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A proposed Big 12 rule change could restore the year of eligibility Oklahoma senior QB Baker Mayfield lost when he transferred from Texas Tech.

A Big 12 official told ESPN that the proposed rule change wouldn't dock walk-ons transferring within the conference a season of eligibility. Mayfield, of course, lost a season of eligibility after transferring from Texas Tech (where he walked on) following his freshman year. The conference will discuss the proposal next week at the Big 12's annual spring meetings. If it passes, Mayfield will be eligible in 2017. If it doesn't, he's entering his final season as a Sooner. Mayfield was the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and finished fourth in the Heisman voting in 2015 (3,700 yards with a 36/7 TD/INT ratio).
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 7:00 PM

Oklahoma senior WR Dede Westbrook was arrested on a complaint of criminal trespass on Monday.

Per an official at Milam County jail in Cameron, Texas, Westbrook was booked at 11:30 a.m. Monday morning and released later that day. At this juncture, no further details regarding the circumstances of the trespassing complaint are available. Oklahoma spokesman Mike Houck said, "We're aware of it and are addressing internally." Westbrook is Oklahoma's leading returning receiver, having caught 46 passes for 743 yards and four touchdowns for the 2015 campaign.
Source: newsok.com
May 25 - 12:10 PM

College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread ranked Oklahoma graduate WR Geno Lewis as the No. 9 impact transfer for 2016.

Is there a happier player in all the land than Lewis? Probably not. He transferred from Penn State's giant question mark of an offense (hang in there, Saquon Barkley) to Oklahoma's juggernaut for 2016. Goodbread writes that the 6-foot-1, 199-pounder "immediately becomes an additional weapon for QB Baker Mayfield." Last season, he caught just 17 passes for 196 yards. He impressed with 55 for 571 two years ago. He should be able to find playing time with the Sooners in short order.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 8:46 PM

Former Oklahoma star receiver Sterling Shepard believes senior WR Dede Westbrook will assume his old role in 2016.

"I think Dede Westbrook is going to fill in and take my spot," Shepard said. "He is going to be one of those playmakers that will be hard to stop. He has put on a little weight and is carrying it well and looked good at practice." Westbrook (46 catches, 743 yards and four touchdowns last year) shares some of Shepard's best traits, so this would make sense. Westbrook may be joined in the starting lineup by Penn State grad transfer Geno Lewis.
Source: 247 Sports
May 19 - 5:21 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Oklahoma No. 2.

Alabama is No. 1. PFF believes returning starter QB Baker Mayfield should have finished higher than fourth in last year's Heisman voting. If Mayfield plays as he did, the offense will be impossible to stop. "Defensively, Charles Walker anchors the defensive line while LB Jordan Evans and SS Steven Parker emerged as quality player last season," PFF wrote. "The Sooners’ chances may hinge on Mayfield, but the nation’s top-graded returning quarterback has shown that he is up to the task."
May 19 - 4:33 PM

ESPN's Brandon Chatmon views Oklahoma as one of the most overrated teams in the country.

Overrated, at least in the perception of the Sooners' ability to make the CFB Playoff. Chatmon is particularly concerned with the gauntlet faced by HC Bob Stoops and friends, writing that "a brutal early schedule could derail their playoff dreams." September sees Oklahoma playing both Houston and Ohio State, while October will throw early Big 12 tests at them in the form of TCU, Texas and Kansas State. "The talent on Oklahoma’s roster is capable of reaching the pinnacle of the college football mountain, but the schedule stands as a major roadblock in that quest," Chatmon concluded.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 3:13 PM

University of Oklahoma president David Boren said about 25 schools have contacted the Big 12 about joining.

Via ESPN.com's Jake Trotter, we found out on Tuesday that Memphis, Colorado State, Houston and Central Florida were lobbying for entrance. We've also heard Cincinnati, Boise State, BYU, South Florida and UConn, among others, linked to the conference. Of those teams, Memphis is flirting most aggressively. As ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach reported on Tuesday, school president David Rudd has pledged a $500 million investment in the athletic department if the Big 12 adds the Tigers.
May 12 - 10:44 PM

ESPN's Jake Trotter sees Oklahoma redshirt sophomore RB Joe Mixon as the most versatile Sooner.

