Former Sooner Ryan Broyles Cut by Lions

The Detroit Lions have released former Sooner wide receiver Ryan Broyles during the team's first wave of cuts after three injury-filled years with the franchise.

Broyles, who announced Monday on Twitter that he had been released, had been in a tight receiver battle with a multitude of players with the Lions, but he rarely received reps with the first team, including none during Detroit's third preseason game on Friday.

The Lions had taken Broyles in the second round of the 2012 draft out of Oklahoma, where he set the since-broken FBS record for career receptions with 349. The Lions took Broyles even though he tore his left ACL during his final season with the Sooners.

"It's just one of those deals, you make plays and you hope it works out for you," Broyles said during the early days of training camp about trying to make the roster. "Like last year, I don't want to go back to it, but you make plays in the preseason and you get rewarded. So hopefully it's the same thing this year." (ESPN)

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Oklahoma vs Akron Pay-Per-View Information

FOX Sports Oklahoma has announced that Oklahoma's season opener vs. Akron on Saturday, Sept. 5, will be made available via a pay-per-view broadcast.

The game is being televised on a pay-per-view basis because it was not selected for over-the-air broadcast or cable television coverage. It will be available on a dedicated pay-per-view channel on participating Oklahoma program providers, and nationwide via participating satellite and Telco distributors. Pricing will vary by distributor.

Ron Thulin, Dave Lapham and Chad McKee will call the game, with coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT with the "The SoonerSports.tv Pregame Show." Following the contest, "Sooner Sports Overtime" will have complete postgame analysis, along with live press conferences featuring OU coaches and players.

Viewers outside the state of Oklahoma (based on IP address) can purchase a live stream of the pay-per-view broadcast on SoonerSports.tv. The online pay-per-view price is $54.99, or can be paired with an annual subscription for a discounted rate of $99.99. This pay-per-view broadcast is not included in other SoonerSports.tv packages and must be purchased separately to access the Akron game. iPhone, iPad, and Android users will need to download the SoonerSports2Go app to view the live stream on their mobile device.

With the annual SoonerSports.tv package, subscribers will have exclusive access to various events throughout the season, including Sooner Sports Talk on Tuesday nights, pre- and post-game shows on Saturdays, plus other features and content you can't get anywhere else.

* Online pay-per-view NOT available in Oklahoma (based on IP address)
** This PPV is NOT included in regular monthly and annual SoonerSports.tv packages and must be purchased separately to access the Akron game
*** The SoonerSports2Go app is required to view the live stream on iPhone, iPad and Android

Listed below are program providers that will offer the telecast. Additional providers will be added to the list as they are confirmed. Cable TV subscribers must have digital cable to order the telecast. Customers can order the game from their set-top boxes or by calling their program provider.

City, State Program Provider PPV Channel
Arkansas Cox 502/503
Kansas Cox 502/503
Alva, Okla. Suddenlink 878
Chickasha, Okla. Suddenlink 878
Cushing, Okla. Suddenlink 980/981
Drumright, Okla. Suddenlink 980/981
Enid, Okla. Suddenlink 878
Grove, Okla. Suddenlink 878
Henryetta, Okla. Suddenlink 878
Lindsay, Okla. Suddenlink 878
Muskogee, Okla. Suddenlink 878
Oklahoma City, Okla. Cox 502/503
Pauls Valley, Okla. Suddenlink 878
Perry, Okla. Suddenlink 878
Seminole, Okla. Suddenlink 878
Stillwater, Okla. Suddenlink 980/981
Tulsa, Okla. Cox 502/503
Abilene, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
Amarillo, Texas Suddenlink 878/879
Andrews, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
Athens, Texas Suddenlink 878
Big Spring, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
Bryan, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
Clarksville, Texas Suddenlink 878
Conroe, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
Gainesville, Texas Suddenlink 878
Georgetown, Texas Suddenlink 878
Gladewater, Texas Suddenlink 878
Grand Saline, Texas Suddenlink 878
Gun Barrel, Texas Suddenlink 878
Henderson, Texas Suddenlink 878
Huntsville, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
Jacksonville, Texas Suddenlink 878
Kingwood, Texas Suddenlink 878
Lake Conroe, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
Lubbock, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
Lufkin, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
Midland, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
Mineola, Texas Suddenlink 878
Mineral Wells, Texas Suddenlink 878
Mt. Pleasant, Texas Suddenlink 878
Mt. Vernon, Texas Suddenlink 878
Nacogdoches, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
New Caney Suddenlink 878
Paris, Texas Suddenlink 878
Pflugerville, Texas Suddenlink 878
Pilot Point, Texas Suddenlink 878
Plainview, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
San Angelo, Texas Suddenlink 878/879
Snyder, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
Sulphur Springs, Texas Suddenlink 878
Sweetwater, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
Terrell, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
Tyler, Texas Suddenlink 878
Victoria, Texas Suddenlink 980/981
Whitesboro, Texas Suddenlink 878
Winnsboro, Texas Suddenlink 878

