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Oklahoma Sooners Football: A Closer Look At Houston QB Greg Ward, Jr.

The Sooners look to stifle the Cougars’ electric playmaker as he hopes to start his senior season with a signature moment. Just a mere week from now the eyes of the college football world will turn to a scintillating early matchup as No. 3 Oklahoma faces No. 15 Houston at NRG Stadium. The highly anticipated contest will feature two of the nation’s most exciting quarterbacks, and as we all know what Baker Mayfield can do, the Cougars’ own daredevil playmaker is not short on dynamic talent or explosive plays either. Greg Ward, Jr., initially played wide receiver his first two seasons at...

2016 Oklahoma Sooners Football Countdown To Kickoff | 9 Days!

Mark Clayton was one of the best to ever play his position at OU We’re down to single digits, people! THIS IS NOT A DRILL! We’re now only nine days away from the opener against Houston, so today is obviously set aside for Mark Clayton. After redshirting during OU’s national championship season, Clayton made an immediate impact with the Sooners. As a freshman, he joined the likes of Antwone Savage, Curtis Fagan and Trent Smith in a crowded receiving core, catching 45 passes for 519 yards. He’d go on to catch a total of 221 passes for 3,241 yards and 31 touchdowns - all of which were...

Oklahoma Sooners Football: Is Obo the Next Great Pass Rusher for the Sooners?

After a couple of seasons in a backup role, OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (a.k.a. “Obo”) has the makings to become the next great pass rusher at Oklahoma. One of the main questions facing the Oklahoma defense entering the 2016 season is at the linebacker position. An athletic core that developed into such a dominant force over the last few seasons saw the exodus of stars Eric Striker, Devante Bond and Dominique Alexander along with Frank Shannon and P.L. Lindley. With some uncertainty looming over this group, especially concerning the pass rush, the Sooners must now look to some new names that...

2016 Oklahoma Sooners Football Countdown To Kickoff | Remembering Austin Box

Former OU Linebacker Austin Box Died Tragically in 2011 We’re 12 days away from the start of the 2016 season, so today we take some time to remember Austin Box. Box came to Norman in 2007 after quarterbacking the Enid Plainsmen to the 6A state title game against Jenks as a senior. He was a phenomenal athlete who was recruited to play linebacker at Oklahoma, and he really came along as a contributor at the position towards the end of his redshirt junior season. However, tragedy struck in May of 2011. The 2011 season would be dedicated to Austin Box, with a different player wearing his...

Oklahoma Sooners Football: OU No. 3 in AP Top 25

Sooners were also No. 3 in Amway Coaches Poll The Associated Press released its Preseason Top 25 Poll on Sunday morning, and the Oklahoma Sooners are ranked No. 3 nationally. The Sooners were previously ranked No. 3 by the Amway Coaches Poll. However, the Sooners received four first-place votes after receiving none in the Coaches Poll. The rankings go as follows: Alabama (33) Clemson (16) Oklahoma (4) Florida State (5) LSU (1) Ohio State (1) Michigan (1) Stanford Tennessee Notre Dame Ole Miss Michigan State TCU Washington Houston UCLA Iowa Georgia Louisville USC Oklahoma State North...

2016 Oklahoma Sooners Football Countdown To Kickoff | 14 Days!

Josh Heupel and Sam Bradford brought a pedigree to the position that is now expected Only 14 days to go! We’ve got a fun one for you today: Sooner legends Josh Heupel and Sam Bradford. Like most OU fans, I can still remember the 2000 season like it was yesterday. My dad got his hands on season tickets in 1999, the first year of the Stoops regime—er, era. In just his second year, Stoops brought a national championship back to Norman. Although the team was brought to such lofty heights on the back of their defense, their quarterback and Heisman runner-up—damn you, Chris Weinke!—was...

