Monday, November 30, 2015

Volleyball: Marion Hazelwood Named All-Big 12 First Team

Middle blocker Marion Hazelwood was selected to the All-Big 12 First Team by the league’s volleyball coaches on Monday afternoon. A sophomore from Beach City, Texas, Hazelwood was a unanimous selection and the lone selection for the University of Oklahoma volleyball team and the first sophomore from OU to earn First Team honors in program history.

“Marion continues to make major improvements with her attacking and her blocking,” stated head coach Santiago Restrepo. “She hit for a very high hitting percentage this season and that’s a tribute to her hard work and dedication. We can’t wait to see her for a two more years of action and what she can bring to the table.”

Friday, November 27, 2015

Orlando Brown Knows He Needs Play More Disciplined

Oklahoma redshirt freshman left tackle Orlando Brown has made significant improvement throughout his first season of college action, but over the past few games, he's shown he still has some growing up to do.

Brown has been called for a personal foul penalty in each of OU's past two games, and last weekend against TCU, Brown was flagged three times.

“I have to play with more discipline and have more control over myself and just the way I handle situations,” Brown said after practice this week.

In an intense rivalry game with a lot on the line, Brown will try to keep his cool. Add in the fact that Boone Pickens Stadium is well-known for being a rowdy environment for opposing fans, and Brown might have a tall task in front of him. (The Oklahoman)

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Lincoln Riley Nominated for Nation's Top Assistant Award

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is nominated for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to college football's top assistant coach.

The award is named for Arkansas coaching icon Frank Broyles and is presented by the Little Rock Rotary club.

The award's five finalists will be named Monday, Nov. 30, and the winner will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Here are the nominees:

• Alabama – Kirby Smart, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
• Arkansas – Dan Enos, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• Arkansas State – Joe Cauthen, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
• Baylor – Kendal Briles, Offensive Coordinator
• Boston College – Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
• Bowling Green State – Sean Lewis, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• Central Michigan – Greg Colby, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
• Clemson – Brent Venables, Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
• Colorado State – Will Friend, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
• Florida – Geoff Collins, Defensive Coordinator
• Florida State – Charles Kelly, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
• Georgia Southern – Dell McGee, Running Backs
• Georgia State – Jesse Minter, Defensive Coordinator
• Houston – Todd Orlando, Defensive Coordinator
• Indiana – Greg Frey, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
• Iowa – Greg Davis, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
• Louisiana Tech – Tony Petersen, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• Marshall – Chuck Heater, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
• Memphis – Brad Cornelsen, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• Michigan – Tim Drevno, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
• Mississippi State – Brian Johnson, Quarterbacks
• Navy – Dale Pehrson, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
• NC State – Ryan Nielsen, Defensive Line
• North Carolina – Gene Chizik, Defensive Coordinator
• Ole Miss – Dan Werner, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• Oklahoma – Lincoln Riley, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• South Florida – Danny Hope, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Run Game
• Temple – Phil Snow, Defensive Coordinator
• Toledo – Jon Heacock, Defensive Coordinator
• UCLA – Noel Mazzone, Offensive Coordinator
• USC – Tee Martin, WR/Pass Game Coordinator
• Utah State – Dave Ungerer, Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs
• Washington State University – Alex Grinch, Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
• Wisconsin – Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Baker Mayfield a Finalist for Davey O'Brien National QB Award and Burlsworth Trophy

Baker Mayfield, a junior who began his career at Texas Tech as a walk-on before transferring to OU, also a walk-on, leads the country in pass efficiency rating (180.7) and yards per pass attempt (9.8), and ranks fourth in passing touchdowns per game (3.0), fifth in points responsible for per game (21.3) and seventh in completion percentage (68.7).

Mayfield has thrown for at least one touchdown in all 11 games and has passed for at least three scores in eight contests. He has already tied the school single-season record for most touchdown passes of at least 70 yards with four. He has 39 total touchdowns this year (33 passing) with only five turnovers.

Ty Darlington Named Wuerffel Trophy Finalist

Ty Darlington, a senior from Apopka, Fla., is joined by Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld and Kentucky punter Landon Foster as finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy.

The award, named after Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the University of Florida, is presented to the Football Bowl Subdivision player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Former OU center Gabe Ikard won the award in 2013.