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OU Baseball: Sooners Reloaded With 22-Player Roster

University of Oklahoma head baseball coach Pete Hughes announced the arrival of a 22-player incoming class on Monday afternoon. Hughes’ first full class of commits to OU consists of 13 freshmen and nine junior college transfers. Among the class’ top recruits are three 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft selections and two Louisville Slugger All-Americans. In July, Perfect Game rated the class as the 10th ranked incoming class in the country.

“The 2015 class had to be pivotal in the growth of our program and the overall picture of our plan to return to Omaha,” stated Hughes. “It was really late to recruit a Big 12-worthy class at the time of my hire. We had to do a great job with the 2015 class since this is our signature class. It fulfilled all of our recruiting needs and goals in one class.”

The class is comprised of 12 pitchers, three catchers, three infielders and four outfielders. Eight student-athletes stayed home in Oklahoma to pursue their college baseball career, while six come to Norman from Texas and the remaining eight are from seven states stretching from New Jersey to California.

“This recruiting class really shows how powerful the OU brand is. It exemplifies our inside-out recruiting philosophy. We want to get the top kids in Oklahoma and then take advantage of the power of the OU brand. These kids are not just from Oklahoma; we got the Gatorade Player of the Year from Colorado and the only high school player drafted out of Minnesota. This class is our recruiting model. Collectively, they’re talented enough to replace everything we lost in our draft class.”

Right-handed pitcher Ryan Madden is the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year, one of two such honorees in the class. He was the highest drafted Sooner signee as the 1,037th overall pick in the 35th round by the Colorado Rockies. Right-hander Jake Irvin was also drafted by his home state organization as the 1,100th pick in the 37th round by the Minnesota Twins. Right-handers Chris Andritsos, of The Woodlands, Texas, and Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year Kyle Tyler, from Westmoore High School, who each went undrafted due to their intention to attend OU, earned Collegiate Baseball News Louisville Slugger All-America.

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“The depth of this class, pitching wise, is as talented as a class can get and we need to have that with what we lost. We knew that when we constructed the class. We knew we were going to have a lot of kids leave the program. We lost a super-populated draft class and knew what was going to exit so we needed to bring in guys that could replace all of the innings walking out the door. You’ve got to recruit talented kids and we did.”

Remaining pitchers from the high school ranks include; RHP Connor Berry, RHP Dylan Grove and RHP Austin Hansen. From the JuCo ranks, Oklahoma added RHP Alex Daniele, LHP Austin Kerns, RHP JB Olson, RHP Brayden Young and RHP Joey Zurawik.

Behind the dish, the Sooners welcome Domenic DeRenzo, Renae Martinez and Hunter Southerland. DeRenzo was drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the 1,193rd overall pick in the 40th round. Martinez started his career at UC Irvine before playing at El Camino-Compton. Southerland, an All-State Large West selection, is a local product out of Westmoore that adds a versatile option to the mix with the ability to play the outfield.

On the infield, Oklahoma picked up Jack Flansburg, from Cypress College, Texas All-State selection Cade Harris and Oklahoma All-State Large West selection Thomas Hughes, out of Norman North. Hughes, the oldest of coach Hughes’s five children, will also seek innings on the mound as part of the Sooner pitching staff.

Brought in to patrol the outfield are Oklahoma All-State Large West selection Blake Brewster, out of Moore, and Texas All-State pick Steele Walker along with juniors Ben Hollas and Reggie Wright. Hollas joins Oklahoma from Hill College, while Wright comes to Norman from Eastern Oklahoma State.

