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November 24, 2014

JUCO CB Commits to Oklahoma

Oklahoma picked up a commitment from junior college cornerback William Johnson on Sunday.

News of Johnson’s commitment was first reported by OUInsider.com.

Johnson, who plays at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., received a scholarship offer and committed Sunday, a day after he watched the Sooners beat Kansas 44-7 on Owen Field.

November 21, 2014

Adrian Peterson: 'I Won't Ever Use A Switch Again'

Former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson had expressed remorse for injuring his son and maintained he was disciplining him – with a "switch" from a tree – the way he was disciplined as a child. If Peterson meets the court's requirements, no conviction will go on his record. But Peterson, a father of six children by six women, knows he faces a lifelong challenge to prove he's not an absentee parent, not a child abuser, not any of the demons he's been portrayed as since the incident.

"I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson said. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."

In the more than 90-minute phone interview – Peterson's first extensive public remarks since his Sept. 11 indictment – he spoke with USA TODAY Sports on a wide variety of topics, including why he refused to attend a hearing with the NFL before Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him as well as his future with the Minnesota Vikings.

November 20, 2014

WR Derrick Woods Could See More Playing Time

Derrick Woods #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners makes a catch over Landon Collins #26 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Derrick Woods saw his first action since mid-September in Saturday’s game at Texas Tech.

Woods had been battling an ankle injury since the Tennessee game.

“Hopefully he can start doing some of the things he did special teams-wise especially,” Bob Stoops said. “He was great in that regard a year ago and we need him back doing some things that way.”

Sooners wide receivers coach Jay Norvell said there was also still a place for Woods on offense as well.

November 19, 2014

Sterling Shepard Semifinalist For Biletnikoff Award

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The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., the creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, announced Monday that University of Oklahoma junior wide receiver Sterling Shepard is one of 10 semifinalists for the 2014 Biletnikoff Award. The award recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football, regardless of position (any player at any position who catches a pass is eligible).

The Oklahoma City native currently ranks third in the Big 12 and 11th in the FBS, averaging 106.3 receiving yards per game this season. He owns five 100-yard games in 2014 and has registered two of the top five single-game receiving performance in Oklahoma history this year. He also tied a single-game school record with 15 receptions against Kansas State. He currently has 50 receptions for 957 yards (19.1 avg.) this season for the Sooners.

Semifinalists for the 2014 Biletnikoff Award are: (listed in alphabetical order)
Nelson AgholorUniversity of Southern CaliforniaJunior
Amari CooperUniversity of AlabamaSenior
Rashad GreeneFlorida State UniversitySenior
Rashard HigginsColorado State UniversitySophomore
Tyler LockettKansas State UniversitySenior
Vince MayleWashington State UniversitySenior
Sterling ShepardUniversity of OklahomaJunior
Nelson SpruceUniversity of ColoradoJunior
Jaelen StrongArizona State UniversityJunior
Kevin WhiteWest Virginia UniversitySenior


Fans may now help determine which three receivers will advance as finalists by voting as often as once daily at the Biletnikoff Award Fan Vote website. Fan voting for the three semifinalists will close on November 23.

The top three aggregate fan votes for receiver will each count as the equivalent of one national selection committee vote for each of those three receivers for finalists. Following the finalists' selection, the subsequent top single aggregate fan vote for receiver will count as the equivalent of one national selection committee vote in selecting the winner.

The three Finalists will be announced on Monday, November 24. The Biletnikoff Award winner will be announced live on ESPN's The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

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OU's Stoops, Shepard Share Disney Spirit Award

Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops and junior wide receiver Sterling Shepard will receive this year’s Disney Sports Spirit Award - an honor given annually by Disney Sports to college football’s most inspirational figure - at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 11 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Following the tragic death of former Sooners’ receiver and graduate assistant coach Derrick Shepard, Stoops selflessly became a father figure to Derrick Shepard’s six-year-old son Sterling Shepard and welcomed him into the Sooners’ family. In a remarkable twist of fate, that fatherless young boy grew into a superstar football player who, at the end of his high school career in suburban Oklahoma City, fittingly signed to play for the University of Oklahoma where he is among the top receivers in college football.

Sterling Shepard has inspired the college football world with his remarkable perseverance in overcoming the loss of his father while climbing his way to the top of college football.

“Derrick Shepard’s legacy lives on through his son, Sterling, who I’m privileged to coach,” said Stoops. “I’ve been blessed to watch Sterling grow into a talented young man who serves as a tremendous example for our entire team in all that he does.

Big 12 Conference Releases OU Football's 2015 Schedule

The Big 12 Conference has released its 2015 football schedule as approved by the league's directors of athletics. Oklahoma opens its 2015 schedule vs. Akron on Sept. 5 as the Sooners meet the Zips for the first time.

The Sooners travel to Southeastern Conference opponent Tennessee on Sept. 12. Oklahoma registered a 34-10 home victory over the Volunteers in 2014 and will make their inaugural appearance at venerable Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., in 2015.

Oklahoma resumes its in-state rivalry vs. Tulsa on Sept. 19. The Sooners have won 13 of their past 14 games with the Golden Hurricane, including a 52-7 win in 2014 that moved OU to 8-0 against Tulsa under head coach Bob Stoops.

November 18, 2014

Former Sooner Adrian Peterson Suspended Remainder of Season, Could Miss Games in 2016

The NFL has suspended former Oklahoma and current Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson without pay for the remainder of the season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, the league announced Tuesday.

The league said Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement until at least April 15.

Peterson may appeal the decision to league commissioner Roger Goodell within three business days. He will remain on the Exempt List and continue to be paid pending a decision.

The National Football League Players Association said it will appeal the decision and "demand that a neutral arbitrator oversee the appeal."

VIDEO: Bob Stoops Press Conference (Week 12)


Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops talks about the job opening in Florida, Samaje Perine's big game in Lubbock and Cody Thomas' progression.

Video via NewsOK

November 17, 2014

Samaje Perine Earns Big 12 Honors

Samaje Perine #32 of the Oklahoma Sooners carries the ball against the Texas Tech Red Raiderson November 15, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma won the game 42-30.
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The Big 12 Conference announced on Monday that Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine has been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in a 42-30 win at Texas Tech.

The Pflugerville, Texas, native rushed for 213 yards and scored three touchdowns in leading Oklahoma to victory. It marked the second time this season he has rushed for over 200 yards in a game. He won Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors earlier this year after a 242-yard, four-touchdown performance at West Virginia.

November 14, 2014

Report: Trevor Knight's Injury Diagnosed as Transient Quadriplegia

The Oklahoman is reporting, Trevor Knight suffered transient quadriplegia on the play. Knight’s condition was first reported by SoonerScoop.com.

The lingering effects of the injury will keep Knight out of at least Saturday’s game at Texas Tech but barring setbacks should be able to return soon.

Transient quadriplegia is a cervical spine injury typically caused by hyperextension of the neck. It causes burning sensations, numbness, tingling or loss of sensation on both sides of the body.