Gymnastics: OU Men Ranked No. 1 in Preseason Poll

For the second consecutive season, the Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team landed the No. 1 spot in the College Gymnastics Association Preseason Coaches Poll.

Coming off their ninth national championship in program history, the Sooners received 373 points and 14 first place votes, double the amount they garnered last year. 2016 NCAA Championships host team Ohio State sits in second place with 340 points while 2015 NCAA Runner-Up Stanford comes in third with 337 points. Penn State and Michigan round out the top five with 303 and 302 points respectively.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Former Sooner Frank Alexander Suspended a Year W/O Pay For Drug Violation

After coming back from a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, former Sooner and current Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander said he had given up his marijuana habit.

Either he didn’t, or found a replacement, as the league announced he was suspended for at least a year for his third violation of the league’s drug program.

Baker Mayfield Progressing After Suffering Concussion -- Questionable for Bedlam

Oklahoma's usual Monday press conference did not come without Baker Mayfield news.

The junior quarterback's status for OU's season finale at Oklahoma State remains questionable. But Mayfield and coach Bob Stoops gave a promising update as to whether No. 6 will be ready for his first Bedlam matchup.

Big 12 Releases OU Football's 2016 Schedule

The Big 12 Conference revealed its 2016 schedule Tuesday, as approved by the league's directors of athletics, finalizing Oklahoma's 2016 regular season slate.

For the fifth consecutive year, each Big 12 team will face a nine-game round robin conference schedule. Following an open date on Sept. 24, Oklahoma begins Big 12 play with a trip to Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 1 to take on TCU. OU is 3-1 against the Horned Frogs since they joined the conference in 2012.

P.L. Lindley Presented with Don Key Award -- OU Football's Highest Honor

P.L. Lindley, a valuable reserve throughout his career and a part-time starter this season, was presented the Don Key Award at midfield before Saturday night’s kickoff. That’s the honor given the Sooner who best exemplifies Key, an All-Big 8 guard under Barry Switzer whose battle with cancer ended his football career prematurely.

Lindley has played linebacker primarily at OU. He started in place of the injured Devante Bond against Texas, Kansas State and Kansas this year.

MBB: OU's Buddy Hield Named Big 12 Player of the Week

University of Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week following his performances against Memphis and McNeese State. It marks Hield’s third career conference honor.

A 6-4, 214-pounder from the Bahamas, Hield averaged 27.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in an 84-78 win at Memphis on Tuesday and an 85-56 victory vs. McNeese State on Friday. He shot a combined 56.3 percent (18 of 32) from the field, including 60.0 percent (9 of 15) from 3-point range.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Zack Sanchez Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

Oklahoma junior cornerback Zack Sanchez was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season.

Sanchez intercepted two passes for the second time this year to help No. 7 OU hang on for a 30-29 win over No. 11 TCU. The 5-11, 179-pounder from Fort Worth, Texas, who also recorded four tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup, led a defensive effort that held the Horned Frogs to 390 yards (218 below their season average).

Saturday, November 21, 2015

TCU Will Start Foster Sawyer at QB Against Oklahoma

TCU star quarterback Trevone Boykin will not start and is unlikely to play Saturday against Oklahoma, Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson told ESPN's Holly Rowe.

Boykin injured his ankle last week during the Horned Frogs' 23-17 victory over Kansas and had been listed as questionable all week.

Friday, November 20, 2015

TCU Leading WR Josh Doctson Won't Play Against Oklahoma

TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson will miss the Horned Frogs' final two regular-season games with a wrist injury, coach Gary Patterson told reporters.

Doctson injured the wrist Nov. 7 at Oklahoma State. He tried to play through it Saturday against Kansas, but had only one reception. Doctson, a former walk-on, has been one of the top receivers in college football this season, with 79 catches for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Baker Mayfield Named National Player of the Week

Doing it with his arm and legs, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield helped the Sooners hand Baylor its first loss of the season.

For his efforts, Mayfield was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the 11th week of the college football season on Tuesday.

Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard Named Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist

Oklahoma senior wideout Sterling Shepard was named on Tuesday as one of 10 semifinalists for the 2015 Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the college football season's outstanding receiver, regardless of position (any player at any position who catches a legal forward pass is eligible).

