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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Bowl game gift list, more All-America teams, and Trevor Knight talks OU

The Oklahoma Sooners hope to bring a Rose Bowl trophy home from Pasadena, but what kinds of gifts will they receive?

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Hello once again, friends and fans of Sooner Nation! It’s finals week at the University of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Sooners returned to practice yesterday in preparation for their semifinal matchup against the Georgia Bulldogs. On the honors and accolades front, ESPN has released its own All-America Team, and three Sooners made the list. Congratulations, everybody!

In today’s edition of Hot Links, find out which Sooners made Sporting News’ All-America team and ESPN’s All-Big 12 Team, check out how high one mock NFL draft projects Baker Mayfield to go, what kinds of gifts players will be receiving from their bowl games and more!

OU Links

  • ESPN has also released its own All-Big 12 Team and has handed out individual awards. The Oklahoma Sooners have taken care of business and it shows.

“And I’m the type of person to really enjoy watching the people that I care about… I’m so excited for what he’s done and what Coach Riley has been able to do in now becoming the head coach in arguably the best program in the country, it’s been really special to watch.”

National Links

  • Let’s hope Baker Mayfield’s statue doesn’t become a meme like this Diego Maradona statue or the Cristiano Ronaldo bust. C’mon people, just keep working on it until it’s not hilarious. Note: I now realize that this is a “world link”, but whatever. Maybe we’ll change this to Around the Sports World...
  • Check out this rundown of the gifts players will receive through their respective bowl games. The Rose Bowl isn’t listed here, but Oklahoma and Georgia players will receive a Fossil watch, an Ogio backpack, a New Era 9Fifty snapback adjustable hat, and a gift suite (which is explained in the SBN article).
  • Former 5-star QB Shea Patterson is transferring from Ole Miss to Michigan. With the NCAA allowing rising seniors to transfer from Ole Miss without penalty, Patterson, a sophomore, will look to appeal for immediate eligibility. Michigan returns a ton of talent outside the quarterback position next season, so if Patterson’s appeal goes through, look out for the Wolverines to potentially contend for a playoff spot in 2018.
  • In other QB transfer news, Iowa State’s Jacob Park has asked to be released from the team so that he can transfer before next season. Park says he plans to graduate from ISU in the spring before transferring.
  • Keep an eye out for the reigning NBA MVP to grace the cover of the holiday issue of ESPN The Magazine.

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