The 22 newcomers were brought on to replace 18 total losses, including 11 Major League Draft picks back in June. The 11 selections was the largest draft class in the country and tied for the most in program history. To the draft, the Sooners lost seven pitchers, including starters Adam Choplick and Robert Tasin along with back-end relievers Jacob Evans and Ralph Garza Jr. From the lineup, lead-off hitting center fielder Craig Aikin, three-hole hitting infielder Kolbey Carpenter and clean-up hitting catcher Anthony Hermelyn moved on to the professional ranks.

“That’s what happens at Oklahoma. You get drafted and, as a staff, you better be prepared to bring guys in to replace those players and that’s what we did.”

Fall ball gets underway September 1. Throughout the fall season, SoonerSports.com will go position-by-position with a deeper look at all 22 members of the incoming class.

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Trevor Knight Elected Team Captain Despite Losing Starting QB Job

Trevor Knight started five games for Oklahoma in 2013, and played in three others. Last season, Knight entered as the unquestioned starter after dethroning Alabama in the Sugar Bowl at the end of his freshman campaign. He also played in 10 games a year ago, starting in every game that he was healthy enough to compete in.

But in 2015, Knight will not be the starting quarterback for Oklahoma, at least not at first.

Junior Baker Mayfield was named starting quarterback by coach Bob Stoops on Monday afternoon, relegating Knight to clipboard-holding duties.

Knight didn't win the starting job, but he was elected by his fellow players to be a team captain for the second consecutive year. Even though he won't be leading them on the field, it seems he will still have a major role in leading the team everywhere else.

"Trevor is one of the biggest leaders on this team, regardless of the [quarterback] competition," offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Lincoln Riley said. "[The result] has no bearing on being a captain or not. If you would have asked Baker or any of them before this who was going to be elected captain, there was no doubt. Trevor's a huge part of this team and a huge part of this program." (Oklahoma Daily)

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Former Sooner Landry Jones Poised To Be Steelers Backup QB

Former Sooner Landry Jones looks like a quarterback ready to move into the No. 2 job behind Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers might think he is not ready to pass Bruce Gradkowski for that job, but they feel a whole lot better about him today than they had in his previous two years.

That is why they drafted him in the fourth round from Oklahoma in 2013, and this summer he has taken some big steps. It helped him that Gradkowski opened camp on the shelf after practicing little in the spring with a sore shoulder. That has provided Jones with more practice and playing time, and he picked up more Sunday when Gradkowski left the game late in the second quarter with a finger injury on his left hand in his first and brief appearance in the preseason.

Jones finished the game and rallied his team from 16-9 down to victory.

Stoops: Du'Vonta Lampkin Is On Campus, Will Receive Scholarship

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirmed Monday that freshman defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin is on campus and in the process of joining the football team.

“Good to have Du’Vonta here,” Stoops said.

Stoops said Lampkin didn’t practice Monday, as he still has to be medically cleared like every newcomer.

Lampkin, from Houston, committed to the Sooners as a high school junior in November 2013, but decommitted the following summer. He then committed to Texas, signing with the Longhorns last February.

Stoops said OU is working through Lampkin’s eligibility, but that he will be put on scholarship at OU. (The Oklahoman)

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It's Official: Baker Mayfield Named OU's Starting Quarterback

University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops announced Monday afternoon that junior Baker Mayfield will be the Sooners' starting quarterback for their season opener Sept. 5 against Akron.

Stoops also indicated that junior Trevor Knight will be Mayfield's backup and that sophomore Cody Thomas will be the team's No. 3 quarterback.

"It's been a very tight battle among those three guys," said Stoops, OU's all-time leader with 168 wins. "Baker, Trevor and Cody have all made substantial progress and I feel we can win with any of them."

Mayfield, a 6-1, 209-pounder sat out last season after transferring from Texas Tech. As a freshman walk-on in 2013, the Austin, Texas, product was named Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year and received freshman honorable mention All-America honors from College Football News after throwing for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games (seven starts).

Mayfield was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and earned multiple national-player-of-the-week honors after completing 43 of 60 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns (added another on the ground) in a season-opening win over SMU.

The Sooners' opener against Akron will kick off at 6 p.m. CT at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

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