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  07/13/20 - Ronnie PerkinsJr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-3, 251 (DS#10 DE) + More +

  Oklahoma defensive end Ronnie Perkins enters the 2020 season as a contender for the Bednarik Award. The honor, annually given to the nation's best defensive player, released its preseason watch list on Monday. Perkins was one of 90 names recognized by the award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club. Perkins has developed into a reliable pass-rusher for the Sooners over the past two seasons. He had 13.5 tackles for loss and six sacks last season and earned All-Big 12 second-team honors as a result. - Norman Transcript

(DS#10 DE) Jr/2022 DE Ronnie PerkinsOklahoma
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  06/28/20 - Charleston RamborJr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-0, 180 (DS#12 WR) + More +

  Charleston Rambo's breakout 2019 campaign (743 receiving yards, five receiving touchdowns, 17.3 yards per catch) went under the radar because of CeeDee Lamb, OU's lone All-America selection last season. Lamb is now a Dallas Cowboy, opening the door for Rambo to be the Sooners' top pass-catcher and making that jump has generally worked out over the last five years. When star OU receiver Sterling Shepard left Norman following the 2015 season, Dede Westbrook became "the guy" in 2016. After Westbrook departed for the pros, Marquise Brown became the Sooners' top target for two years. Then, following Brown's matriculation to the NFL, Lamb asserted himself as OU's No. 1 receiver. In terms of other experienced receivers, there's little to get in Rambo's way of that being the case for himself this upcoming year. - Norman Transcript

(DS#12 WR) rJr/2022 WR Charleston RamboOklahoma
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  06/13/20 - Dimitri FlowersSr/2018, Oklahoma, 6-2, 248 (DS#2 FB) + More +

  Dimitri Flowers views the anti-racism movement taking place as impressive and encouraging, though his tone quiets when asked about it. There's an understanding that people died before action was spurred. He is still optimistic about what he sees now. "Instead of seeing it all over social media - this happened, that happened - things have finally started to develop," he said. But the former Oklahoma fullback also has watched the past few weeks unfold through a different lens. He had been set on going to law school after one season in the XFL with Bob Stoops and the Dallas Renegades. The pandemic just accelerated his timeline.

When the XFL shut down, Flowers studied for the LSAT, passed it and was accepted to OU's law school - all while widespread discussion took place about injustices against black people in America. "I think I'm entering at a perfect time to come out, really make a difference and advocate," Flowers said. "At the end of the day, I really want to fight that good vs. evil fight. That's what I wholeheartedly believe it comes down to in a lot of issues in the world, it's good vs. evil. And I want to advocate for good, I want to do good, I want to be good and I want to help beat evil." - Norman Transcript


(DS#2 FB) Sr/2018 FB Dimitri FlowersOklahoma
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  06/11/20 - Creed HumphreyrJr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-4, 316 (DS#1 C) + More +

  Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey was named to the Walter Camp preseason All-America first team, which was released Thursday. The redshirt junior is OU's most seasoned offensive lineman, and spurned this year's NFL Draft to return for another season. He has started 26 of 28 career games, which includes all 14 in 2019-20. He is expected to be on a number of preseason lists as college football approaches. Humphrey was a Rimington Trophy (nation's best center) finalist last year and first-team All-Big 12 selection. League coaches and reporters named him Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year after he recorded 93 knockdowns and no sacks in 799 snaps. - Norman Transcript

(DS#1 C) rJr/2022 C Creed HumphreyOklahoma
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  05/27/20 - Kennedy BrooksrJr/2022, Oklahoma, 5-10, 216 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Oklahoma football players will return to campus for offseason workouts July 1, using facilities sanitized by fogging and spraying applications, wearing workout clothes disinfected with special detergents, and with the availability of a quarantine area in case they test positive for the coronavirus. Those are some of the protocols OU announced Tuesday in a detailed outline that accompanies reopening of its athletic facilities. Football players will return first, in a phased approach that will allow other athletes back at a later date. Before athletes join workouts initially, they will be tested for COVID-19 test during an assessment. Daily screenings prior to workouts will take place after that. OU head athletic trainer Scott Anderson said in a release that the school has been preparing for this moment "in some form" since OU's facility closed March 13. "Our priority is precaution while making preparations," Anderson said, "in what are very fluid circumstances." - Norman Transcript

