January 29, 2010

Jeffcoats Chooses UT Over OU

5-star prospect picks Texas over OU: The defensive end prospect from West High School in Plano, Texas, and the son of former Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills defensive end Jim Jeffcoat, chose Texas over Oklahoma and Houston Friday during an announcement ceremony from his high school gymnasium. At the start of the ceremony, with his father seated to his left and his mother to his right, Jeffcoat put on a burnt orange Texas hat, then took questions from the press. "I felt most comfortable at Texas," he said. "But I definitely felt comfortable at Houston, and I definitely felt comfortable at Oklahoma." (Tulsa World)

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January 27, 2010

5-Star Prospect Considering OU

5-star DE Jeffcoats considering OU, Texas and Houston: The nation's No. 2 prospect Jackson Jeffcoat (Plano, Texas/West) is down to three schools after dropping Arizona State from consideration. The 6-foot-4, 233-pound five-star defensive end will decide between Texas, Oklahoma and Houston in the coming days, but an announcement time has not been set as of Tuesday night.
Jeffcoat made his final official visit last weekend to Oklahoma, which was followed by an in-home visit by Sooners coaches Bob Stoops, Jackie Shipp, Brent Venables and Josh Heuple on Monday night. (ESPN.com)

January 25, 2010

Prospect De-Commits From OU

Texas' prospect Eddrick Loften opts for Tennessee: Eddrick Loften, a safety from Irving, Texas, who was once orally committed to Oklahoma, pledged to the Volunteers over the weekend. "I like (new Tennessee coach Derek) Dooley a lot," Loften told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "He's a cool guy … a real straightforward kind of guy. He wants to really change the program and turn it around, and he wants guys like me to help him do it. "I really liked what he was talking about." The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Loften committed to OU last February, but he decommitted in December as Loften and OU mutually parted ways. (The Oklahoman)

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January 21, 2010

Schools Considering OU Coaches?

Wilson in-consideration for ECU job: Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson had an interesting day Wednesday. In the morning, the Internet was ablaze that Wilson was virtually first in line for the head coaching vacancy at Louisiana Tech. By midday, word had gotten around that Tech was indeed planning on announcing its new coach. Early in the afternoon, Wilson replied to a text message query that it wasn't him. Then, Louisiana Tech hired Arizona assistant Sonny Dykes. Then, for Wilson, it started all over again with East Carolina. Wilson didn't respond to another inquiry Wednesday night about his apparent candidacy for the ECU post, but the Daily Reflector, a newspaper in Greenville, N.C., that covers East Carolina sports, identified Wilson as one of four prime candidates for the job from which Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill withdrew his name on Tuesday. A North Carolina television station also reported that Wilson would interview either Wednesday night or Thursday. (Tulsa World)

Heupel interviews for Minnesota job? Tulsa World is also reporting... A source also confirmed that OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel flew to St. Paul on Wednesday to interview for the offensive coordinator job at Minnesota. Heupel didn't reply to a text message. (Tulsa World)

4-Star Recruit Picks OU

Grissom picks OU over KU: Geneo Grissom's cellular phone was active on Wednesday, which is hardly a revelation. Translation: His cell phone is his life - or, more appropriately, his lifeline. But one text message stood out above the dozens of others. It featured four simple words that made Grissom smile. "Is this the Sooner?" The author was Blake Bell, who rejoiced in Grissom's Tuesday-night decision to attend the University of Oklahoma because it means he'll never again find himself in the defensive end's crosshairs. Bell, Grissom and Bishop Miege receiver Justin McCay are considered the three best high school football players in the state of Kansas. On Wednesday, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables flew into town to meet with Grissom and complete the Sooners' trifecta. (Hutchinson News)

January 19, 2010

Sooners Granted Eligibility For Draft

Bradford, Franks, Gresham and McCoy granted eligibility for NFL Draft: Four Oklahoma underclassmen have been granted special eligibility for the 2010 NFL Draft. The NFL released the names of 53 college players who meet the league's three-year eligibility rule and who have submitted written applications to renounce their remaining college eligibility. Among them are four Oklahoma players and none are surprises -- quarterback Sam Bradford, tight end Jermaine Gresham, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and defensive back Dominique Franks. (KTUL)

