Happy Monday, friends and fans!
You’ll be hard-pressed to find an offense in the nation with more talent than the Oklahoma Sooners have. There’s Kyler Murray, CeeDee Lamb, and a number of offensive linemen who will likely have lucrative professional career. Perhaps the player with as much talent and natural ability as any of his teammates is Marquise Brown, aka “Hollywood”. He not only has blazing speed that cannot be taught, he’s worked extremely hard to make it to this level of college football stardom.
It’s no wonder that he’s one of 11 players nationwide recently named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award. The prestigious yearly honor is given to the game’s most outstanding receiver at any position (tight ends are eligible), and if you ask anyone in Norman or the southeastern part of Florida, they’d tell you Hollywood is second to none.
Dede Westbrook became the first OU receiver to win the award in 2016, the same season he was also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Brown has a great chance of being named a Biletnikoff finalist, and if he makes it that far, watch out, because like he does on the field, he could go all the way. In fact, you can actually help him do so by voting in the fan poll, which accounts for one vote. In 2013, the fan vote ultimately won the award for Brandin Cooks, so it can make a difference!
Now it’s time for some Monday Hot Links! Sooner hoops takes to the court in San Antonio, Baker Mayfield woke up feeling dangerous on Sunday, Carmelo Anthony could be done in Houston, and more!
- Oklahoma is on the road once again to play against another former Sooner assistant in UTSA head coach Steven Henson. The Roadrunners lost a one-point heartbreaker to St. Edwards on Wednesday, and tonight Lon Kruger and company will get their shot in San Antonio. The game tips off at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
- Bedlam on ABC was the highest rated college football game over the weekend. The kind of numbers it drew could play a factor in the future when slotting the Sooners vs. the Cowboys.
- Saturday was another huge recruiting weekend for Oklahoma with a star-studded group of prospects in attendance. Check out some captures of how their visits went.
Recruits in Norman for Bedlam absorb terrific environment.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) November 12, 2018
"It was crazy! I loved every part of my visit. I can’t wait to get up here!" — Spencer Rattler
https://t.co/CLNAddX2gq#NewWave19 | #Sooners pic.twitter.com/vIVvXaI2U3
- It was announced Saturday that Jalen Redmond has been ruled out for the season with the re-emergence of the blood clotting issues that originally sidelined him to start the season. The silver lining for him is that because he only appeared in three games, he should have this year of eligibility saved and taken as a redshirt. Additionally, the future prognosis is positive.
- My new goal in life is to wake up feeling dangerous every day, then maybe I too will break records and the internet like Baker Mayfield.
- So what did that dangerous feeling lead to? Mayfield had himself a Sunday for the ages. In fact, no other rookie quarterback in NFL history has ever done what No. 6 did against the Atlanta Falcons. His 151.3 passer rating is the highest ever for a rookie with a minimum of 20 attempts. Boomer!
- Speaking of Mayfield, there are compelling arguments for why he should be named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. If he keeps up his play from this weekend and continues to lead the Browns to more wins, it’ll be hard for anybody to choose somebody else over him.
Around the Sports World
- Make sure you check out the updated College Football Empires Map. Iowa State has control over several areas, including much of the state of Oklahoma.
- Just days after signing with the New Orleans Saints, