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  09/18/21 - Spencer RattlerrSo/2024, Oklahoma, 6-0, 200 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Spencer Rattler passed for a touchdown and ran for another, and No. 3 Oklahoma held on to beat Nebraska 23-16 on Saturday. Celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the "Game of the Century" - No. 1 Nebraska's 35-31 win over No. 2 Oklahoma in 1971, the teams rewarded their nostalgic fans with a competitive contest. In the first meeting between the former conference rivals since 2010, Nebraska got the ball trailing by a touchdown with 57 seconds remaining and no timeouts. The Cornhuskers could not manage a first down. Eric Gray ran for 84 yards on 15 carries and Kennedy Brooks added 75 yards on 14 attempts for the Sooners (3-0). Adrian Martinez passed for 289 yards and a touchdown for Nebraska (2-2), which was seeking its first win over a ranked team since 2015. - Oklahoma Football/AP College Football

(DS#3 QB) rSo/2024 QB Spencer RattlerOklahoma
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  09/12/21 - Spencer RattlerrSo/2024, Oklahoma, 6-0, 200 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler and his teammates felt the pressure after barely beating Tulane in the season opener. The Sooners stewed for a week, then took out their frustration on Western Carolina. Rattler threw five touchdown passes, and No. 4 Oklahoma rolled past the Catamounts 76-0 on Saturday night. "When we got in the facility on Monday, even on Sunday, the vibe was uncomfortable," Rattler said. "We knew what we had to do. We were challenged this past week and came out here today and executed our plays, went through the reads, played hard for four quarters. And that was our big thing - four quarters and finish. We did well with that." Oklahoma matched its fifth-highest point total in school history and posted its highest score since 2007. It was the program's third-largest margin of victory, behind 77-0 wins over Missouri in 1986 and Texas A&M in 2003.

The Sooners led 62-0 after three quarters, and the fourth quarter was shortened to 12 minutes. Rattler completed 20 of 26 passes for 243 yards before resting in the second half of Oklahoma's 10th straight victory. He joined Jason White as the only Sooners to pass for five touchdowns in a half. He threw two interceptions against Tulane, but took a step forward on Saturday. "I think he was just more patient," Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. "Really, just a mindset to just go execute and really never got off of that, and that's what the best ones do. They can get in that kind of high level of focus and be able to maintain it, and he was much better there today." - Oklahoma/AP College Football


(DS#3 QB) rSo/2024 QB Spencer RattlerOklahoma
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  09/06/21 - Gabe BrkicrJr/2023, Oklahoma, 6-1, 201 (DS#4 K) + More +

  SEPT 6 BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma, K, Jr.,...Special Teams Player of the Week Gabe Brkic tied an FBS record with his three field goal makes of at least 50 yards (51, 56 and 55) in Oklahoma's 40-35 win over Tulane. No Sooner had ever made more than one 50-plus-yard field goal in a game. Brkic also made a 26-yarder and finished the day 4-for-5, tying a school record for makes in a game (11th time in school history and third time by Brkic). The redshirt junior's 56-yarder to end the first half tied as the third-longest in school history and was the longest since 1977. His 51- and 56-yarders stand as the longest made field goals in a season opener in program history. Brkic was also 4-for-4 on PAT attempts against Tulane. - Big 12 Football

(DS#4 K) rJr/2023 K Gabe BrkicOklahoma
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  09/04/21 - Spencer RattlerrSo/2024, Oklahoma, 6-0, 200 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Oklahoma nearly took its hospitality too far. The Sooners' game against Tulane was relocated from New Orleans because of Hurricane Ida, and Oklahoma's athletic department and fans went all out to make their guests feel at home. Oklahoma had the Green Wave painted on the 25-yard lines, and Sooners fans cheered when Tulane's players ran into the field before the game. The Sooners then nearly let the Green Wave claim their first win over a Top 10 opponent since 1973.

