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  04/29/21 - Spencer RattlerrFr/2024, Oklahoma, 6-0, 205 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  For the first time since 2017, an Oklahoma quarterback won't be selected in the NFL draft. It's unlikely that happens again next year. Several teams will bank on the likes of Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, Alabama's Mac Jones and Ohio State's Justin Fields to become their next franchise quarterback when the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. OU redshirt sophomore Spencer Rattler is poised to follow in their footsteps in 2022 if the former five-star recruit's second year as the Sooners' starting quarterback lives up to his lofty expectations. "I don't try to set a roof on what I can do as a player on the field," Rattler said. "...I want to be the most unstoppable quarterback, best quarterback in the country coming up to this year and put on a show and do it with my guys."

Rattler, of course, hasn't finalized any plans to enter next year's draft. He will be eligible for it, though, and that's enough for Rattler to start seeing his name floated as the first quarterback taken in 2022. If Rattler were to go No. 1 overall, he'd become OU coach Lincoln Riley's top pick in the draft since 2018, joining former Sooner quarterbacks and Heisman Trophy winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. He'd be the fourth OU quarterback taken during that span, which includes OU's 2019 starter, Jalen Hurts, going in the second round of last year's draft. - Norman Transcript


(DS#2 QB) rFr/2024 QB Spencer RattlerOklahoma
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  04/28/21 - Caleb KellyrSr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-2, 225 (DS#33 ILB) + More +

  Caleb Kelly can't escape the jokes. Just this spring, OU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch slipped one in. Standing in front of the room, Grinch ended a phrase with "even like eight years ago, Caleb Kelly." Even head coach Lincoln Riley recently got a shot in about Kelly's extended college career. "I'm used to it now because it's been going on for like two years now," Kelly said. "Now here on like my third senior year, 'Oh yeah, I'm the old guy. I get it.' "But it's funny when they joke about six years and it's actually my sixth year."

Kelly is a 23-year-old linebacker. This September will mark his sixth season with the Sooners. He's the last player from the Bob Stoops era. It's why Kelly was beaming after actually playing in Saturday's annual spring game - his first meaningful action in pads in front of fans for the first time since Dec. 28, 2019 in the Peach Bowl. "I thought about it this morning when I woke up," Kelly said. "First off, I woke up today. That's a blessing thinking about all the people that didn't. Then I go get to play football. "It's been so long." - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#33 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Caleb KellyOklahoma
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  04/25/21 - Spencer RattlerrFr/2024, Oklahoma, 6-0, 205 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Spencer Rattler has Heisman Trophy expectations and the Sooners have national title aspirations, so the quarterback's development has been one of the main storylines of spring. One of the main lessons Rattler says he learned during the 2020 OU football season? Eliminating mistakes. That was especially apparent during the Red River game. "I just knew I had to just step it up a little bit," he said. "I could flip a switch and lock into a mode where I feel like I'm in control now with my decisions on the field, my play, my energy, how guys around me are bringing their energy and this and that. Just being a leader, being a confident quarterback, you have to have that mindset." - Daily Oklahoman

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  04/24/21 - Andrew RaymFr/2024, Oklahoma, 6-3, 320 (DS#9 OG) + More +

  Early in spring practice, OU football coach Lincoln Riley went through the list of players getting work at center as the Sooners work to find a replacement for Creed Humphrey. Riley went through four names - Chris Murray, Ian McIver, Robert Congel and Nate Anderson. Andrew Raym wasn't among that group. But speaking Wednesday, three days before OU's Saturday spring game, which kicks off at 4 p.m. and will be televised on Bally Sports Oklahoma, Raym appears to be getting not only a hard look at the spot but might be in best position to start the season there. "I've worked myself into a center spot now and I'm taking those reps with the first team," Raym said. "I love center. I love being out there commanding the offense." Humphrey's departure leaves a significant hole to fill for Bill Bedenbaugh's group and finding that replacement has been at the top of the Sooners' offensive priority list through the spring. Raym, a Broken Arrow product, didn't see time at center in high school, making his debut at the position at the Under Armour All-America Game in January 2020. Last season, he worked exclusively at guard, seeing action at left guard in a reserve role and carving out a role on special teams as well as he played in 10 games as a freshman. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#9 OG) Fr/2024 OG Andrew RaymOklahoma
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  04/23/21 - Perrion WinfreyJr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-3, 297 (DS#8 DT) + More +