Shepard’s sensational performance against No. 6 Baylor on Saturday helped the Sooners secure a 44-34 road win to snap the Bears’ 20-game home winning streak. Shepard hauled in 14 passes, just one shy of his own school record, and piled up 177 yards to go with a pair of touchdowns.

MBB: Buddy Hield Leads OU Past Memphis

The Oklahoma Sooners picked up a nice win at Memphis on Tuesday, clipping the Tigers 84-78 in a fun, up-tempo game.

It was one of those games where both teams came away looking impressive. The Sooners won a road game -- something they struggled with last season -- by fighting through adversity and figuring out an answer to Memphis' zone defense. The Tigers were simply better in every facet of basketball in comparison to last season. The guard play was improved, the shooting was better, and the athleticism/activity level was just stronger. If Josh Pastner's group plays with that kind of energy and gets that kind of floor spacing all season, it'll have a legitimate chance to

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Oklahoma Named National Team of the Week

Thanks to strong performances on both sides of the ball in a 44-34 win at previously unbeaten Baylor on Saturday, Oklahoma was named the AutoNation National Team of the Week on Monday, as chosen by the Football Writers Association of America.

After Baylor, which was ranked No. 4 in the AP poll, scored on its first possession to go up 6-0, OU answered with its own score to lead 7-6 and never trailed again. The Sooners led by as many as 14 (34-20), only to see the Bears trim the margin to three (37-34) in the fourth quarter. That's when OU quarterback Baker Mayfield executed the game's signature play, connecting with Dimitri Flowers on a 7-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal with 4:47 remaining to ice the victory for head coach Bob Stoops' squad.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Baker Mayfield Named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

Oklahoma junior quarterback Baker Mayfield earned his second Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award this season after leading the Sooners to a 44-34 road win over Baylor on Saturday, snapping the Bears' 20-game home winning streak.

Playing in the rain, Mayfield completed 24 of his 34 passes (70.6 percent) for 270 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 76 yards and another score to hand No. 4 Baylor its first loss of the season.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Report: Landry Jones to Start, Big Ben as Backup

Hobbled Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will back up Landry Jones when the Steelers host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Heinz Field, a team source told ESPN's Britt McHenry.

Roethlisberger, who had his left foot roll under him while being brought to the ground late in last weekend's win over the Oakland Raiders, had been listed by the team as questionable. He was expected to be in a walking boot all week but was out of the boot and "progressing ahead of schedule," a source told ESPN on Thursday. (ESPN)

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Austin Seibert Named Ray Guy Award Semifinalist

Oklahoma freshman Austin Seibert was one of 10 players named Friday as a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to college football's most outstanding punter.

Seibert, the only freshman among the 10 semifinalists, has punted 34 times this season for an average of 43.5 yards per kick, which ranks him second in the Big 12 Conference. Nine of his punts have gone at least 50 yards, 14 have been downed inside the 20-yard line and only two have resulted in touchbacks.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wrestling: Red Defeats White in Annual Scrimmage

The University of Oklahoma wrestling team held its annual Red/White Scrimmage Tuesday night inside McCasland Field House. The Red team defeated the White squad by a score of 24-18.

“We want to definitely improve on what we did last year at the NCAA tournament,” OU Head Coach Mark Cody said. “We’re trying to build this, and we’ve got a whole new philosophy. Our philosophy is to build it slow, build it strong, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re asking a lot out of these guys. We’re holding very high standards for them, and I think that we can really improve on what we did last year.”

QB Baker Mayfield Named Nominee For Burlsworth Trophy

Oklahoma junior quarterback Baker Mayfield was named Tuesday as one of 55 nominees for the 2015 Burlsworth Trophy, awarded by the Springdale (Ark.) Rotary Club to college football's most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on.

For the purposes of the award, a walk-on is defined as a player who began his first season of participation with an FBS program without financial aid of any kind from his university's athletic department.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Oklahoma Sooners Set Record for Graduation Success Rate

The University of Oklahoma set a record with its highest student-athlete Graduation Success Rate, according to information released Wednesday by the NCAA.

