August 31, 2010

Casey Walker to Wear a Cast

Starter Casey Walker to wear a cast in season opener: Defensive tackle Casey Walker, who broke a bone in his right hand above his ring finger during the last practice of two-a-days, will wear a protective padded cast Saturday. "It'll be like a real big club," Walker said. As a defensive lineman, Walker doesn't foresee the cast being much of a hindrance. (The Oklahoman)

August 30, 2010

Adrian Taylor Questionable for Season Opener

Taylor likely game-time decision in season-opener: Oklahoma defensive tackle Adrian Taylor said Monday that he likely won't know until Saturday whether he will play in the season-opening game against Utah State. Taylor, the Sooners' lone returning defensive tackle starter, suffered a dislocated ankle in the Sun Bowl victory over Stanford. He has been practicing the past month on a limited basis. "I would love to play this Saturday," Taylor said. "But it goes back to me being smart about my situation. "Everybody and their mom knows I want to help the team to the best of my ability. But it won't help the team if I'm not able to play because I get hurt this Saturday." Defensive line coach Jackie Shipp said if Taylor does not play, he will use a rotation of sophomores Casey Walker, Jamarkus McFarland and Stacy McGee, along with Flower Mound Marcus freshman Daniel Noble. (Star-Telegram)

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August 28, 2010

Wort to Knee Brace

Tom Wort plans to wear brace as precaution: OU middle linebacker Tom Wort is wearing a brace to protect the right knee he injured a little over a year ago. "Honestly, I was kind of worried at the start that it would be kind of restricting," he said, "but I've really not noticed it all since I've been wearing it. I'll wear it during the season, not because I feel like I need to, but just as a precaution." Ryan Reynolds, the middle linebacker Wort will be attempting to replace, wore braces to protect his own injured knees at OU. "I talked to Ryan about it. He said he hated it," Wort said. "But it's not been a problem for me at all." (Tulsa World)

August 24, 2010

Sooners to Conduct Open Tryouts at Kicker

Apparently Bob Stoops thinks Oklahoma faces major concerns at place-kicker. And Patrick O'Hara, Jimmy Stevens, Bryce Easley and Michael Hunnicutt are not the answers to his concerns. Coach Stoops announced, following a windy Tuesday practice, the Sooners will conduct open walk-on tryouts at kicker on Thursday.

Stoops, who fielded questions from media members following Tuesday’s practice, was asked how his kickers handled the wind.

Stoops said: “Not good”

Immediate following that statement, Stoops was asked if kicking was his No. 1 concern.

“Sure,” Stoops replied.

While, last week, it was announced kicker Matt Moreland was leaving the team due to “academic” issues.

Madu to Serve One-Game Suspension

Oklahoma running back Mossis Madu will be suspended for Oklahoma’s season opener against Utah State, following his July 24th arrest for driving under the influence, Bob Stoops said after Tuesday’s practice.

Madu, who is listed at No. 2 running back on Sooners’ depth chart, was arrested by University of Oklahoma campus police for suspicion of DUI and measured .19 BAC at the time of his arrest, according to court filings.

The Norman native, Madu, who’s entering his senior year, had only five rushing attempts for 17 yards in his junior year.

Sooners Name Team Captains

Three players will serve as team captains for Oklahoma in 2010 season, Bob Stoops announced Tuesday. QB Landry Jones, DE Jeremy Beal and LB Travis Lewis were picked as captains.

Beal, was among several who rotated as team captain last year, will enter his senior year. Jones, sophomore, will enter his first year as starting quarterback. Linebacker Travis Lewis, who has been tabbed for three major preseason watch list including Butkus and Nagurski awards, will be entering his junior season.

Last year, Sooners selected Sam Bradford, Gerald McCoy, Ryan Reynolds and Brody Eldridge as full-time team captains.

FSN Profiles Sam Bradford in 30-Minute Special

Former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford will be featured in a Fox Sports Network 30-minute special premiering 6:00 p.m. this evening on Fox Sports Oklahoma. "Spotlight: Sam Bradford,” produced by Fox Sports Midwest, examines the Rams' quarterback situation and looks back at the No. 1 pick's OU career, according to press release issued by the network.

Air dates for Spotlight: Sam Bradford on FOX Sports Oklahoma
(All times listed are Central. Schedule Subject to Change)
Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 29 at 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 2 at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 10:00 p.m.

August 18, 2010

Lewis Named to Butkus Watch List

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma junior linebacker Travis Lewis has been named to the watch list for the 2010 Dick Butkus Award released this week by The Butkus Foundation. The award is given annually to the nation's top linebacker and will be announced in early December on the campus of the award winner.

Lewis enters the 2010 season after leading the Sooners in tackles the past two years, accumulating 253 career tackles, the third-best total by a linebacker in the Stoops' era. The San Antonio, Texas, native is a two-time All-Big 12 first team member and has cracked the double-digit tackles mark in 11 games of his career.

Oklahoma linebackers have won the award on four occasions, twice under Bob Stoops as Teddy Lehman (2003) and Rocky Calmus (2001) each took home the honor.

The Butkus list is the third award to name Lewis to its watch list this season as he was previously named to the watch lists for the Nagurski and Bednarik Awards. (SoonerSports.com)

August 17, 2010

Broyles on Paul Hornung Award Watch List

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles has been named to the 2010 Paul Hornung watch list released by The Louisville Sports Commission. In its first year, the award will be presented to the most versatile player in college football. The list, comprised of 48 players, was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on 2009 statistics and expectations heading into the 2010 season.

