November 27, 2015

Orlando Brown Knows He Needs Play More Disciplined

Oklahoma redshirt freshman left tackle Orlando Brown has made significant improvement throughout his first season of college action, but over the past few games, he's shown he still has some growing up to do.

Brown has been called for a personal foul penalty in each of OU's past two games, and last weekend against TCU, Brown was flagged three times.

“I have to play with more discipline and have more control over myself and just the way I handle situations,” Brown said after practice this week.

In an intense rivalry game with a lot on the line, Brown will try to keep his cool. Add in the fact that Boone Pickens Stadium is well-known for being a rowdy environment for opposing fans, and Brown might have a tall task in front of him. (The Oklahoman)

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November 26, 2015

Lincoln Riley Nominated for Nation's Top Assistant Award

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is nominated for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to college football's top assistant coach.

The award is named for Arkansas coaching icon Frank Broyles and is presented by the Little Rock Rotary club.

The award's five finalists will be named Monday, Nov. 30, and the winner will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Here are the nominees:

• Alabama – Kirby Smart, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
• Arkansas – Dan Enos, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• Arkansas State – Joe Cauthen, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
• Baylor – Kendal Briles, Offensive Coordinator
• Boston College – Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
• Bowling Green State – Sean Lewis, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• Central Michigan – Greg Colby, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
• Clemson – Brent Venables, Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
• Colorado State – Will Friend, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
• Florida – Geoff Collins, Defensive Coordinator
• Florida State – Charles Kelly, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
• Georgia Southern – Dell McGee, Running Backs
• Georgia State – Jesse Minter, Defensive Coordinator
• Houston – Todd Orlando, Defensive Coordinator
• Indiana – Greg Frey, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
• Iowa – Greg Davis, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
• Louisiana Tech – Tony Petersen, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• Marshall – Chuck Heater, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
• Memphis – Brad Cornelsen, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• Michigan – Tim Drevno, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
• Mississippi State – Brian Johnson, Quarterbacks
• Navy – Dale Pehrson, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
• NC State – Ryan Nielsen, Defensive Line
• North Carolina – Gene Chizik, Defensive Coordinator
• Ole Miss – Dan Werner, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• Oklahoma – Lincoln Riley, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• South Florida – Danny Hope, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Run Game
• Temple – Phil Snow, Defensive Coordinator
• Toledo – Jon Heacock, Defensive Coordinator
• UCLA – Noel Mazzone, Offensive Coordinator
• USC – Tee Martin, WR/Pass Game Coordinator
• Utah State – Dave Ungerer, Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs
• Washington State University – Alex Grinch, Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
• Wisconsin – Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator

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November 25, 2015

Baker Mayfield a Finalist for Davey O'Brien National QB Award and Burlsworth Trophy

Baker Mayfield, a junior who began his career at Texas Tech as a walk-on before transferring to OU, also a walk-on, leads the country in pass efficiency rating (180.7) and yards per pass attempt (9.8), and ranks fourth in passing touchdowns per game (3.0), fifth in points responsible for per game (21.3) and seventh in completion percentage (68.7).

Mayfield has thrown for at least one touchdown in all 11 games and has passed for at least three scores in eight contests. He has already tied the school single-season record for most touchdown passes of at least 70 yards with four. He has 39 total touchdowns this year (33 passing) with only five turnovers.

Ty Darlington Named Wuerffel Trophy Finalist

Ty Darlington, a senior from Apopka, Fla., is joined by Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld and Kentucky punter Landon Foster as finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy.

The award, named after Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the University of Florida, is presented to the Football Bowl Subdivision player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Former OU center Gabe Ikard won the award in 2013.

Gymnastics: OU Men Ranked No. 1 in Preseason Poll

For the second consecutive season, the Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team landed the No. 1 spot in the College Gymnastics Association Preseason Coaches Poll.

Coming off their ninth national championship in program history, the Sooners received 373 points and 14 first place votes, double the amount they garnered last year. 2016 NCAA Championships host team Ohio State sits in second place with 340 points while 2015 NCAA Runner-Up Stanford comes in third with 337 points. Penn State and Michigan round out the top five with 303 and 302 points respectively.

November 24, 2015

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