February 23, 2009

OU Picks Up Third 2010 Commitment

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Thompson verbally commits to Oklahoma: ESPNU 150 Watch List lineman Tyrus Thompson has committed to sign a Class of 2010 scholarship offer with the Sooners, affiliate Web site OUInsider.com reports. Thompson previously told OUInsider.com that he would announce soon for either Oklahoma or Baylor. "They both have great academic programs and they both have great coaching staffs. It basically came down to who can get to the championship game and I want a shot at that ring so I just picked Oklahoma," Thompson said. (ESPN.com)

Q&A with Sooner QB Sam Bradford: The Oklahoman

OU gets commitment from offensive lineman Tyrus Thompson: The Oklahoman

Spring valuable for Bradford: Tulsa World

February 19, 2009

Sooners Lose Out on QB Prospect

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Wood verbally commits to Texas: Houston Second Baptist quarterback Connor Wood, the top quarterback prospect from the Lone Star State, has decided to orally commit to Texas over OU, according to Rivals. Earlier this month, Wood's high school coach told The Oklahoman that it was looking like Wood's decision was going to come down to the Red River rivals. Wood attended the junior days at both OU and Texas, though he also had offers from numerous other schools, including Alabama, LSU and Notre Dame. (The Oklahoman)

QB on OU wish list hooked by 'Horns: Tulsa World

Ex-OU linemen might hear bitter truth: Tulsa World

February 17, 2009

Bradford Accepts Davey O'Brien Award

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sam Bradford recognized as Davey O'Brien Award winner:
Oklahoma Quarterback Sam Bradford

Bradford prepares to improve in '09: Star-Telegram

Theismann, Oklahoma's Bradford on receiving end: Dallas Morning News

Bradford joins prominent club: The Oklahoman

Bradford no second thoughts on staying: The Oklahoman

Bradford and Stoops hit the Texas trail: Tulsa World

Am I crazy, or is this OU's first football-playing ghost?: Tulsa World

Bradford stockpiling success: Tulsa World

Bradford has no regrets: Norman Transcript

Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

February 16, 2009

Reynolds Could Return in May

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Reynolds: I'll get a good three or four months before the season starts: Ryan Reynolds' knee is good to go. So Reynolds told the Tulsa World in a telephone interview last week. The University of Oklahoma linebacker prepares for his senior year having endured his third knee injury -- and his second ACL repair. Reynolds recently got fitted for his new knee brace and began straight-ahead running last Monday. "Then it's just progressing for the next three months," he said. "After that, I'll be cleared for May, June, July and August. I'll get a good three or four months before the season starts."(More at Tulsa World)

According to OU's Jon Cooper, Bradford might stick around: The Oklahoman

Cooper not the center of attention: The Oklahoman

February 9, 2009

Madu to Play More at Slot

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU plans to use Mossis Madu at slot: Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said last week he anticipates using third-string running back Mossis Madu in the slot next season. "It'll be one of those cases where we'll have him ready to be," Stoops said. "To some degree, you could put him in the slot and move Ryan (Broyles) outside." But while Madu could play more in the slot, he won't be changing positions, even though he'll have to share carries behind DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown. (The Oklahoman)

Sooners looking to recruit touted QB Connor Wood: With quarterback Sam Bradford's future beyond 2009 an unknown and neither redshirt freshman Landry Jones or newcomer Drew Allen having any game experience, Bob Stoops said recruiting a quarterback in the 2010 class is a priority. "It's always a priority," he said. The Sooners currently appear to be in good with Connor Wood of Houston Second Baptist. According to Rivals.com, Wood lists Georgia, Missouri, LSU, Texas and Texas A&M among his favorites, along with OU, Stanford and TCU — the last three of which, the Web site reports, have offered scholarships. (Tulsa World)

OU pursues next Peterson: Tulsa World

Other players to watch in the 2010 class: The Oklahoman

February 6, 2009

OU Releases Spring Practice Schedule

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sooners begin spring practice March 3rd: The Sooners will begin spring practice March 3 and finish April 11 with OU's annual Red-White Spring Game. OU head coach Bob Stoops said he would announce at a later date which practices would be open to the public.