Spencer Rattler passed for 304 yards and a touchdown and No. 2 Oklahoma, playing a road game on its home field, narrowly avoided a shocking upset by holding on for a 40-35 victory over Tulane on Saturday. "That was one of the hardest hitting teams, one of the most physical teams I've played," Rattler said. "They came out there, and they played great, better than us, for sure. They wanted to win more than us. You could tell it. We have to be cleaner, sharper, and have to be better." The Sooners, who led 40-22 early in the fourth quarter, gave up a pair of late touchdowns. Tulane had fourth-and-13 just short of midfield with just under two minutes to go when quarterback Michael Pratt ran for only 12 yards and the Green Wave turned the ball over on downs. The Sooners ran out the clock. Oklahoma led 37-14 at halftime. - Oklahoma/AP College Football


(DS#3 QB) rSo/2024 QB Spencer RattlerOklahoma
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  09/03/21 - Tre BradfordSo/2024, Oklahoma, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Bradford's departure marks the fourth running back the Sooners have lost this season. The team dismissed Seth McGowan and Mikey Henderson during the offseason due to felony charges stemming from an alleged armed robbery on April 15. Marcus Major was reportedly declared ineligible to play this season due to academic issues. But Bradford's departure so late into fall camp is especially tough for the Sooners, as he was expected to be the third running back on the depth chart behind Kennedy Brooks and Eric Gray. So after transferring to Oklahoma, why would Bradford decide to leave right before the team's first game?

Even Riley isn't sure. "I would love to explain what happened...I really don't have an explanation," Riley said on Tuesday. "It was a strange situation. It's part of the deal with the transfer portal. and then even in a COVID year, you're bringing in some people that you flat out know less about. [You can] do all the homework you want, you just don't know. "You look at the whole group of transfers that we brought in, I mean, again, from buy-in and culture guys and guys doing the right thing, we've added a tremendous percentage. But we missed on this one. I mean, we just flat out did." - Norman Transcript


(DS#999 RB) So/2024 RB Tre BradfordOklahoma
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  09/01/21 - Spencer RattlerrSo/2024, Oklahoma, 6-0, 200 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Spencer Rattler has never shied away from dreaming big. "I've been setting goals since I can remember," the OU quarterback said. "I just got off the phone with my quarterback coach a while ago. … We've been talking about national championships, Heismans, since I was 8 years old. To be pretty close to it, and going for that goal, is something we've got to check off the box. "I've checked off a lot of boxes (and) I'm excited to see what boxes I can check off, hopefully." Rattler enters the 2021 season, which the Sooners start at 11 a.m. Saturday against Tulane in New Orleans, as the Heisman Trophy favorite and he's a big reason why OU is a national championship contender.

He's become one of the faces of college football, one of its most marketable personalities in a year where - with the NCAA's new Name, Image, and Likeness rules - being marketable as a college player means more than it ever has. Rattler was one of the first college athletes on Cameo, a site that allows fans to buy personalized videos from celebrities, and for awhile was the most expensive. As of Saturday morning, Cameos from Rattler started at $179. Among college athletes on the site, only Texas running back Bijan Robinson, at $189, draws more. In late July, just before Sooners preseason camp opened, Rattler became the first college athlete to sign autographs at a major memorabilia convention when he appeared at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago. An autograph from Rattler cost $150, photos with him another $150 and inscriptions were $60. - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#3 QB) rSo/2024 QB Spencer RattlerOklahoma
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  08/29/21 - Michael Woods IISr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-0, 198 (DS#54 WR) + More +

  Marvin Mims is projected to be the team's number one receiver, but Woods could become a favorite target for Spencer Rattler. The 6-foot-1 receiver landed in Norman for his senior season after finishing as the second-leading receiver for Arkansas last season, finishing with 32 catches and five touchdowns. Woods brings height and explosiveness to a Sooners' receiving core that needed it at times last season. Rattler said the pair has been developing chemistry throughout fall camp. "He's a tall, explosive receiver on the outside for us. He'll go up and get the ball," Rattler said. "He's a mismatch, I feel like, at all times. He's done a great job of that throughout camp...Still getting that chemistry down, still working, but it's getting better and better." - Norman Transcript