  A flurry of NFL draft declarations hit Oklahoma as it wrapped its 2020 season and followed it into the offseason. Perhaps Perrion Winfrey, the first-year Sooner defensive lineman, could have joined the likes of defensive end Ronnie Perkins and defensive backs Tre Brown and Tre Norwood in taking a crack at the pros. Winfrey, a second-team All-Big 12 selection, had a knack for getting in the backfield. He accumulated 19 tackles, six tackles for loss and three pass breakups in his debut OU season. He also blocked a field-goal attempt against Texas during the third of four overtime periods in the 2020 Red River Showdown.

Winfrey, a 6-foot-3 defensive tackle starter, decided it wasn't quite time to leave school. "Honestly, I didn't explore it all too much," Winfrey said. "I wanted to stay another year, and perfect my craft even more." The move ought to serve Winfrey well a year from now. His position coach, Calvin Thibodeaux, certainly sees a gifted player, who could benefit from more time to develop both physically and mentally. Winfrey, who was listed at 297 pounds last season, said he's focused on his weight and improving his flexibility, which he felt hindered his ability at times to finish plays in the backfield. - Norman Transcript


(DS#8 DT) Jr/2022 DT Perrion WinfreyOklahoma
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  04/22/21 - Mike WoodsJr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-0, 196 (DS#41 WR) + More +

  Arkansas receiver Mike Woods is entering the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate transfer. Woods, who played three seasons for the Razorbacks and had career highs in receiving yards and touchdown catches last season, made the announcement in a post to his Twitter account on Tuesday. Woods did not offer an explanation for his decision to transfer, which came three days after the Razorbacks concluded spring practice with the Red-White Game. Woods had two receptions for 40 yards during the scrimmage, including a 33-yard touchdown. Arkansas coach Sam Pittman has not commented on Woods' transfer. Woods was expected to be one of the Razorbacks' top playmakers in 2021. He caught 32 passes for a career-high 619 yards and 5 touchdowns last season, and was a deep-ball favorite of quarterback Feleipe Franks. - Northwest Arkansas Times

(DS#41 WR) Jr/2022 WR Mike WoodsOklahoma
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  04/20/21 - Spencer RattlerrFr/2024, Oklahoma, 6-0, 205 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Lincoln Riley expects more from Spencer Rattler in 2021. Much more. "The thing that he's got to continue to challenge himself to do mentally is you've got to be careful because if you do this you'll stop progressing," Riley said of his quarterback. "You can't say, 'Well, I've been a starting quarterback for a year, I know this system, my work ethic, my study habits, my focus in meetings, my attention to detail, like, I'm good. Like I got it.' "No, you don't got it. You never get it. It's a constant battle to get better. The starting point is way better and if he'll continue to work." The OU standard at quarterback is sky high.

That's what having a five-year run of Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts will do. Rattler was good last year - throwing for 3,031 yards and 28 touchdowns with seven interceptions - but more is expected of him in 2021. Last year, Rattler embraced those expectations and is doing it once again. "I don't try to set a roof on what I can do as a player on the field," Rattler said. "I'm not overstressing or another, I just go out there and play ball. "I want to be the most unstoppable quarterback, best quarterback in the country coming up this year and put on a show and do it with my guys." - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#2 QB) rFr/2024 QB Spencer RattlerOklahoma
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  04/19/21 - Mikey HendersonFr/2024, Oklahoma, 6-1, 245 (DS#1 FB) + More +