OU spring schedule
March 3: No pads
March 5: No pads
March 7
March 10
March 12: Scrimmage
March 25
March 27
March 28: Scrimmage
April 2
April 3
April 6
April 8
April 10: No pads
April 11: Red-White Spring Game

February 5, 2009

Walk-On Kicker Easley Could Earn Starting Job

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Walk-on kicker Easley likely to see playing time in '09: Bryce Easley will join the Sooners as a walk-on, but he's been promised a scholarship for 2010 and the chance to win the kicking job in 2009. Rules bar the OU coaches from talking about a recruit they haven't signed, but make no mistake, Easley excites the Sooners after a season in which the kicking game was a thorn in Bob Stoops' flesh. It is not crazy to think that Easley could be OU's man on both place-kicks and kickoffs come Sept. 5 against Brigham Young. (The Oklahoman)

Signing day review -- Oklahoma: Dallas Morning News

A big day in Dewar as Ronnell Lewis signs with OU: The Oklahoman

OU Roundup -- Lynn finds a good fit: The Oklahoman

Inside the 2009 OU Recruiting Class: The Oklahoman

Sooners' class lacks surprises: Tulsa World

New class fills needs: Norman Transcript

February 4, 2009

2009 OU Signing Day

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Pos Nat'l Rating Name School, Hometown
  1. OT Josh Aladenoye (North Mesquite HS)Mesquite, TX
  2. QB Drew Allen (Alamo Heights HS) San Antonio, TX
  3. MLB (****) Jaydan Bird (Conway Springs HS) Conway Springs, KS
  4. S (****) Kevin Brent (South Oak Cliff HS) Dallas, TX
  5. DE Jarrett Brown (Bowie HS) Arlington, TX
  6. DE (****) Justin Chaisson (Bishop Gorman HS) Las Vegas, NV
  7. OG Tyler Evans (Strafford HS) Strafford, MO
  8. DE Terry Franklin (Mansfield Legacy HS) Mansfield, TX
  9. S (****) Javon Harris (MacArthur HS) Lawton,OK
  10. CB Demontre Hurst (Lancaster HS) Lancaster, TX
  11. TE Gabe Ikard (Bishop Mcguinness HS) Oklahoma City, OK
  12. OG Tavaris Jeffries (Coahoma CC) Clarksdale, MS
  13. MLB Gus Jones (Wagoner HS) Wagoner, OK
  14. WR (****) Cameron Kenney(Garden City) Garden City, KS
  15. SLB Ronnell Lewis (Dewar HS) Dewar, OK
  16. CB (*****) Gabe Lynn (Jenks HS) Jenks, OK
  17. DT (*****) Jamarkus McFarland (Lufkin HS) Lufkin,TX
  18. RB Jonathon Miller (Naaman Forest HS) Garland, TX
  19. S Marshall Musil (Lacrosse HS) La Crosse, KS
  20. WR Jaz Reynolds (Eisenhower HS) Houston, TX
  21. CB (****) Marcus Trice (Mesquite HS) Mesquite, TX
  22. OT Jeff Vinson (Lackawanna) Scranton, PA
  23. LB (****) Tom Wort (New Braunfels HS) New Braunfels, TX
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Coach Bob Stoops on OU's Signing Day

"Exciting day and a good day for us here on signing day. We are announcing 22 new signees and one more just pending paperwork. It is just a formality, one other guy just finishing up and making sure things are the right way. We don't expect anything to go wrong in that area. So 22 right now and one pending with a little bit of paperwork yet to be completed.

"Speaking of those guys I really like the class and really feel like, as usual, we have a very diverse class where we have recruited all positions. We really filled some needs where we have had graduation, whether it be this year or we have some graduation that we are realizing this coming season. I really feel like our staff really worked hard and did an excellent job. Throughout the year, more and more players are making their decisions early. We had a good number of commitments early, even before the fall season began. Then we worked it through the fall and here through the winter months to really sign an excellent class.

"Again more than anything this is a class that addressed the needs for our football team and we are at the right number at this point with 23 signees. Sometimes people are signing 27-28 players to their class. We were able to hit the numbers right where we wanted to.

"In this class we have probably the biggest need graduating, five offensive linemen. We signed four, with two of them being junior college guys. Really all four guys are big talented guys that are the body types we are used to working with. We really feel they are going to help us and they are the style of players we are used to getting.

"Outside of that on offense, the 10 offensive players we signed include a quarterback in Drew Allen that again is our style of quarterback. We are really excited about Drew, who is here on campus already and again really fits our profile at quarterback. He is an excellent thrower, excellent athlete, a good size guy. We are excited to have him on campus.

"Then in the backfield with him we have Jonathan Miller, a running back. An exciting guy, really explosive, fast and has good speed. Another guy Marshall Musil, who is similar to Matt Clapp in that he is an excellent athlete and a rangy big guy that is a fullback slash H-back. So a very similar body to a Matt Clapp or a Brody Eldridge. A very versatile guy and again love the size, toughness and athletic ability of Marshall. He is a good running back and tough guy that could play linebacker, but we anticipate using him somewhere on the offensive side.