January 17, 2010

Former Sooner Arrested at Norman Bar

Dvoracek arrested early Saturday morning: Dusty Dvoracek, former OU Sooner and current defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears, was arrested Saturday morning at the bar Seven47, 747 Asp Ave., on Campus Corner. Dvoracek, 26, was charged with public intoxication, assault and battery and interfering with an official process, said Tiffany Wilkerson, detention specialist at the Cleveland County Detention Center. Wilkerson said Dvoracek was admitted to the jail at 1:40 a.m. and released at 1:45 a.m. (Norman Transcript)

January 16, 2010

Beal, Murray Opt to Return in 2010

Beal, Murray decide to return for senior season: Defensive end Jeremy Beal and running back DeMarco Murray each expressed prior to the 4 p.m. deadline that they were staying because they felt like they had more to do at OU. "Even though it was a good year, I've still got a lot of stuff to improve on becoming a better player," Beal told the Tulsa World in a telephone interview from his family home in Carrollton, Texas. "I look at it as a building block for another level I have to get to." Murray told ESPN, "I felt I wasn't done here. I still had some more things I wanted to get accomplished with my teammates and become a better player as well." (Tulsa World)

Stoops Begins Search for Wilson Replacement

Sooners begin search for Wilson replacement: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops will begin a search for a new assistant coach after defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator Chris Wilson accepted an offer Saturday to become the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Mississippi State University. "This is a good opportunity for Chris and we appreciate everything he did for our program," said Stoops. "I do not have a time table for hiring a new coach. There are a number of different avenues I can take and I will take all of them into consideration." Wilson’s replacement will inherit a group of defensive ends that returns two players with starting experience in two-time All-Big 12 defensive end Jeremy Beal and Frank Alexander. Beal led the Sooners in 2009 with 19 tackles for loss and 11 sacks while Alexander was fifth on the team with seven tackles for loss after starting the final four games of the season. Wilson spent the past five seasons coaching defensive ends at Oklahoma. The Sooners finished 2009 ranked eighth nationally against the run and also tied for sixth in sacks per game. The Oklahoma defense has finished in the top 10 nationally in rushing defense three times during Wilson’s five years on staff. "Chris has taught some of the best defensive lines in the Big 12 at Colorado and Oklahoma, and brings a knowledge of the OU defensive system that is one of the best in the nation," Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen said. (SoonerSports.com)

January 15, 2010

Wilson to Leave For Mississippi State?

Oklahoma assistant Chris Wilson likely leaving OU for Miss. State: Oklahoma defensive ends coach Chris Wilson says he anticipates taking a job as co-defensive coordinator at Mississippi State. According to the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, Wilson said he had been offered the job and would speak with his family and Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops about the opportunity before making a decision. (KTUL)

January 14, 2010

4-Star Recruit Down to OU, KU

4-Star recruit Geneo Grissom to choose between Oklahoma, Kansas: The highly sought after Hutchinson High senior defensive end has narrowed his choice to the University of Kansas or Oklahoma. Grissom, who gave a verbal commitment to the Jayhawks last June before re-evaluating his options in the wake of Mark Mangino's tumultuous resignation, will take an official visit to Lawrence this weekend, Hutchinson coach Randy Dreiling said Wednesday. Dreiling's football office at Hutch High has been a busy place. It has hosted numerous coaches from KU, OU and LSU in the recent weeks, including a pair of national championship-winning coaches in LSU's Les Miles and OU's Bob Stoops. (Hutchinson News)

4-star DE Grissmon down to OU, Kansas: The Oklahoman

January 13, 2010

Owens Transfer to Tulsa

Sooner WR Jameel Owens transfers to Tulsa: According to published reports, Oklahoma wide receiver Jameel Owens has enrolled at Tulsa, completing his transfer. Owens, who redshirted last season for the Sooners, wanted to closer wanted to be closer to his family in Muskogee.

Sooners Invited to NFL Combine

Five Sooners invited to NFL Combine: Five Oklahoma Sooners and four Oklahoma State Cowboys have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, according to Sporting News. Running back Chris Brown, tight end Brody Eldridge, tight end Jermaine Gresham, cornerback Brian Jackson and offensive tackle Trent Williams were invited from OU. The event takes place Feb. 24-March 2 in downtown Indianapolis. (Tulsa World)

