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Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops seemed to indicate that redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham intends to return and play for the school in 2015.

"That isn’t something that’s been decided," Stoops said of DGB. "Right now it seems that he wants to do that and is heading that way and we want to support him in every possible way." Green-Beckham will be eligible to practice and attend classes all year despite his eligibility appeal being denied. We still think it is 50-50, at best, that DGB actually stays and plays for the Sooners in 2015. His talent is incredible.
Source: News OK
Aug 27 - 12:35 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks Oklahoma redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham as the No. 15 overall prospect.

"The character concerns which prompted Green-Beckham's transfer from Missouri will certainly require investigating but there is no denying his blend of size, acceleration and ball-skills," Rang wrote. "The skill-set is so rare, in fact, that DGB is likely to earn first round consideration in 2015 even though the NCAA ruled the junior ineligible to play this year." ESPN's Todd McShay calls DGB the draft's biggest boom-or-bust prospect. We probably won't know until January whether he'll bolt for the draft or return to play a season for the Sooners.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 26 - 7:06 PM

Oklahoma senior Blake Bell won the starting tight end job.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound former starting quarterback beat out Taylor McNamara in Monday's depth chart. "Blake, he's been really solid," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Monday. "He loves doing it. He's really a big a target, a comfortable target for Trevor or any quarterback when in the middle of the field. He's got great hands. The different lifting and training from a quarterback to a tight end has helped him get stronger and bigger, so the blocking has been solid, and I think that's something that as we go through the year that will improve the more he's on the field and the more opportunities he gets." Bell struggled with his accuracy as a signal-caller, but he also practiced a little bit at QB in camp and is being viewed as an emergency option if Trevor Knight gets injured. Stoops said "it never hurts to have an emergency plan." Currently, Cody Thomas is listed as the second-team quarterback.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 4:41 PM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham "could easily be the top-rated wide receiver prospect" based on talent alone, writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

According to the analyst, DGB is the draft's biggest boom-or-bust prospect. "He's still an unfinished product on the field and he has some serious red flags off the field," McShay wrote. "He was dismissed from the Missouri football program in April after allegedly forcing his way into an apartment and pushing a woman down stairs (he was not arrested and is not facing charges), after some previous run-ins with the law during his time there. What he brings as a player is an elite combination of height, bulk and straight-line speed; he possesses good separation skills, a massive catch radius with good body control and overall ball skills, and excellent big-play ability." McShay wrote this analysis before Green-Beckham's appeal for immediate eligibility was denied. We might not know until January whether DGB will bolt for the 2015 draft or return to play a season for the Sooners. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Green-Beckham as the No. 39 overall player in the 2015 class.
Aug 25 - 7:35 PM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham "has the ability to be a similar pro prospect as A.J. Green," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Green-Beckham's appeal for immediate eligibility was denied last week, so the ex-Missouri Tiger now must decide if he'll jump into the spring draft or return to play for the Sooners in 2015. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Green-Beckham as the No. 39 overall player in the 2015 class. "Factoring in the character concerns, it would be unfair to stamp him with a [first] round projection this early in the process," Brugler wrote. "Green-Beckham has until mid-January to make a final decision on whether he will be a part of the 2015 NFL Draft class, so stay tuned to this situation."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 24 - 9:21 PM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham's appeal for immediate eligibility has been denied.

The school released the news via twitter, adding it accepts the decision. Green-Beckham transferred from Missouri this offseason, following a recent off-field issue. The Sooner prospect applied for a waiver appeal from the NCAA almost two weeks ago, but with the recent denial, it's possible he could enter the 2015 draft. In fact, we expect him to leave Oklahoma without playing a down for the team. He will be allowed to practice with the Sooners all season.
Aug 22 - 8:38 PM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell is taking some snaps at QB again after backup Cody Thomas has missed time with an injury, according to beat writer Jason Kersey.

"...Thomas has been injured, which is why Bell has split second-team reps this week with true freshman Justice Hansen," Kersey reported. The last blurb under Bell's name reads "Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops reiterated that under no circumstances will senior TE Blake Bell be moved back to QB," so even though this might not be a permanent move, Bell is certainly taking some limited snaps at his former position. Bell has drawn praise at tight end throughout camp, however.
Source: News OK
Aug 22 - 8:48 AM

Texas Tech's hesitation to release transfer Baker Mayfield in a timely manner has left Oklahoma without an available scholarship to give the QB, according to beat writer Jason Kersey.

