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.


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.


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.


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 Agholor University of Southern California Junior
Amari Cooper University of Alabama Senior
Rashad Greene Florida State University Senior
Rashard Higgins Colorado State University Sophomore
Tyler Lockett Kansas State University Senior
Vince Mayle Washington State University Senior
Sterling Shepard University of Oklahoma Junior
Nelson Spruce University of Colorado Junior
Jaelen Strong Arizona State University Junior
Kevin White West Virginia University Senior

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.


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."


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.


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.


Trevor Knight Out, Cody Thomas to Start Against Texas Tech

Backup quarterback Cody Thomas will make his first career start when Oklahoma travels Saturday afternoon to Texas Tech, Sooners coach Bob Stoops announced Thursday.

Sophomore Trevor Knight, who has started all nine games this season so far, sustained a neck injury early in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s 48-14 home loss to Baylor, and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.


Baseball: Breast Cancer Awareness Game

The University of Oklahoma baseball team hosts Trinity (TX) University for its Breast Cancer Awareness Game Friday, November 7 at 6:00 pm at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Admission to the game is free.

The Sooners, coming off a 29-29 season in 2014, take the field against a Tigers squad that went 33-10 and reached the NCAA Tournament after claiming the SCAC Championship.

Oklahoma head coach Pete Hughes began his head coaching career at Trinity in 1997, where he compiled a 52-30 record in two seasons before moving on to Boston College. Hughes’ replacement at Trinity was his assistant coach Tim Scannell, who enters his 17th season at the helm of the program this year. Since taking over, Scannell is 518-208.

Following its second annual ALS Halloween Game, the Sooners extend their 19 Ways community outreach initiative as they host their first Breast Cancer Awareness Game. The driving force behind the effort to raise breast cancer awareness comes from Scanell’s wife Christa, who was diagnosed with breast cancer within the last year.

OU Soccer Opens Big 12 Championship Play



The postseason is here, and the Oklahoma soccer team is back in the mix. The No. 6 seeded Sooners will open the 2014 Big 12 Soccer Championship on Wednesday evening, facing No. 3 Kansas under a week after the two teams last met. Oklahoma came away with a win in the match, snagging its fourth victory this season over a top-25 team with a 1-0 shutout win over the Jayhawks.

2. BACK ON TRACKOklahoma got back to its defensive roots in its win over Kansas. The victory snapped a four-match losing skid and marked the first win for OU since Oct. 5. The Sooners blanked an opponent for the seventh time this season, with goalkeeper Kaitlyn Fahrner picking up her fifth shutout victory of the year. OU’s seven shutout victories in 2014 are the third-most in a single season in program history and the most for the squad since 2010.

3. TOURNEY TIMEAfter narrowly missing postseason qualification last season, the Sooners are back in the action this weekend with a shot at the program’s first-ever Big 12 title. This weekend marks Oklahoma’s ninth conference tournament appearance all-time and its second under head coach Matt Potter. OU and Kansas have only met once previously in the postseason, with KU taking a 1-0 win in the 2003 Big 12 Soccer Championship.


Former Sooner Adrian Peterson Reaches Plea Deal, Avoids Jail Time

Former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson has reached a plea deal in his child-abuse case and is not expected to serve any jail time, a source confirmed to ESPN's Michele Steele.

Peterson will enter a plea Tuesday afternoon to a lesser charge than the felony child-abuse charge that he is currently facing, the source confirmed.

The Minnesota Vikings star, who has been on the commissioner's exempt list since being indicted in September, will enter a plea to one misdemeanor count of reckless assault, according to the source.


OU Baseball and Softball on Radio/TV

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Individual games are slated to be on the air in several different formats during the season. Schedules and formats are subject to change, so please consult your local listings and view the latest broadcast information released by the OU Athletics Communications Office.

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Several baseball and softball games will be broadcast over the Sooner Sports Radio Network. A majority of the games will only be available in the Norman/Oklahoma City area on KREF (1400 AM). Other affiliates (listed above) will carry select games. View the latest broadcast info prior to each game by viewing the releases posted by the OU Athletics Communications Office.