January 11, 2010

Brown, Williams Selected to Senior Bowl

Chris Brown, Trent Williams selected to play in Senior Bowl: A pair of Sooner seniors will be representing the University of Oklahoma later this month in the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl. Offensive tackle Trent Williams and running back Chris Brown have both accepted invitations to the 2010 game, officials announced today. Kickoff for the January 30th event is scheduled for 3 p.m. (CT) and the game and all practices will be televised by the NFL Network. Oklahoma has supplied 97 players for the Senior Bowl since the game's inception in 1950. Williams was named a first team All-American by the AFCA, AP and Walter Camp Football Foundation in 2009. The 6-5, 318 pound left tackle was also a first team All-Big 12 selection and honorable mention Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year. He made 37 starts over his career and led the Sooners with 97 knockdowns his senior season. Brown was a Big 12 honorable mention selection by the league's coaches this season. The Alexandria, Louisiana native rushed for 749 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009 and added another 131 receiving yards and a score. He ranks fourth on the school's all-time list with 45 career touchdowns and 42 rushing touchdowns. Brown is also tenth in Oklahoma history with 2,877 rushing yards and fifth with 615 rushing attempts. Brown's biggest year came in 2008 when he became just the 20th player in school history to break 1,000 yards in a season (1,220). "Trent and Chris are both outstanding football players and we are excited to add them to our North roster," Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. "We are confident that they will both do a fine job of representing the University of Oklahoma." (SoonerSports PR)

January 10, 2010

Porter Receives Offer From OU

Carl Albert's Porter receives scholarship offer from OU: Carl Albert's Tre Porter, a Texas Tech commit, recently received an offer from OU. The offer, though, is different from the others Porter holds. The Sooners want to bring Porter in as a wide receiver. His other offers are to play in the secondary. "That definitely makes it tempting," Porter said. (The Oklahoman)

January 9, 2010

Way Named Freshman All-American

Oklahoma punter Tress Way named Freshman All-American: Oklahoma punter Tress Way has been named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. The team is sponsored by AON Insurance. Way punted 61 times for an average of 45.7 yards, which ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference and No. 3 nationally. It was the second-best punting average in school history, first among punters with at least 35 attempts. Only 17 of Way’s punts were returned, and those returns netted just 30 yards. OU ranked No. 2 nationally in punt return defense. The Tulsa native unleashed 22 kicks of at least 50 yards and had 17 downed inside the 20. (SoonerSports PR)

January 8, 2010

Texas Recruit Picks OU

Humphrey: Oklahoma just felt right: Parish Episcopal's Eric Humphrey had a busy month ahead of him. With scheduled recruiting visits to Arkansas, Baylor, Wake Forest and Southern California in January, the defensive tackle was on track to be courted and wooed like a superstar for the next four weeks. Change of plans though. Humphrey sat down with his parents on Wednesday, made a pro-con list of playing at Oklahoma and decided the Sooners were the best fit. So it's official -- Humphrey has committed to play football at Oklahoma. "Oklahoma just felt right," he said. "I felt at home." Humphrey insisted Oklahoma's coaches, including defensive line coach Jackie Shipp, didn’t pressure him to make a decision or change his upcoming plans. (Dallas Morning News)

January 5, 2010

Franks to Enter NFL Draft

Oklahoma's Dominique Franks to enter 2010 NFL Draft: Oklahoma junior cornerback Dominique Franks announced Tuesday he will enter the upcoming NFL Draft. Franks, at 6-foot-1 and 196 pounds, had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and 47 tackles for the Sooners while earning All-Big 12 honors for the second season in a row. "We wish Dom all the best and I hope at some point that he'll also be back to complete his degree," OU coach Bob Stoops said in a news release. (The Oklahoman)

January 4, 2010

January 3, 2010

White Picks Longhorns Over Sooners

Five-Star recruit picks Texas over OU: A five-star wide receiver recruit has chosen Texas over both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Darius White, ranked by many services as the top wide receiver recruit in the nation, announced his decision during today's Under Armour High School All-America Game. Also in the running for White's services were LSU and Florida. (KTUL)

January 2, 2010

Granger Impresses In Return

Granger returns after back surgery: Defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger, who missed the regular season after undergoing back surgery, volunteered to play some goal-line defense during OU's bowl practices. Then Taylor got hurt and he wound up joining McCoy, Jamarkus McFarland and Cordero Moore in the Sooners' multiple-tackle formations. "To see him out there throwing all of that juice around," Venables said, "I can't say enough of how proud I am." (Tulsa World)

Landry Jones looks like OU's quarterback of future in Sun Bowl: The Oklahoman

Oklahoma 31, Stanford 27: Thoughts and observations - The Oklahoman

Sooners feel good about season: The Norman Transcript

Tramel: Leach, Mangino show coaches walk fine line: Standard-Examiner

A loss in the air for Stanford: San Jose Mercury News

January 1, 2010

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