Mixon isn't a starter, exactly, but "thanks to [his] versatility, most notably as a sure-handed receiver, the Sooners have found plenty of ways to still get him the ball, which is why Mixon finished 12th in the Big 12 last season in yards rushing and receiving, even with Perine remaining the primary back," Trotter wrote. The 6-foot-2, 211-pound Mixon caught 28 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. For reference's sake, that was 13 more catches than logged by Perine.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 5:29 PM

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that surveillance tape of Oklahoma redshirt sophomore RB Joe Mixon punching a woman is public record.

That ruling, which overrules District Judge Thad Balkman's February decision, allows the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters to go to trial to access the video. Mixon's punishment for the incident entailed a one-year deferred sentence, 100 hours of community service and a year-long suspension from the Sooner football team. The 6-foot-2, 211-pound Mixon rushed for 753 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
May 11 - 4:45 PM

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd was told by an Oklahoma source that the school was "within 30 minutes" of leaving the Big 12 for the Pac-10 in 2010.

Texas and Oklahoma nearly bolted the conference in both 2010 and 2011, with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott aiming in 2010 to add six Big 12 teams to form a Pac-16. In the end, the Big 12 Conference may have been saved by the Pac-10's refusal to allow Texas to bring its Longhorn Network along with it. Saved for now, that is. The core problems remains: Lower-tier Big 12 schools want to expand back to at least 12 teams, while the Sooners and Longhorns, who generate the most revenue and sustain the league merely by participating in it, don't want to spread the money pie any thinner.
Source: CBS Sports
May 10 - 6:05 PM

Oklahoma opened as a 7.5-point favorite at Houston in the opener.

One of the opening weekend's most attractive offerings. The host Cougars are seen as a possible top-15 team. This year, star QB Greg Ward Jr. is joined in the backfield by Texas transfer RB Duke Catalon. In the other corner stands Oklahoma, SI's early No. 1 team. The Sooners return spooky talent, including eight offensive starters who are now well versed in Lincoln Riley’s Air Raid offense.
Source: 247 Sports
May 9 - 11:32 PM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht ranked Oklahoma No. 1 in the outlet's post-spring top-25 power rankings.

The 2016 regular season is still months off, but you can reasonably expect Oklahoma to be ranked in the top-5 by most outlets come August. A huge reason for this, as Becht points out, is that the Sooners are returning eight offensive starters. Included in that octet, stud RB's Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine and gunslinger Baker Mayfield. Becht actually think the already scary offense could take a step up this season, writing that "Baker Mayfield and the Sooners’ attack could be even better in its second year running Lincoln Riley’s Air Raid offense, provided a young offensive line can come together."
May 9 - 1:12 PM

College Football 24/7 writer Chad Reuter wrote that the Panthers "will be thrilled" if fifth-round CB Zack Sanchez's ball skills carry over to the NFL.

As Reuter notes, Sanchez is about as ball-hawky as a prospect can be, having picked off 13 passes and broken up an additional 28 over the last three seasons with Oklahoma. "The knocks on him include a lack of size (5-foot-11, 185 pounds), but his instincts and cover skills will show up well in training camp," the analyst wrote. "He's no Josh Norman, but Sanchez has real promise if he can stay healthy."
Source: NFL.com
May 8 - 1:11 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco wrote that Oklahoma CB Zack Sanchez is "a perfect player for [the Panthers'] zone schemes."

The defending NFC champs might have earned themselves a steal in Sanchez when they selected him at No. 141 in the fifth round. Alas for the Panthers, Prisco was far, far less enthusiastic about the rest of their efforts in Chicago last week. He graded their class as a whole with a C- and referred to their first-round selection of Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler with pick No. 30 as "strange," with the analyst concluding that he "didn't like this draft at all."
Source: CBS Sports
May 5 - 9:23 PM

Browns signed Oklahoma LB Dominique Alexander.

Alexander (6'0/232) was a surprise early entrant following a solid-not-spectacular three-year stay at OU, spreading 16.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles across 35 starts. Alexander played inside linebacker for the Sooners, but lacks size to stay there in the pros and is likely too athletically deficient (4.76 forty, 8'8" broad jump) to play sideline to sideline outside. Alexander is a physical player whose tape is better than his metrics, but there's a good chance he maxes out on special teams.
May 2 - 10:25 PM


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