(DS#2 RB) rJr/2022 RB Kennedy BrooksOklahoma
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  05/21/20 - Jalen HurtsSr/2020, Oklahoma, 6-1, 222 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Oklahoma could sweep the Big 12 Athlete of the Year awards if things fall its way. The Sooners have two strong candidates in former quarterback Jalen Hurts and gymnast Maggie Nichols. The Big 12 presents a male and female award to be announced May 28. Hurts, a Heisman Trophy runner-up who was drafted No. 53 overall by the Philadelphia Eagles last month, led the nation in yards per pass attempt last season (11.3) and was an Associated Press third-team All-America selection. He spent one year at OU after transferring from Alabama. - Norman Transcript

(DS#7 QB) Sr/2020 QB Jalen HurtsOklahoma
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  05/16/20 - Ronnie PerkinsJr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-3, 251 (DS#10 DE) + More +

  Oklahoma doesn't sound any closer to a resolution in the case of three players suspended by the NCAA in December. Trejan Bridges, Ronnie Perkins and Rhamondre Stevenson - all likely contributors next season - are awaiting answers after OU initiated a process with the NCAA, which suspended the players for reportedly failing a drug test. None of them played in the Peach Bowl. They might have to serve five more games on the sideline if the NCAA doesn't resolve an appeal.

That process is taking more time than usual with the NCAA preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic. "No update," OU coach Lincoln Riley said Thursday. "I think that's fair to say, that all of this has probably slowed this process down. It's still being discussed. "I don't think it's going to get left unattended to, but I do believe it's fair to say that has slowed it down. There's obviously other priorities that are a lot higher right now for the people that make those decisions." - Norman Transcript


(DS#10 DE) Jr/2022 DE Ronnie PerkinsOklahoma
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  05/14/20 - Jalen HurtsSr/2020, Oklahoma, 6-1, 222 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts will wear the number he wore at Alabama and not the number he wore at Oklahoma on his NFL jersey. The second-round draft choice announced on Wednesday night that he would wear No. 2 for the Eagles. Hurts wore No. 2 during his three seasons at Alabama. He completed his college career at Oklahoma at 2019, when he finished No. 2 in the Heisman Trophy voting while wearing No. 1 on his Sooners jersey. Hurts also wore No. 2 while playing for Channelview High School in Channelview, Texas. The Eagles selected Hurts with the 53rd choice in the NFL Draft on April 24. Philadelphia has a player who wears No. 1 already on its roster - punter Cameron Johnston - but did not have a No. 2 until it was claimed by Hurts. - Birmingham News

(DS#7 QB) Sr/2020 QB Jalen HurtsOklahoma
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  05/11/20 - Jalen HurtsSr/2020, Oklahoma, 6-1, 222 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Before he was one of the more talked-about draft picks, Jalen Hurts had a fascinating grad-transfer recruitment. More than a year later, Nick Saban leant some insight into the process that landed Hurts in Oklahoma for a crucial senior season. Doing an interview with the website of the Philadelphia Eagles -- who drafted Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft -- Saban spoke about the three-team pursuit of the Alabama quarterback Saban said the plan was always to pursue a transfer after Hurts' third Alabama season if he was not the starter. Tua Tagovailoa, of course, had secured that job over the previous summer so Hurts was officially on the market after the 2018 season.

