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  05/10/21 - Drake StoopsrJr/2023, Oklahoma, 5-09, 190 (DS#60 WR) + More +

  Drake Stoops got a scholarship. Finally. All the OU walk-on receiver did last season was catch pretty much anything thrown at him, including the biggest touchdown of them all in overtime against Texas. He blocked with relentlessness. He ran pre-snap motion with abandon. He earned the scholarship Sooner coach Lincoln Riley awarded him after the spring game a couple weeks ago. Now, did Stoops need it? Not financially. Stoops, of course, is the son of legendary OU coach Bob Stoops. People who portend they know such things have estimated the net worth of the elder Stoops to be somewhere between $10 million and $20 million. Jeff Bezos, he's not, but Stoops probably isn't clipping coupons or hitting yard sales. Drake getting a scholarship doesn't change his family's finances a ton - but that doesn't mean he didn't deserve it. "I know it meant a great deal to him," Riley said on Thursday on a Zoom call. "There's occasionally families that are fortunate and well off and maybe the monetary aspect of it is not a big deal. "But it was a big, big deal to that kid, no question." - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#60 WR) rJr/2023 WR Drake StoopsOklahoma
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  05/08/21 - Trejan BridgesJr/2023, Oklahoma, 6-1, 180 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Trejan Bridges and Seth McGowan are no longer on OU's football team, Sooners coach Lincoln Riley confirmed Thursday. "They're not members of the program anymore and we wish them the very best going forward," Riley said. Bridges' apartment was searched as part of an investigation into an alleged armed robbery after a 911 caller reported Bridges and McGowan had robbed him of marijuana at the caller's Norman apartment April 15. Police found a .45-caliber Glock handgun and "a bag of green substance appearing to be marijuana" during the search. No charges have been filed against either Bridges or McGowan and both Bridges and McGowan have denied the accusations through their attorneys. Bridges and McGowan were suspended indefinitely shortly after the alleged incident. Neither participated in the Sooners' spring game April 24. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#999 WR) Jr/2023 WR Trejan BridgesOklahoma
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  05/03/21 - Rhamondre StevensonSr/2021, Oklahoma, 6-0, 231 (DS#14 RB) + More +

  The New England Patriots made sure Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson didn't wait long to hear his name on Day 3 of the NFL draft. The Patriots used a fourth-round pick on Stevenson, who became the 120th overall pick in the draft on Saturday. "Rhamondre had a short career here in a lot of ways, but he did really make the most of his time," OU coach Lincoln Riley said. "He broke so many tackles. I think that's probably the biggest thing that stands out for him - he's always had the ability to break tackles to get around guys, to run through guys. "He has a very low center of gravity and just not much to tackle. He really improved his body, his conditioning level and his understanding of our offense, which allowed him to have a really strong back half of the season for us this past year." Despite missing five games last season, Stevenson finished his final season at OU with 665 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. - Norman Transcript

(DS#14 RB) Sr/2021 RB Rhamondre StevensonOklahoma
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  05/02/21 - Trejan BridgesJr/2023, Oklahoma, 6-1, 180 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Police searched University of Oklahoma wide receiver Trejan Bridges' apartment while investigating an alleged armed robbery and reported finding a .45-caliber Glock handgun and "a bag of green substance appearing to be marijuana." Police also reported finding a large clear baggie of the green substance in a car he was driving. Police conducted the searches after a 911 caller reported Bridges, running back Seth McGowan and another male robbed him of marijuana at his Norman apartment the night of April 15.

No charges have been filed and police are still investigating. Both Bridges, 20, and McGowan, 19, deny the accusations. The victim said Bridges pointed a handgun at him and threatened to kill him during the robbery, a police detective told a judge in requests to do the searches. The victim also said he was beaten. Police questioned Bridges later that night and he stated he "had nothing to do with this incident," the detective reported. OU suspended Bridges and McGowan in April, according to multiple media reports, although the university did not identify the athletes. - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#999 WR) Jr/2023 WR Trejan BridgesOklahoma
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  05/01/21 - Trejan BridgesJr/2023, Oklahoma, 6-1, 180 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  A Norman apartment complex has terminated its housing agreement with Trejan Bridges, an Oklahoma sophomore receiver, according to an affidavit filed in Cleveland County district court on Monday. The Cottages of Norman has provided notice to vacate to Bridges, which stated a search warrant was executed at his housing unit on April 16 and police seized property "in connection with [Bridges'] involvement in an assault and robbery" in the letter. The apartment complex alleges Bridges' possession and use of a firearm, his breach of his housing agreement that requires residents to comply with applicable laws and ordinances, including theft, and not to endanger the housing community as reasons for his eviction.

In a petition for forcible entry and detainer, the apartment complex's legal counsel claims that "criminal charges against Bridges are forthcoming" based on its findings. The Cottages of Norman has retained Oklahoma City attorney Ashley M. Schovanec of Phillips Murrah P.C., according to the court document. Bridges has been linked to an ongoing robbery investigation in Norman, with his name stated in archived police scanner audio the night of April 15. - Norman Transcript


(DS#999 WR) Jr/2023 WR Trejan BridgesOklahoma
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  04/29/21 - Spencer RattlerrSo/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) rSo/2024 QB Spencer RattlerOklahoma
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  04/28/21 - Caleb KellyrSr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-2, 225 (DS#35 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#35 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Caleb KellyOklahoma
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  04/25/21 - Spencer RattlerrSo/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

(DS#2 QB) rSo/2024 QB Spencer RattlerOklahoma
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  04/24/21 - Andrew RaymSo/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) So/2024 OG Andrew RaymOklahoma
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  04/23/21 - Perrion WinfreySr/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) Sr/2022 DT Perrion WinfreyOklahoma
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  04/22/21 - Mike WoodsSr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-0, 196 (DS#43 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#43 WR) Sr/2022 WR Mike WoodsOklahoma
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  04/20/21 - Spencer RattlerrSo/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) rSo/2024 QB Spencer RattlerOklahoma
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  04/19/21 - Mikey HendersonSo/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) So/2024 FB Mikey HendersonOklahoma
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  04/16/21 - Jalen RedmondrJr/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) rJr/2023 DT Jalen RedmondOklahoma
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  04/11/21 - Eric GrayJr/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) Jr/2023 RB Eric GrayOklahoma
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