"Again we love guys like Matt Clapp and Brody Eldridge that we can use and move all over, whether they block, pass receive or are great special teams players. Marshall fits that profile. Another guy that is similar to that is Gabe Ikard. He is a tight end from Oklahoma City. Gabe is also an excellent athlete, an all-around athlete at his school that does a great job in everything that he participates in. He was a great leader on his team at tight-end.

"Then a couple of receivers, Jaz Reynolds and Cameron Kenney. A couple of guys with excellent speed, explosiveness, great hands and really good athletes. Again we really feel like they will help us at receiver.

"That is the ten offensive guys to address. The 12 defensive players currently, pending one. Again I felt that we met the needs. Our biggest needs initially were at linebacker, where we signed four guys, Ronnell Lewis, Tom Wort, Gus Jones and Jayden Bird. Three of them are here already and that is exciting because they get to go through the entire winter and go through spring. Not only did we go through the season thin at linebacker, we have four graduating seniors coming up this following year. So even though we signed four, for those recruits out there listening for next year, we are still going to be thin next year. That is with four leaving. All these guys are athletic players, they all have range and size. All of them have played really well at the schools they have been in.

"We also addressed strong needs at defensive back. We felt like we have been short in our numbers there and I really believe this group of players have some size. Guys like Kevin Brent and Javon Harris, who is already here working with us. Bigger and stronger guys and anticipate them to be in some safety positions. Then Demontre Hurst and Gabe Lynn, that are not here, but are very athletic and fast players. They are explosive, have good hands and are good athletes.

"Outside of that, up front we've got Jamarkus McFarland. A well talked about recruit, but again a guy that we are really excited about. I truly always believe that defense starts inside, with your players inside. Jamarkus comes in here with a similar style of play. He is very physical, has excellent feet and just a very tough and hard playing guy that is along the same molds as a Gerald McCoy, Tommie Harris and those type of guys that really anchor our defense from inside out. Jamarkus is a really talented player, a highly recruited player that we are awfully excited about.

"Along with him we have three guys that are very athletic. Jarrett Brown, Justin Chassion and Terry Franklin are all defensive ends that have excellent range, are very athletic and have good speed. They are good rushers on the outside. We feel that with those four guys up front we addressed our needs.

"Where everybody is from, we have five from Oklahoma, 11 from Texas, two from Kansas and then we have everything in there. We have Missouri, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada and three junior college players. It's a strong class and more than anything I feel like we really addressed our needs and am excited to get ready to work with these guys. I really believe they will continue to keep our future here at Oklahoma bright and on the championship path." (More at SoonerSports.com)

February 3, 2009

Marve Still Considering OU?

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Robert Marve still considering OU? The Miami Herald reported again Monday that former Miami QB Robert Marve -- or, at least his father, Eugene -- is still considering transferring to OU. Bob Stoops told the Tulsa World last week there's "no way" that will happen, but Eugene Marve says his son is still considering transferring to OU, OSU, Purdue and South Florida. (Tulsa World)

Safety Javon Harris may get playing time early in career at OU: The Oklahoman

Class of 2004 proves recruiting is game of chance: Dallas Morning News

Signing day could come with a warning label: Tulsa World

February 2, 2009

Sooners Gain & Lose Commitment

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Jarrett Brown verbally commits to OU: OU got a verbal commitment for 2009 from defensive end Jarrett Brown on Sunday, a 6-foot-4, 242-pound senior from Bowie HS in Arlington, Texas. Rivals.com reported later Sunday that linebacker Brandon Mahoney of Fossil Ridge HS in Keller, Texas, has decommitted from OU and verbally committed to Texas Tech. (Tulsa World)

Related: Oklahoma Football Recruiting

Bradford set to be mentor to newcomer: Tulsa World

Sooner football close to a full house: Tulsa World

OU recruit feeling the heat: The Oklahoman

It All Worked Out for Brown...: SoonersIllustrated

February 1, 2009

Six Sooners Invited to NFL Combine

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Six Sooners invited to NFL combine: Six seniors garnered invitations from the NFL to attend the 2009 Combine on February 18-24 -- Nic Harris, Lendy Holmes, Juaquin Iglesias, Manuel Johnson, Phil Loadholt and Duke Robinson.

More on the NFL Combine @ nfl.com/combine