  One of the latest additions to Oklahoma's running backs room wasn't caught off guard when he was asked to change positions. Mikey Henderson, an OU sophomore, switched from h-back to running back this offseason and knew his role might not always be the same when the Sooners recruited him out of Ranchview High School in Irving, Texas. OU coach Lincoln Riley told Henderson, the hulking athlete that can make plays on the ground and through the air, he wouldn't be limited to one position. The versatility he brings to the Sooners' offense was too valuable not to use him at multiple spots. "He can do a lot of things for us," Riley said. "He played in the backfield a lot for us last year too, so in a lot of ways, what we're doing with him right now is just an extension of that." Riley first brought up the move to Henderson after OU's Cotton Bowl win over Florida. Henderson was coming off of his freshman season, where he rushed for 81 yards on nine carries and caught 12 passes for 168 yards. He scored two touchdowns as well. - Norman Transcript

(DS#1 FB) Fr/2024 FB Mikey HendersonOklahoma
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  04/16/21 - Jalen RedmondrSo/2023, Oklahoma, 6-2, 278 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Jalen Redmond didn't want to do it anymore. After opting out before last season, there came a time when the OU defensive lineman wanted to forget about his preseason decision and go back all-in with the Sooners. Watching the success that his roommate, Isaiah Thomas, had in Thomas' breakout 2020 season made coming back that much more appealing. "There was a point that I wanted to come back," Redmond said. "But I knew I had to do what I had to do." Redmond didn't want to give up a season of playing football, especially when two years earlier he didn't know if he'd ever be able to play the sport again.

But the health problems that kept him out for all but three games his freshman season in 2018 were what led him to the decision to sit out in 2020. "With COVID and everything that was going on - it's a respiratory thing and with my past history with blood clots and those things, me and my family just thought it was the best idea to sit out," Redmond said. "It was, shoot, one of the hardest decisions I had to make, especially coming off the year before. It was a hard decision but I had to do what was right for my health and my body." - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#999 DT) rSo/2023 DT Jalen RedmondOklahoma
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  04/11/21 - Eric GraySo/2023, Oklahoma, 5-09, 205 (DS#24 RB) + More +

  Eric Gray had little doubt about where he wanted to transfer following two seasons with Tennessee. The 5-foot-10 running back, who rushed for 772 yards and four touchdowns last season, realized a major opportunity awaited him at Oklahoma. "Just looking at the past, you see how great the offense is," Gray said. "I saw myself and how great I could fit into the offense just playing for a guy like Lincoln Riley and having a position coach like DeMarco Murray, someone who's played in the [NFL], who's been there before, it was just all-around amazing." Gray acted on his instinct, transferred to OU and is practicing with the team this spring. He's only had a couple of months to get acclimated with OU's running backs group, which must replace 2020 starter and NFL-bound running back Rhamondre Stevenson this coming season. Gray's transition has been smooth so far, according to Murray, who's entering his second year as OU's running backs coach. "The first word that comes to mind about Eric Gray is a pro," Murray said. "He's a true pro on and off the field. He's a guy that shows up early, stays late, extremely smart. The transition for him offensively, scheme-wise has been very, honestly, easy for him. And our offense is extremely complicated." - Norman Transcript

(DS#24 RB) So/2023 RB Eric GrayOklahoma
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  04/11/21 - Trejan BridgesSo/2023, Oklahoma, 6-1, 180 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Waking up early for practice finally excites OU receiver Trejan Bridges. He admitted that hasn't always been the case. His long road from receiving a suspension ahead of the 2019 Peach Bowl to being reinstated ahead of the 2020 Big 12 championship game has offered a new perspective to the rising junior. "It was an obstacle," said Bridges, who was suspended for failing a drug test. "I've had multiple obstacles that I have had to face. It was a long learning experience. I learned a lot through just watching and helping my team. It was like I had to take what I learned and take the negative and turn it into a positive." Former OU defensive end Ronnie Perkins and running back Rhamondre Stevenson were suspended for the same reason. The trio relied on each other, as well as the support of family and coaches, to get through the difficult time. The former five-star receiver has been relieved of the stress his situation presented and is looking to parlay the work he put in during his suspension, which spanned 10 games, into a breakout 2021 season. - Norman Transcript

(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Trejan BridgesOklahoma
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  04/09/21 - Caleb KellyrSr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-2, 225 (DS#33 ILB) + More +