Texas Tech finally allowed Mayfield to seek a scholarship, but they are still withholding his eligibility to play immediately, a decision Mayfield is contesting. It is very late in the process for schools to have scholarships available, as many hand out the prizes to walk-ons following preseason camp. Mayfield walked on to Texas Tech last year and earned considerable playing time. "This was somewhat of an empty gesture by Texas Tech," Kersey tweeted.
Aug 22 - 8:42 AM

Oklahoma suspended freshman RB Joe Mixon for the 2014 season after he was charged with misdemeanor assault.

"As the university has demonstrated in the past, we are committed to winning the right way," Sooners athletic director Joe Castiglione and coach Bob Stoops said in a joint statement. "As an example to others, OU sets the highest possible standards for its student athletes, coaches and staff." Amelia Rae Molitor accused Mixon of breaking four bones in her face. Mixon's camp has claimed self-defense. Mixon was ranked as the No. 6 RB coming out of high school. His absence doesn't change Oklahoma's prognosis much, as Mixon was not assured of carries during his first year on campus.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 10:37 PM

Former Tulsa DT Dalton Rodriguez transferred to Oklahoma.

Back in March, Rodriguez was booted off the Golden Hurricanes for a violation of team rules. "I’m ready to put in the work and ready to get back on the field," Rodriguez said. "It was cool getting to play as a freshman and TU was all right, but I had my doubts about it from when I first got there." Interestingly, Rodriguez committed to OU in high school. He opted for Tulsa because they allowed him to play defense and stay closer to home. Rodriguez's position in Norman hasn't been determined yet. "They haven’t really said," Rodriguez said. "But whatever gets me out on the field quickest." He'll sit out a season and be eligible to play in 2015.
Aug 17 - 8:30 PM

Oklahoma freshman RB Joe Mixon was charged on Friday with misdemeanor assault.

The charge stems from an alleged incident in which Mixon allegedly punched a woman in the face. Oklahoma has not yet decided how to proceed with the elite recruit ranked as the No. 6 RB coming out of high school. "The University of Oklahoma understands that charges have now been filed against Joe Mixon based upon an investigation by local law enforcement agencies,'" athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. "Under its policies, the university must independently evaluate student conduct matters and will review the facts as part of its internal process. At an appropriate time, the university will determine Mixon's status." Amelia Rae Molitor said Mixon broke four bones in her face. Mixon's attorney replied that Mixon was protecting himself "from a very intoxicated and troubled young woman."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 17 - 1:04 PM

Oklahoma has officially applied for junior WR Dorial Green-Beckham's waiver appeal from the NCAA.

It is now up to the NCAA to grant or deny the appeal. Green-Beckham transferred from Missouri this offseason following a recent off-field issue. The Missouri program has wished him the best and Oklahoma is reportedly optimistic about the possibility of the NCAA granting approval. The decision could be the difference in DGB never playing a snap for the Sooners, as we think he would still enter the 2015 draft if declared ineligible. He will be able to practice with Oklahoma either way.
Aug 12 - 4:28 PM

Oklahoma DC Mike Stoops said freshman CB Jordan Thomas is right behind redshirt senior Julian Wilson at the position.

Thomas was ranked as a three-star safety by many scouting services, so his rapid emergence is surprising. This could be a tactic by Stoops to spark a fire underneath more veteran players at the position, including Cortez Johnson and and Zack Sanchez.
Aug 12 - 1:59 PM

Oklahoma has suspended redshirt junior LB Frank Shannon, the team's top tackler last year, for the 2014 season.

The announced was handed down from school president David Boren and stems from an internal Title IX investigation into an alleged sexual assault case. Federal law prevents Boren from discussing the case any further and an important note is that the school is still taking the necessary legal steps to enforce the ruling.
Aug 11 - 4:54 PM

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield has hired the same attorney that worked with Johnny Manziel in the hopes of gaining immediate eligibility following his transfer from Texas Tech.

The attorney, Jim Darnell, has experience dealing with the NCAA. Mayfield earned some playing experience during his sole season at Texas Tech, and it might be in his best interest to redshirt this season behind solidified Sooners starter Trevor Knight. Even if he does not earn eligibility, Mayfield will be allowed to practice with Oklahoma all season.
Source: News OK
Aug 7 - 8:51 AM


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