The Sooners top returning receiver, Broyles set an Oklahoma record with 89 receptions in 2009 and tied the school mark with 15 receiving TDs. Broyles also ranked fourth nationally with a 15.87 punt return average. The MVP of the Sun Bowl with 13 receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns, Broyles finished the season with 1,120 receiving yards, third best in OU history.

The Hornung Award is the third award to name Broyles to its watch list in the past week as he was previously named to the watch lists for the Biletnikoff and Maxwell Awards. (SoonerSports.com)

August 11, 2010

Broyles Named to Biletnikoff Watch List

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles has been named to the 2010 Biletnikoff Award watch list released by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation. Given annually to the nation's top receiver, the 2010 Biletnikoff award winner will be announced Thursday, Dec. 9, at The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show.

The Sooners top returning receiver, Broyles set an Oklahoma record with 89 receptions in 2009 and tied the school mark with 15 receiving TDs. Broyles also ranked fourth nationally with a 15.87 punt return average. The MVP of the Sun Bowl with 13 receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns, Broyles finished the season with 1,120 receiving yards, third best in OU history.

The Biletnikoff Award is the second to name Broyles to its watch list this week as he joined teammates Landry Jones and DeMarco Murray on the Maxwell Award watch list on Monday.

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., (TQC Foundation), the creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award (presented annually to the nation's outstanding college football receiver), is an independent, charitable organization founded in 1994. A number of people established the award and many more have contributed to its development as one of the most prominent in college football. The idea of a college receiver's award was not a novel one, as a number of organizations throughout America considered establishing it. The trophy, presented to each winner, is the most beautiful individual award in college football - it has won several national awards for design excellence and aesthetic appeal. (SoonerSports.com)

August 10, 2010

Beal Named to Hendricks Watch List

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma's Jeremy Beal has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2010 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.

Beal, a senior, also was previously named to the Bednarik and Nagurski Watch Lists as one of the nation's top overall defensive players. The Carrollton, Texas, native was brilliant last season when he recorded 19 tackles for loss, including 11 quarterback sacks, the fourth-best sack total in OU history.

With 20.5 sacks in his career, he ranks No. 6 on the Sooners' all-time list.

Now in its ninth season, the Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football's first three-time first-team All-American. After an outstanding collegiate career at Miami, Hendricks' professional career spanned 15 years and 215 consecutive games. It included four Super Bowl victories, eight Pro Bowl selections and inductions into the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners are included in the Award's voting committee. (SoonerSports.com)

August 4, 2010

Landry Jones Earns Manning Award Recognition

NORMAN, Okla. -- One of the top freshmen in the nation last year after being thrown into the fire after an injury to Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 NFL Draft pick Sam Bradford, Oklahoma's Landry Jones is expected to show major improvement following his on-the-job training last year. Jones is the 23rd quarterback named to the Manning Award Preseason Watch List for this year.

The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, is releasing the Watch List one player per day through its official Facebook and Twitter pages. The award has honored the top quarterback in the nation for the past six years.

Jones expected to see mop-up duty only last year, with Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford manning the quarterback slot for the Sooners. However, a shoulder injury in the season-opener against BYU put Bradford on the bench and Jones in the lineup for the bulk of the season.

The redshirt freshman connected on 58 percent of his passes with 26 touchdowns and 3,198 yards - breaking Bradford's freshman record for the school. He registered eight games with 250 passing yards and six with multiple touchdown passes, capping his debut campaign with a Sooner bowl-record 418 passing yards in a 31-27 Sun Bowl win over Stanford.

Jones threw a school-record six touchdown passes against Tulsa and five more against Texas A&M.

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances. Ten finalists will be selected in late-November and the winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.

The preseason Watch List recognizes some of the top quarterbacks in the nation based on previous collegiate performance, however, every quarterback in the nation remains eligible for the honor. Additional quarterbacks may be added to the Watch List after the start of the season. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Monday, Nov. 29. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 19. (SoonerSports.com)

August 3, 2010

OU's Season Opener Against Utah St. to Kickoff at 6 PM

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma’s season-opening football game on Sept. 4, against Utah State has been set for a 6 p.m. (CT) kickoff. The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis by Fox Sports Net.

Details on the PPV purchasing procedure and broadcast will be released at a later date.

Utah State was tabbed for a fourth-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference’s 2010 preseason poll. Boise State, Nevada and Fresno State were picked ahead of USU.

OU currently has 799 victories and is trying to become just the eighth program in college football history to win 800 games. The school also has 68 consecutive sellouts, just one shy of tying the school record. (SoonerSports.com)

August 2, 2010

Quinton Carter Named to Thorpe Watch List

NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma safety Quinton Carter has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2010 Jim Thorpe Award. The honor is presented annually to the top defensive back in college football.

Carter, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev., led OU last season with four interceptions and also ranked No. 2 on the team with 88 tackles.

The 6-1, 193-pounder is also a nominee for the American Football Coaches' Association Good Works Team, which recognizes public service.

The Thorpe Award is named after one of history's greatest all-around athletes, a man who excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on offense, but also was an awesome defensive back. Recognized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame simply as "The Legend," Thorpe also played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.

The Jim Thorpe Award watch list is determined by analysis of the pre-season All-American teams listed in at least six pre-season college football annual magazines. Four points are awarded for first team, three points for second team, two points for third and one point for honorable mentions. This procedure determines approximately 30-40 players on the pre-season watch list. This list is not final and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses. (SoonerSports.com)