(DS#54 WR) Sr/2022 WR Michael Woods IIOklahoma
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  08/29/21 - Eric GrayJr/2023, Oklahoma, 5-09, 206 (DS#26 RB) + More +

  Before fall camp, Gray had already positioned himself at the top of the backfield depth chart. The former Tennessee running back and Kennedy Brooks were already expected to split ball-handling dues. But Marcus Major's academic ineligibility and Bradford's departure puts more pressure on Gray to produce right away. His running back coach, DeMarco Murray, said Gray has the mindset needed to do that. "He has a great mindset about him, a great work ethic and a great demeanor overall," Murray said last week. "Talk about a guy who is a pro. You don't have to say much to him. You don't get him revved up. He takes care of his body, he takes care of his notes, he takes care of his playbook. Mentally, physically and emotionally, he's been everything that you want. "He's been a great asset for this room and this team. You talk about a guy who does it the right way on and off the field, he's high up there." Gray recorded six total touchdowns, 772 rushing yards and 254 receiving yards last season with Tennessee. - Norman Transcript

(DS#26 RB) Jr/2023 RB Eric GrayOklahoma
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  08/28/21 - Tre BradfordSo/2024, Oklahoma, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  The Sooners running back room had yet another setback on Thursday. Per a report from the OU Daily, running back Tre Bradford has missed the last two practices and is no longer with the team. The transfer running back from LSU was one of only three scholarship ball carriers on Oklahoma's rooster, along with Kennedy Brooks and Eric Gray. Running back Marcus Major was ruled ineligible for the season earlier this week due to an academic issue, per reports. - Norman Transcript

(DS#999 RB) So/2024 RB Tre BradfordOklahoma
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  08/28/21 - Marcus MajorrSo/2024, Oklahoma, 5-11, 222 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  It was no secret heading into fall camp that new guys had to deliver in OU's backfield. With the dismissals of Seth McGowan and Mikey Henderson, the Sooners were left to lean on Tennessee transfer Eric Gray and Kennedy Brooks for the bulk of their run production. That left some backup carries for the taking, but the list of candidates grew shorter on Tuesday when Sooner Scoop reported that redshirt sophomore Marcus Major had been ruled ineligible for the 2021 campaign due to an academic issue. Gray and Brooks should be the two main workhorses, but the door is open for another running back to carve out a role. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#999 RB) rSo/2024 RB Marcus MajorOklahoma
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  08/26/21 - Jalen RedmondrSo/2024, Oklahoma, 6-2, 279 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  After opting out last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, big things are expected of Sooners' defensive lineman Jalen Redmond. Redmond said he's become much more comfortable over the last few weeks as OU ramps up in preparation for the Sept. 4 opener at Tulane. "I went through the spring and knocked some rust off. I'm still knocking rust off now," Redmond said. "I'm not the perfect player. I'm still working on it, still trying to get back into it. But I feel like it's doing good. I'm feeling good." In 2019, Redmond played 13 games, with four starts, leading OU with 6 1/2 sacks and finishing third on the team with 11 tackles for loss. "He's getting there," Sooners defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux said. "He's making every day count...I think he's really close. Every day he's out there working his butt off. He's adding value and we're happy with where he is right now." - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#999 DT) rSo/2024 DT Jalen RedmondOklahoma
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  08/25/21 - Michael TurkrSr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-0, 230 (DS#4 P) + More +

  When former Arizona State Sun Devils punter Michael Turk announced he was transferring from the program less than a month away from the season, it came as a shock to most. ASU head coach Herm Edwards joined Arizona Sports' Doug & Wolf on Monday to discuss the 2021 season and mentioned why the former Ray Guy Award semifinalist decided to leave the program for the Oklahoma Sooners. "It had nothing to do with anything but how we treated the COVID situation and what we were going to do going forward," Edwards said. "We had some things in there that he didn't agree with and that was fine. He didn't want to leave but he decided to go somewhere else."