2016 Oklahoma Sooners Football Countdown To Kickoff | 15 Days!

JT Thatcher dazzled as a returner in 2000 We’re only 15 days away from the season opener against Houston, and today we highlight JT Thatcher. Thatcher starred as both a free safety and a return specialist on the 2000 National Championship squad, earning All-America honors in both capacities. He’s tied for the OU record with three interceptions in a game (vs. Rice in 2000) and is second all time with eight interceptions in a season. His playmaking ability and open-field prowess led to some of the most memorable moments of the 2000 season. Thatcher’s two punt return touchdowns and...

2016 Oklahoma Sooners Football Countdown To Kickoff | 16 Days!

We’re now only 16 days away from the opener in H-Town, and today we highlight a player who has changed positions this offseason. Michiah Quick came to OU as a highly-touted recruit out of Fresno, California in 2014 and was expected to be an immediate contributor as a receiver. After getting some decent playing time in the second half of the 2014 season, Quick was used sparingly as a sophomore in 2015. Quick was moved to corner in the spring of 2016, and all indications are that he appears to be a natural fit at the position. He has pretty good ball skills and is - I’m sorry - pretty...

2016 Oklahoma Sooners Football Countdown To Kickoff | 17 Days!

Andre Woolfolk spent some time at receiver before starring at corner We’re only 17 days away from the start of the 2016 season, and today we take a look at Andre Woolfolk. Woolfolk was initially a receiver for the Sooners and made a ton of huge plays as a sophomore in 2000, most notably his circus catch against Nebraska in which he kicked the ball up in the air and caught it while on his back. However, he made the move to cornerback early in his junior year and was nothing short of dominant at the position. Woolfolk would end up being selected 28th overall by the Tennessee Titans but...

2016 Oklahoma Sooners Football Countdown To Kickoff | 18 Days!

Jason White is one of the most under-appreciated Heisman winners of all time We’re now just 18 days away from the season opener, which means that today is Jason White Day! I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that White is the most under-appreciated Heisman winner in recent memory, and I understand why. He didn’t have the ability to run around and improvise after two knee surgeries, he wasn’t known as a vocal guy with a big personality, and he went undrafted and never played a down in the NFL. But my word, that dude threw one of the prettiest deep balls ever. To demonstrate the...

Oklahoma Sooners Football: OU Ranked 3rd in ESPN Power Rankings

Sooners trail Alabama and Clemson in ESPN’s preseason rankings ESPN released their preseason College Football Power Rankings on Monday, and the Sooners come in at No. 3. As I said with OU’s No. 3 ranking in the Amway Coaches Poll, this is the appropriate spot for the Sooners. They have no business being ahead of Bama or Clemson, but deserve to be ranked ahead of everyone else. None of this matters, or course, but it shows that the national perception of the program has recovered since this time last year. The rankings are based on a combination of the Football Power Index (which I...

Oklahoma Sooners Football: Daniel Brooks Has Waited His Turn

After four patient years at OU, the fifth-year running back’s time could be now. When Daniel Brooks arrived in Norman as a teenager to play running back for the Sooners, he brought with him the attitude and perseverance of a seasoned vet. Following his impressive performance in the shutout win at K-State last October when he carried 11 times for 41 yds and added 34 more on a tackle-dodging pass reception, Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World detailed Brooks’ injury setbacks to his years in high school. So considering what it’s taken for him get to his fifth and final year of eligibility in...

2016 Oklahoma Sooners Football Countdown To Kickoff | 20 Days!

Billy Sims was the total package as a running back We’re just 20 days away from the season opener against Houston, which means that it’s Billy Sims day at CCM. Boomer! After playing in only one game as a freshman in 1975 and using a redshirt year in 1976, Sims ended the 1977 season with just over 500 career yards. Two years later he would hold the Oklahoma career rushing record of 4,118 yards, which still stands to this day. Sims took home the Heisman in 1978 and finished second in 1979 before being selected first overall by the Detroit Lions in 1980. He won the Rookie of the Year...

