What’s up, everyone? I hope you’re all having a wonderful Tuesday as we approach the final week of October.
Speaking of wonderful, Kyler Murray joined The Dan Patrick Show this morning and spoke about what winning the Heisman Trophy would mean for him.
Kyler Murray was asked about the Heisman on The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday morning.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 23, 2018
"It'd mean a lot to me. I know it'd mean a lot to the university and the fans, my family. Especially with Bake doing it last year, I think it'd be pretty special."#Kyler4Heisman | #Sooners pic.twitter.com/FkXz2wS64i
If any program can lay claim to being “Heisman U”, it’s probably the Oklahoma Sooners. Few teams have had as much success as OU with viable candidates, and with three winners in 15 seasons (‘03-’17) and six overall, even fewer can rival the number of recipients. Murray understands how special the honor is, and if he keeps up the torrid pace he’s on, he’ll have as good a shot as anybody at bringing it home.
In ESPN’s latest Heisman Experts Poll, Murray moved up to second place, just behind Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.
Patrick asked Murray about his official measurements, which is something that has questioned throughout his career. Of course, he’s aware of this, and it definitely does nothing to detract from how phenomenal of an athlete he is.
It’s pretty amazing to look back and remember Kyler Murray backed up Baker Mayfield for a season. If he does indeed win the Heisman, and maybe even if he doesn’t, that might go down as the top duo of QBs on one team college football has ever seen.
After being around each other for two seasons, Murray and Mayfield share a friendship, but with each of them being so busy this time of year, staying in touch is tough to maintain.
Kyler Murray talked about his relationship with @bakermayfield and his dancing on The Dan Patrick Show.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 23, 2018
"Bake's my boy."
"He's got more rhythm than most, but there's a little stiffness in there."#Kyler4Heisman | #Sooners pic.twitter.com/LzKb9Sdawp
After listening to the interview, I want to see a throwing and dancing competition between Murray and Mayfield now more than ever. I’ve seen Bake win some tough throwing competitions, and you already know what he’s bringing to the dance floor. Without having seen K1 dance, I might have to give the slight edge to Mayfield. Still, this needs to happen, and Gus Johnson should call it.
Now let’s dig into some Hot Links! Barton Simmons thinks Oklahoma can take down Alabama, Mack Brown ranks the Sooners over the Longhorns, Booger McFarland admits to peeing his pants and more!
- SB Nation’s Jason Kirk made his predictions on what the College Football Playoff rankings would look like if they were released tonight (the first CFP rankings come out next Tuesday). If it were up to him, he’d have Oklahoma at No. 6 and Texas at No. 11. Yeah, as much as I’d like to see that (and as much as I’d perhaps agree with it), I’d totally understand the ensuing outrage if that were to happen.
- Alabama has looked unbeatable against every opponent it’s faced this season, but could Oklahoma actually be the team with the best formula for taking down the Crimson Tide? CBS Sports’ Barton Simmons thinks so.
- Maybe Mack Brown is really a Sooner at heart, because even after a head-to-head loss, the former Texas coach believes Oklahoma deserves to be ranked higher than the Longhorns. Perhaps he’s just going out of his way to sound unbiased, but whatever.
- After being named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season, Kyler Murray has already tied Baker Mayfield’s personal best. With a little under half the season left to go, the chances of Murray breaking that record are pretty good.
- From having to sit out last season due to a shoulder injury, to climbing his way up the depth chart this season, running back Kennedy Brooks knows what it means to be patient, and both he and his running style are perfect examples of that.
- In Pro Football Focus’ latest NFL Draft board update, Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown checks in at No. 18 overall.
- A proposal to the Board of Regents for additional renovations to Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is in discussion. The proposed renovations include updated seating throughout the lower bowl and revamping the stadium’s Wi-Fi infrastructure.
- In case you missed it, OU president James Gallogly plans to recommend the expansion of alcohol sales at Oklahoma sporting events. There are many pros for going through with this, as evidenced by other Big 12 schools already having implemented the same thing. Among the reasons for selling alcohol listed in the proposal’s agenda include the profit from the direct sales, the potential for increased attendance, and alcohol-related advertising.
- Also, don’t forget to check out how the Sooners in the NFL did in Week 7. Sterling Shepard had a huge night against the Falcons, and Baker Mayfield’s rally attempt came up just short against the Bucs.
Around the Sports World
- TCU’s KaVontae Turpin has likely played his last down for the Horned Frogs after being arrested on Sunday. Now it turns out that TCU knew of the previous incident involving the talented receiver. Turpin reportedly downplayed the incident when has was interrogated by his coaches, so they took him at his word and didn’t look into it further. Not good... (UPDATE: He’s been kicked off the team)
- Backup Alabama QB Jalen Hurts underwent an ankle procedure after suffering an injury on a touchdown run against Tennessee. Starter Tua Tagovailoa is dealing with a knee injury that hasn’t been severe enough to cause him to miss playing time. The Crimson Tide are off this weekend before a likely top five matchup against LSU.
- North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora is struggling to bring the Tar Heels back to relevancy. Is it time to pull the plug, or is there reason for optimism?
- They done did it. The Oakland Raiders made yet another strange trade, sending wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Are you happy now, Jon Gruden?
- Broncos QB Chad “Swag” Kelly is in some hot water after being charged with first-degree criminal trespass. Here’s what apparently went down:
Affidavit says Chad Kelly "sat down on the couch...mumbling incoherently" next to woman & her small child. Man of the house hit Kelly with a vacuum tube to get him to leave. Englewood PD arrested him outside the Gothic Theater. #kdvr https://t.co/UnbnMaziJQ— Rob Low (@RobLowTV) October 23, 2018
- Purposely peeing your pants is not that uncommon in football. Booger McFarland, thanks for enlightening people, I guess.
- Look, I get it. This guy has beef with the Golden State Warriors because they’ve horded so much talent and are arguably the biggest dynasty in professional sports today. But man, you need to remember the Warriors are hardly the first organization to assemble a super team. They’re probably just the first to do it this well.
The Warriors got him absolutely sick. pic.twitter.com/AKTuHS0S6f— TheWarriorsTalk (@TheWarriorsTalk) October 22, 2018
Stick to Sports!
- “Red Dead Redemption 2” comes out this week, so now’s a good time to reflect on what made the first installment so special. It’s not just one of the most revered video games of all time, it’s one of the greatest western stories ever told, as SB Nation’s own Spencer Hall so eloquently puts it.
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