Replacing the boot of Turk won't be an easy task for ASU after he averaged 46.0 yards on 59 punts in 2019, which ranked 11th in the FBS and led the Pac-12. Turk was a two-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection. However, Edwards thinks his team will have no problem replacing Turk at the position. "He'll be fine and we'll be fine," he said. "This kid (Eddie Czaplicki) we brought in is going to be a good player … he can punt and kick but for right now he's just punting." - ArizonaSports.com


(DS#4 P) rSr/2022 P Michael TurkOklahoma
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  08/25/21 - Jeremiah HallrSr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-2, 248 (DS#1 FB) + More +

  Jeremiah Hall has seen a lot during his time at Oklahoma. He was a redshirt freshman on the sidelines when the Sooners lost in heartbreaking fashion to Georgia in 2017. He was on the field more when the team suffered back-to-back playoff losses to Alabama and LSU. And he made his biggest on-the-field impact last season, landing on the All-Big 12 First Team after finishing on the second team the year before. So naturally, his teammates began looking to him this offseason for leadership and guidance. At first, Hall wasn't sure he saw himself in that type of role. "When I think about leadership at OU, I think about guys like Baker Mayfield," Hall said during Big 12 Media Days.

"I think about these big names that have been the face of this program. And I'm just a little ol' halfback, fullback from North Carolina. "So when I thought about being a leader prior to this offseason, I thought about 'How can I live up to that?' I've never done this before." Hall looked to his coach, Lincoln Riley, for help on how best to lead his team. For Hall, he found his niche in pushing his team to be its best, even if that means having difficult conversations. "We talked about my leadership style, and basically what that looks like is making myself uncomfortable," Hall said. "I've never been in this position before, been in a position to lead a team that means so much in the eyes of college football. And for me, after this past season, I knew that I was a leader last year. But this year, I'm like, 'I'm really a leader." - Norman Transcript


(DS#1 FB) rSr/2022 FB Jeremiah HallOklahoma
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  08/24/21 - Michael TurkrSr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-0, 230 (DS#4 P) + More +

  Reeves Mundschau might still be OU's punter this season. But things got a lot more interesting at the position for the Sooners recently with the addition of Arizona State transfer Michael Turk. "It went from Forks Up to Horns Down," Turk said on a video last week announcing his transfer destination on his YouTube channel, which has more than 15,000 subscribers. The typical deadline for players to transfer and retain eligibility for the upcoming season is July 1, but as a graduate transfer, Turk figures to be eligible to play immediately. Turk seemed destined to be the Sun Devils' starting punter until earlier this month, making the decision to transfer after Arizona State introduced a policy that unvaccinated individuals - including players - couldn't be a part of the traveling party for road games. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#4 P) rSr/2022 P Michael TurkOklahoma
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  08/23/21 - Perrion WinfreySr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-3, 292 (DS#2 DT) + More +

  Perrion Winfrey is a big fan of horror movies. So for the Big 12 Championship Game last season - and for individual photos leading into this season - the OU defensive lineman wore thigh pads that showed through a silhouette of a pair of classic horror characters. On the right - Michael Myers from the Halloween franchise. On the left - Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th. It was a frightening addition to an already intimidating look for the 6-foot-4, 292-pound Winfrey. "I love the theme of scary movies," Winfrey said. "Honestly, I feel like any advantage I can have over my opponent is one up and honestly, I feel like my appearance is (intimidating) to people and they fear myself just by appearance. "So I honestly did it just as an appearance thing." Winfrey's game had plenty of bite last year, especially near the end.

But this season, Winfrey hopes to strike much more fear in the hearts of opponents. "He needs to be a dude. He needs to play how he looks," Sooners defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux said. "He's a guy who can do it and do it at a high level. We're expecting big things from him. I think if he plays the way he's capable of, he's an NFL guy. That's what we expect from him." Plenty of people expect that from Winfrey, who is a popular pick to be a first-round NFL Draft selection next spring after the improvement he showed last season - when he finished with 19 tackles, six for loss, and three pass breakups. - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#2 DT) Sr/2022 DT Perrion WinfreyOklahoma
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