Oklahoma has achieved record improvement in its Graduation Success Rate in the last five years, jumping from 71 percent to 84 percent. Wednesday's NCAA report reflects a four-year average beginning with freshmen who enrolled in 2008-09.

Game Preview: Oklahoma vs. Iowa State

#14/13 OKLAHOMA (7-1, 4-1) VS. IOWA STATE (3-5, 2-3)

Page will be updated continuously up until kickoff

Date/ Location: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.. Norman, Oklahoma
Time: 6:00 pm/CT
Kickoff: 6:07 pm/CT
Network: ESPNU
Field - Stadium: Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
Capacity: (82,112)
Halftime: Shadow Works Air Assault Skydiving Team
Last Oklahoma Game: Won 62-7 at Kansas
Last Iowa State Game: Won 24-0 vs. Texas
Last Series Game: OU 59-14 (11/1/14 at Iowa State)
Team Uniforms: Crimson

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Adrian Peterson Hopes to Play 10 More Years In NFL

Former Oklahoma and current Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said on Wednesday that he hopes to play another decade in the NFL.

"If God’s willing, 10 more years," Peterson said, per Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. "If God’s willing, I’ll just be able to walk away from the game at the highest level whenever I decide."

Kenny Stills Breaks Teammates Nose in Practice

Former Oklahoma WR Kenny Stills elbowed Dolphins backup QB Matt Moore in the nose at practice last week, forcing Moore to undergo surgery.

“I’m kind of clumsy and I’ve fallen on my elbow a couple of times,” Stills said. “I knew immediately when I hit him by how bad my elbow hurt that something was wrong with his face. He was down on his knee, blood coming out of his nose. Everybody knew.”

Baker Mayfield Named Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist

After tabulating the results of the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee's ballots, as well as more than 2.5 million fan votes, Baker Mayfield was one of four Big 12 quarterbacks listed as a Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist. Joining him were TCU's Boykin, Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes and Baylor's Seth Russell. (Russell will not be eligible for the award. He was voted into the semifinalist group, but will miss the remainder of the season because of injury. Foundation guidelines allow for an injured player to be honored as a semifinalist and the quarterback with the next highest vote total also included.)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

FULL RANKINGS: Oklahoma 15th in Week One of CFB Playoff Ranking

Initial college football playoff rankings of 2015 (week one).

1. Clemson
2. LSU
3. Ohio State
4. Alabama (1 loss)
5. Norte Dame (1 loss)
6. Baylor
7. Michigan State 
8. TCU 
 9. Iowa 
10. Florida (1 loss)
11. Stanford (1 loss)
12. Utah (1 loss)
13. Memphis 
14. Oklahoma State 
15. Oklahoma
16. Florida State 
17. Michigan 
18. Mississippi 
19. Texas A&M 
20. Mississippi State
21. Northwestern 
22. Temple 
23. UCLA 
24. Toledo 
25. Houston

Bob Stoops: Alvarez, Sanchez Both Doubtful Against Iowa State

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday that starting left guard Jonathan Alvarez and cornerback Zack Sanchez are both doubtful for Saturday's game against Iowa State.

Alvarez was injured in last week's 62-7 win at Kansas. Stoops said after the game that he could have returned to action but coaches didn't want to risk it.

Ty Darlington Named Wuerffel Trophy Semifinalist

University of Oklahoma center Ty Darlington on Tuesday was announced as one of eight semifinalists for the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy, known as "College Football's Premier Award for Community Service" and given annually by the All-Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Darlington, who just last week was awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship for being named one of 12 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy (awarded to college football's best scholar-athlete), has made 21 career starts, graduated from OU in two-and-a-half years with a 3.91 GPA in Arts and Sciences Planned Program (Health Promotion emphasis) and is working on his master's in Adult and Higher Education (Intercollegiate Athletics Administration emphasis).

Monday, November 2, 2015

State Supreme Court Issues Stay In OU Stadium Lawsuit

The state Supreme Court has granted a stay in enforcement of a temporary injunction issued by a Cleveland County judge last week that threatened a halt in construction of an expansion of Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

The order issued by the high court on Friday means construction work can continue until an appeal process is completed in the case, which was filed by a Kansas steel manufacturer against OU, construction project manager Flintco Inc. and W&W Steel.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

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