Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sooners, Southwest Airlines to Honor Mike Winchester in Flyover

The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department and Southwest Airlines® have announced that, weather conditions permitting, a special commercial airliner flyover will take place before Saturday's Bedlam game in Norman to honor a former OU football player whose life was cut short two weeks ago.

Mike Winchester, a punter for the Sooners who lettered from 1984 through 1986 and was a member of OU's 1985 national championship team, was killed Nov. 15 outside Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport, where he worked for Southwest Airlines for 29 years. A resident of Washington, Okla., he was 52.

Wrestling: Sooners Host Top Ranked Cowboys

The No. 16 Oklahoma wrestling team (1-1) will host No. 1 Oklahoma State (2-0) on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in McCasland Field House. The contest, which features five bouts between ranked wrestlers, is the first of two Bedlam matchups this season.

The Sooners are coming off a 25-14 win over Big 12-opponent North Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 18. Six Sooners won their individual bouts, including three bonus-point victories at 133 pounds, 141 pounds and heavyweight. The win marked the first for new OU head coach Lou Rosselli.

Baker Mayfield Named Manning Award Finalist

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, which honors the top quarterback in college football.

The award is the only quarterback award that takes the candidates' bowl performances into account in its balloting.

Mayfield ranks first nationally in passing efficiency rating at 194.7. The NCAA single-season record is 191.8.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Eli Manning Wants Sterling Shepard More Involved In Offense

Eli Manning didn’t throw any passes to Sterling Shepard on Sunday, but when he ran into the rookie receiver in the team’s facility on Tuesday he offered up something else.

An apology.

“I talked to him, I apologized for not getting him any catches,” Manning said. “We need to get him the ball, get him some catches. It’s just the way the day went on some things. But he’s done a good job all year and we have to do a good job of getting him involved in the offense.”

Lincoln Riley Reportedly Contacted By Oregon About Head Coaching Job

Oklahoma OC Lincoln Riley could be a target for the head coaching job at Oregon, according to a report.

After Oregon fired Mark Helfrich following a 4-8 season, Football Scoop reported the Ducks had reached out to representatives of the 33-year-old coordinator. Football Scoop reported Oregon officials had checked with representatives of Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck, as well.

Jordan Evans Back Practicing, Expected to Play in Bedlam

Bob Stoops raised some eyebrows Monday when he gave an update on OU linebacker Jordan Evans, saying he was “fairly confident” Evans will play Saturday against Oklahoma State, but leaving the door open for the alternative.

Tuesday, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops seemed to close that door.

“He practiced yesterday and today,” Mike Stoops said. “It was limited, but he practiced both days. We want to make sure we’re cautious with him. He’s played more football than anybody on our team, and he understands the game plan and what Oklahoma State’s all about, so we want to be sure we’re cautious with him and make sure we can get him on the field, but he’ll be ready to go.”

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Adrian Peterson 'Ahead of Schedule', Runs Sprints at Vikings Practice

Former Sooner Adrian Peterson has taken another step in his recovery from knee surgery.

The star running back, who had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in late September, was spotted running short sprints while his Vikings teammates practiced at Winter Park this morning. Head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman watched closely before the two walked inside toward the locker room.

Tuesday was not the first day Peterson had resumed running, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Asked when Peterson was healthy enough to start running again, Zimmer said “I don’t know, I’m not in charge of the rehab.

Jordan Evans Probable, Will Johnson Likely Out for Bedlam

Bob Stoops said linebacker Jordan Evans, who suffered a hamstring injury early in the second half against West Virginia and did not return, will probably be available on Saturday against Oklahoma State.

Evans did not practice last week and remains limited, but Stoops said he was expected to at least go through part of practice Monday.

“I'm fairly confident by the end of the week he'll be ready to play,” Stoops said.

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