"And I remember him coming into me and saying (he) could go to Miami because the quarterback coach had gone to Miami as the offensive coordinator -- the quarterback coach here, Dan Enos," Saban said in the interview posted Sunday morning. "Mike Locksley got the head coaching job at Maryland. 'I could go to Maryland or I could go to Oklahoma.'" Locksley was the former Alabama offensive coordinator who had been on staff for Hurts' three Alabama seasons. Enos was the quarterbacks coach in Hurts' third season before leaving for Miami just days after Alabama's season ended with a national-championship game loss to Clemson. "I said 'Jalen, where do they have the best players?' because he felt more comfortable going where he knew these guys," Saban said. "And he said 'Well, I think they have the best players at Oklahoma.' I said we just played them, and they have some pretty good players on offense too." - Birmingham News


(DS#7 QB) Sr/2020 QB Jalen HurtsOklahoma
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  05/06/20 - Jalen HurtsSr/2020, Oklahoma, 6-1, 222 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Philadelphia Eagles fans seemed upset with team general manger Howie Roseman after he selected Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round of the NFL Draft on April 24. But when Roseman chose Southern Miss wide receiver Quez Watkins 147 picks later, the former Athens High School standout was happy to join Hurts in the Eagles' 2020 draft class. Watkins and Hurts had worked out together to prepare for the NFL Scouting Combine. "After I got drafted, he texted me," Watkins said. "It was like: 'Let's get to work.' That's really what we've been about before the Combine and stuff like that. Really been just trying to get to work. "It's really good that I'm with him. We started bonding a lot, started getting closer as the Combine and stuff came and then really we just got a connection, so we'll already have that connection and timing down."

Eagles fans objected to Hurts' selection in the second round because Philadelphia has an established quarterback in Carson Wentz. They would have preferred a rookie with an opportunity to start as the 53rd pick. Watkins said Hurts, who spent three seasons at Alabama before playing at Oklahoma in 2019, had qualities that Philadelphia fans would like. "He's a worker," Watkins said. "He's a competitor. He's not going to stop until he proves to everybody that he's the best. He's always determined. I've never seen a guy that put up 3, 400 yards a game and then come back and work out after the game, after putting up 66 points. Honestly, he's just really different. He's somebody that's going to work to get to that starting spot, work to get better." - Birmingham News


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  05/05/20 - Theo WeaseSo/2023, Oklahoma, 6-2, 201 (DS#5 WR) + More +

  Before the Peach Bowl, Oklahoma receiver Theo Wease was asked about his experience playing behind CeeDee Lamb. "When you're playing behind the best receiver in the country, there's no rush," Wease said. "Your time will always come." That time might arrive sooner than expected. Entering his sophomore season Wease will be among those expected to pick up the slack if Jadon Haselwood is unable to recuperate before OU's opener. Haselwood is sidelined for the foreseeable future with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to multiple reports, leaving the Sooners' receiving room thinner than planned. OU was already trying to fortify one of its outside receiver positions with Lamb moving on to the NFL after a decorated collegiate career.

The rebuild is even more important considering the playmaking Haselwood flashed as a freshman - his 19 catches for 272 yards didn't draw much national attention, but he averaged 14.3 yards per grab. Haselwood, at 6 feet 2 inches, was also one of OU's bigger targets outside. He and redshirt junior Charleston Rambo's were natural candidates to become OU's go-to names at the Z receiver position. Wease, who plays the same spot, had big moments as a freshman, including two catches for 31 yards and a touchdown in OU's 25-point comeback against Baylor. That experience looms larger with context of Haselwood's injury. "It was a blessing, honestly," Wease said in December. "My number got called, I stepped up to the plate. My coaches showed their trust in me. I stepped up to the plate and executed." - Norman Transcript


(DS#5 WR) So/2023 WR Theo WeaseOklahoma
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  05/01/20 - Jadon HaselwoodSo/2023, Oklahoma, 6-2, 206 (DS#13 WR) + More +