Oklahoma Sooners Football | Neville Gallimore's Time to Shine

We have a tendency to hype recruits up beyond belief and then forget about them almost within a year, if they don't make an immediate impact. I believe that is the case with almost every highly rated recruit that doesn't come in and make an immediate impact and set the college football world on fire. You know who else didn't make an immediate impact during his time in Norman? Gerald McCoy Now I am not ready to say that Neville Gallimore will be the next Gerald McCoy, as that is some incredibly large shoes to fill. Gallimore however should he reach his potential is that kind of...

Hot Links 8⁄12: Big 12 Will Speak with 17 Schools

Here are some links to occupy your time this afternoon Good afternoon, Sooners! I’m currently writing to you from a hotel in Denver and will be posting from Bozeman, Montana and Portland, Oregon for the next week. I needed to get away from the heat, but I also want to see how far I can drive a golf ball at elevation! Probably not that far, but we’ll see. Here are some links for y’all to look at while you pretend to work on a Friday afternoon. According to Brett McMurphy at ESPN, The Big 12 will interview SEVENTEEN schools about expansion. Frankly, I don’t know why Northern Illinois...

Jordan Thomas Will Play Against Houston After Charges Dismissed

The Preseason All-Big 12 corner will see the field in the season opener This evening, The Football Brainiacs reported that the charges against Oklahoma CB stemming from an incident at Logie’s (formerly Logan’s) on Campus Corner have been dismissed. Carey Murdock of Soonerscoop.com then confirmed that Thomas will NOT be suspended for the opener against Houston on Sept. 3. Thomas was voted Preseason All-Big 12 First Team by the coaches a few weeks ago and was second on the team with five interceptions last season. With star quarterback Greg Ward returning to Houston’s potent passing...

Countdown To Kickoff | 23 Days!

Brodney Pool was a member of the bruising defenses of the early 2000’s Brodney Pool just has one of those names that makes you think he was always destined to be a football player. If you disagree, or think my claim is weird—it admittedly probably is—just try saying aloud: Brodney Pool. Pool came on in 2002 as a true freshman from Houston, Texas. In his sophomore year, he took over the starting free safety job, where he tallied 68 tackles, seven interceptions (good for 11th in the nation), and one blocked kick. Following another outstanding season, Pool declared for the NFL draft....

2016 Oklahoma Sooners Football Countdown To Kickoff | 24 Days!

Little Joe Washington dazzled Sooner fans in the 1970s Oklahoma has produced so many great tailbacks that it’s very difficult to rank them (though I’ll give it a try next week). Up near the top of that list is Little Joe Washington, who was known to play in shoes that were spray-painted silver. He stood at 5-9 and 180 pounds, but it didn’t matter because you probably weren’t going to touch him. He had moves that no one at that point had ever seen. He was Reggie Bush before there was a Reggie Bush. His most memorable play - and he had A LOT of memorable plays - came in Columbia,...

2016 Oklahoma Sooners Football Countdown To Kickoff | 25 Days!

James Allen was the hero against Texas in 1996 John Blake’s first season in 1996 was absolutely abysmal. The Sooners went 3-8 and didn’t win a game at Owen Field. They’d stumble into the State Fair of Texas with an 0-4 record, having suffered losses to TCU, San Diego State, Tulsa and Kansas. OU was in the gutter and would stay there until Stoops arrived, but on Oct. 12 of 1996 there was a brief moment of sunshine. This is the first OU football game that I vividly remember watching attentively on TV (it was around the time that doctors started prescribing Ritalin to seemingly every...

Could 2016 Be What 2009 Wasn’t?

Looking back at a lost season and the one fast approaching. Some of us still remember it all too well. The National Championship scene was set, and South Beach was abuzz with Sooner Crimson and Gator blue (among all the vice cops on bikes, the tans and other fake assets, of course). OU was finally back in the big one following a landmark, record-setting season led by a Heisman-winning QB, and the culmination of a frustrating four-year arc for Big Game Bob. After USC in the Rose Bowl, after TCU at home in ‘05, after 37 straight second-half run plays to escape against Tulsa that same...