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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

Oklahoma signed HC Lincoln Riley to a five-year contract.

The deal, which starts in July, would keep Riley at Oklahoma through January 31, 2022, if he stays for the duration. His base salary is set at $3.1 million and includes a $200,000 raise for February 1 of each year on the contract and a retention bonus of $500,000 at the start of each June. Riley, who was named head coach when Bob Stoops retired on June 7, is already off to the races on the recruiting front, having netted three pledges since ascending to the top of the Sooners coaching ladder.
Jun 20 - 8:53 PM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 RB Tavien Thomas.

If there has been any negative fallout in terms of Bob Stoops' abrupt retirement, we have yet to see it on the recruiting front. Sooners HC Lincoln Riley has already flipped four-star DE Ron Tatum from Texas and now adds Thomas. He is up to three fresh commitments since taking over for Stoops. Thomas (6'2, 225 pounds) ranks as Scout.com's No. 256 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. The outlet notes that "[t]his is one of the top power runners in the Midwest," adding that Thomas "loves to run over people." He could stand to add a little more shake 'n' bake to his game over the next year-plus.
Jun 20 - 5:53 PM

Oklahoma indefinitely suspended junior S Will Sunderland for a misdemenor charge of concealing stolen property.

Sunderland only played 159 defensive snaps for the Sooners last season, but a larger role was potentially there heading into the 2017 season. The Sooners already lacked depth at the position, so a player like Will Johnson might shift from linebacker to safety in order to fill in the gaps.
Jun 20 - 11:02 AM

Oklahoma redshirt senior QB Baker Mayfield pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing.

Mayfield reached a plea bargain last week wherein he paid $480 in fines for the three charges (he also owes $483.20 in restitution) in exchange for prosecutors dropping a resisting arrest charge. Oklahoma announced last week that Mayfield must complete an alcohol-education course and complete 35 hours of community service before the fall semester as punishment for his arrest. The 2016 Heisman finalist will not face a suspension for the incident.
Source: ESPN
Jun 19 - 1:22 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior RB Marcelias Sutton scored a touchdown and gained 63 yards on 10 carries in the spring game.

"You watch him and he just runs angry," quarterback Baker Mayfield said. "And it's fun to watch because he doesn't quit until it's over, so he's always fighting for the extra yards." Sutton, a four-star JUCO transfer who collected 2,004 all-purpose yards over two seasons at Lackawanna College, enters the summer as a backup to Abdul Adams and Rodney Anderson. With Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon gone, the Sooners have plenty of carries to divvy around.
Jun 16 - 1:22 PM

Oklahoma redshirt senior QB Baker Mayfield must complete an alcohol education program and perform 35 hours of community service as punishment from the university following his February arrest.

Arrested on Feb. 25 in Fayetteville, Ark., Mayfield was charged with public intoxication, fleeing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Mayfield must complete the school's disciplinary requirements before the fall semester begins. From a college football perspective, the upshot to this news is that he won't be suspended. "As I stated earlier, I could not be more disappointed in my actions and the embarrassment they caused for my university and team," Mayfield said. "I am anxious to fulfill the responsibilities that have been set and am continuing to dedicate myself to the high standard that everyone rightfully expects from someone in my position." Mayfield threw for 3,965 yards and a 40/8 TD/INT ratio with a completion rate of nearly 71 percent last year. He's a Heisman frontrunner.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 1:35 PM

Oklahoma hired Virginia DL coach Ruffin McNeill to the same position.

This is a cool story about an apprentice-made-good who repaid his mentor. New OU HC Lincoln Riley and McNeill coached together at Texas Tech from 2007-09. When McNeill was hired as coach of East Carolina, he hired Riley as his offensive coordinator. Riley served in that function from 2010-14 before moving on to Norman. McNeill is set to share DL coaching duties with Calvin Thibodeaux.
Jun 14 - 4:05 PM

Texas four-star 2018 verbal DE commit Ron Tatum flipped to Oklahoma.

First big fish to land for freshly-minted Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley. And from a Big 12 rival who has been rolling on the recruiting front this cycle, at that. Rivals ranks Tatum as the No. 152 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. Outlet analyst Josh Helmholdt is sky-high on the 6-foot-5, 269-pounder ability to rush the passer at speed. One last note on OU's recruiting -- unlike Tom Herman, who struggled to gain momentum at the end of the 2017 cycle after being hired by the Longhorns, Riley has a full half-year to work with before December's signing period. That runway should prove helpful.
Jun 13 - 5:34 PM

NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks views Oklahoma redshirt senior QB Baker Mayfield as a "dynamic quick-rhythm passer with B-plus arm talent and polished passing skills" and compares him to Bills QB Tyrod Taylor.

"He is quick and decisive with the ball from the pocket, exhibiting a compact delivery and quick release," Brooks wrote. "The ball comes out 'hot' from his hands, but he also displays an outstanding feathery touch on soft tosses to his backs and receivers on the perimeter." Mayfield (listed at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds but almost assuredly smaller) threw for 3,965 yards and a 40/8 TD/INT ratio with a completion rate of nearly 71 percent last year. "Mayfield's combination of athleticism and passing prowess would make him a solid fit in a 'stretch-bootleg' system (Gary Kubiak's offensive system) that keeps passers on the move," Brooks wrote. As for the Taylor comp, Brooks wrote: "While [Mayfield] is not quite as explosive as the Bills' quarterback, he is an athletic playmaker with a set of skills that could make him an effective starter as a pro."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 12 - 3:54 PM

ESPN's Mitch Sherman named Oklahoma Ts redshirt junior Orlando Brown and redshirt sophomore Bobby Evans the best offensive tackle duo in college football.

Last year, Oklahoma ranked No. 1 nationally in QBR, No. 2 in yards per game, No. 3 in yards per pass attempt and No. 4 in third-down conversion rate. Brown is a potential Rd. 1 pick in the spring. Evans, meanwhile, is the son of former OU basketball player Bobby Joe Evans. The 6-foot-4, 316-pounder started the last 12 games last year. "Individually, they're both really good players," new OU coach Lincoln Riley said. "Orlando has gone from becoming a really good player to a dominant player. He's got one of the most elite mentalities of any player that I've coached. He's a dream offensive lineman with his competitiveness and his nasty streak, his attitude and the chip on his shoulder."
Source: ESPN
Jun 12 - 12:27 PM

Oklahoma junior WR Dahu Green has left the team.

Green, a three-star recruit for the 2015 cycle, appeared in nine games (including one start) last season. He caught three passes for 89 yards in that space. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder's decision to leave the Sooners is a bit of a surprise. Then-OC Lincoln Riley offered high praise for Green in early April practices, saying, "He’s easily one of the top five most talented guys on our team, just straight-up talented at their position, no question." Riley called his spring showing on the whole "impressive." It is not clear at this juncture what Green's future football plans might hold. Consider this a depth blow for the Sooners, who will be led in the receiving corp by Jeff Badet, Jeffery Mead, Jordan Smallwood and A.D. Miller, plus stud TE Mark Andrews.
Source: Tulsa World
Jun 9 - 4:26 PM

Former Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops said in a radio interview with 1300 AM The Zone, "It’s not my intention to coach again."

Stoops abruptly retired on Wednesday after spending 18 seasons as head coach of the Sooners. He is expected to move into a role as special assistant to AD Joe Castiglione. While he said in his interview that he had no current plans to coach again, he did at least somewhat keep the option open, saying, "We'll see what comes." When asked whether he would be interested in entering broadcasting, Stoops offered a "maybe."
Jun 9 - 4:13 PM


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