  On the practice field Tuesday, OU sixth-year linebacker Caleb Kelly had a breakthrough. "Today was the first day where my body kind of caught up," Kelly said. "It's weird with the knee. Some practices you'll be fast and then some practices you will be really slow and you'll say, 'I was just good.' "There's a lot of up and down with it. When you are making a play, your angles have to change when one day you are fast, one day you are slower. It's hard to do that." Coming back from his second devastating knee injury in as many years, Kelly is hoping the fast days start to greatly outweigh the slow days. Sooners inside linebackers coach Brian Odom said Kelly's improvement this spring has been noticeable. "There's been a jump," Odom said. "He's more fluid. The things he's seeing, he's processing faster. The thing with it is it makes you excited for Caleb, not only because of his size and knowledge, also very excited for him as a person after all he's been through here at the university." Kelly certainly has been through quite a bit. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#33 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Caleb KellyOklahoma
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  04/03/21 - Kennedy BrooksrJr/2022, Oklahoma, 5-10, 214 (DS#8 RB) + More +

  Watching OU games mostly from his Texas home surrounded by family last season, Kennedy Brooks definitely felt the tug to be back on the field with the Sooners. "It was hard," Brooks said Wednesday in his first public comments since making the decision to opt out of the 2020 season. "I really wanted to go out there and actually play but I was just watching every game, cheering on my boys, and just hoping everything worked out well for them." Brooks said his decision to opt out stemmed from concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the situation heading into the season.

Brooks was joined by defensive lineman Jalen Redmond and offensive lineman Stacey Wilkins in opting out among Sooners. "It was really just for me and my family's sakes," Brooks said. "With COVID really high and everything, we chose the best just to sit out for my health because we didn't really know anything about COVID, all the uncertainties, all the everything." But spending Saturdays on the couch watching instead of on the field left him longing for more with the Sooners. "I really love the game," Brooks said. "I really love playing at OU. I just wanted to play with my boys one more time just to be able to come back and just see what I can do." Brooks has topped the 1,000-yard mark in each of his two seasons on the field for OU, rushing for 18 touchdowns in the 2018-19 seasons. - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#8 RB) rJr/2022 RB Kennedy BrooksOklahoma
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  03/28/21 - Marvin MimsFr/2024, Oklahoma, 5-11, 177 (DS#3 WR) + More +

  Marvin Mims enrolled at Oklahoma in time for its spring semester a year ago, angling to take advantage of OU's offseason programs. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic denied the 5-foot-11 receiver from Frisco, Texas, his opportunity to go through spring football practices, but his production as a true freshman never suggested he wasn't ready to provide to the Sooner offense. Mims' athleticism helped him thrive in his first year, but his ability to bring down tough catches made him one of OU quarterback Spencer Rattler's most reliable targets. "He made the ones he was supposed to make, then he made several that were competitive balls," OU coach Lincoln Riley said. "That's a lot of times what separates elite players. He was able to pick it up mentally and kept producing. We honestly probably should have played him a little bit more than we did."

Perhaps Mims could have built more trust had he went through a proper spring camp. Still, Mims didn't let the pandemic, which kept OU away from on-campus workouts from mid-March to early July, affect his preparation. "I was at a disadvantage, but so were the other guys coming in during the summer, because they missed so much time, too," Mims said. "Basically, I was just staying on myself, making myself get up every day, do the extra stuff I needed to do and from the playbook, it was all just memorization, just mental." - Norman Transcript


(DS#3 WR) Fr/2024 WR Marvin MimsOklahoma
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  03/27/21 - Marvin MimsFr/2024, Oklahoma, 5-11, 177 (DS#3 WR) + More +

  Oklahoma will host its annual spring game on April 24 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The program announced the intrasquad scrimmage will start at 4 p.m. and be televised on FOX Sports Oklahoma. While OU plans to return to full capacity for its upcoming football season, the stadium will remain at 25% capacity, which is the same seating maximum OU placed on its 2020 home games, for the Sooners' 2021 spring game. OU will open a presale period to season-ticket holders starting March 25 for Champions Society and premium seat holders, March 29 for Sooner Club members and March 31 for public season-ticket holders. - Norman Transcript

(DS#3 WR) Fr/2024 WR Marvin MimsOklahoma
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