  Jadon Haselwood was looking forward to big things in 2020 for OU. "As a unit, period, the offense is going to be special," Haselwood said after the Sooners' Peach Bowl loss to LSU. "We have the potential to break all types of records. Not just me and Spencer (Rattler). We got Trejan (Bridges) and Theo (Wease) and Stog (Austin Stogner). We'll spread it around for sure." Now, it appears the group of receivers will be one less. Haselwood reportedly suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a workout last week. SoonerScoop.com first reported Haselwood's injury. Not having Haselwood would significantly shake up the Sooners' receiving corps next year. As a freshman, Haselwood backed up Charleston Rambo at Z receiver, one of the outside spots in Lincoln Riley's offense. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#13 WR) So/2023 WR Jadon HaselwoodOklahoma
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  04/28/20 - Jalen HurtsSr/2020, Oklahoma, 6-1, 222 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  When Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman selected Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night, he suspected the team's fans might not approve of his choice. "I said, 'Hey guys, we did what we think is the right thing, but hold on. Hold on. The water's going to get a little rough here,'" Roseman said during an appearance on "Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team" on WIP-FM in Philadelphia. "But what I thought was people would see this kid in particular and what an asset he's been to football teams and the skill set he has and get excited about him because he's exciting. He's an exciting person. He's an exciting player. And he's someone that adds to the culture of your football team. He's an intense competitor. He's an intense worker.

"And so I did think there would be some discussion about what we could do instead at that pick, but I thought just based on all our experiences together and this player in particular that it wouldn't be like this. And I also thought just based on what we've done this offseason that we'd all talk about how much better the team is because I think the team is much better." At Alabama, Hurts played on teams that won two SEC championships and one CFP national championship and reached three straight national title games. The SEC Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman for the Crimson Tide, Hurts was the Heisman Trophy runner-up last season at Oklahoma as he led the Sooners to the Big 12 crown and a spot in the CFP as a transfer. The argument in Philadelphia, though, isn't about Hurts' qualifications. It's about his position on the field and in the draft. - Birmingham News


(DS#7 QB) Sr/2020 QB Jalen HurtsOklahoma
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  04/26/20 - Jalen HurtsSr/2020, Oklahoma, 6-1, 222 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  People were curious how Jalen Hurts would adjust at Oklahoma following an unconventional career at Alabama. Now those curiosities will follow him to Philadelphia. The Eagles selected Hurts in the NFL Draft's second round at No. 53 overall Friday, making him the third former Oklahoma player taken this week. He'll go up against his former receiver, CeeDee Lamb, in the NFC East. Lamb was drafted by the Cowboys on Thursday. The Eagles are committed to quarterback Carson Wentz, but Hurts' versatility has opened interesting possibilities about how teams could use him. He's considered one of the best athletes at his position in the draft and has a strong leadership reputation dating back to his time at Alabama.

Hurts ranked first in the nation in yards per pass attempt at 11.3, just a hair behind the FBS record. But pinpoint passing remains one of his question marks. Staying in the pocket and making better decisions must be points of emphasis in the NFL, scouts say. Otherwise, he's a durable runner whose success rate is unquestioned. Hurts was part of 52 collegiate victories and went 38-4 as a starter. "I think he's just become way more of a factor in the throwing game," OU coach Lincoln Riley said. "I think people see that he improved a lot his junior year at Alabama when he wasn't the starter, and then I think this year was head and shoulders above that. I think he's come a long way in that regard, been able to do it and have success at different schools with different systems, which I think always bodes well." - Norman Transcript


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  04/23/20 - Kenneth MurrayJr/2020, Oklahoma, 6-2, 241 (DS#1 ILB) + More +

  After making a trade with the New England Patriots, the Los Angeles Chargers selected Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of Thursday's 2020 NFL Draft. In exchange for the 23rd pick, the Chargers sent their second-and third-round picks to the Patriots (37th and 71st overall). The Missouri City, TX native is the first linebacker selected in the first round by the Chargers since Larry English in 2009. Murray (6-foot-2, 241 pounds) appeared in 40 career games for the Sooners, amassing 325 tackles (36.5 for loss), and 9.5 sacks. Murray earned third-team All American and first-team All-Big 12 Honors in 2019. He joins a linebacking corps that includes Drue Tranquill, Denzel Perryman, Kyzir White, Uchenna Nwosu and newly signed Nick Vigil, among others. - Chargers.com

(DS#1 ILB) Jr/2020 ILB Kenneth MurrayOklahoma
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