Stoops was understandably touched by the high esteem in which he is held, saying, "That my peers, coaches, feel I treat kids the right way. I don’t know, hopefully a good role model and mentor to them and coach, as well. It means a great deal to me."
Source: Tulsa World
Jul 29 - 12:35 PM

The woman who was punched by Oklahoma redshirt sophomore RB Joe Mixon is now suing the football player.

"Amelia Molitor is suing Mixon for damages for negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, punitive damages and intentional infliction of emotional distress," according to News 9. The altercation was caught on surveillance video, and Mixon was suspended for the 2014 for his actions. We refer to this from a prior blurb for a depiction of the event after the video was shown to Oklahoma media members: "Neither (Amelia Rae) Molitor nor Mixon appear threatened based on their body language and Mixon appears to start to walk away before Molitor pushes him," beat writer Ryan Aber writes. "Mixon lunges at her with a closed fist by his side before Molitor slaps him near the top of his neck on his left side. That’s when Mixon delivers a right hook that knocks Molitor first into the table on her left ear and then to the floor where she laid motionless for several moments."
Source: News 9
Jul 26 - 10:17 AM


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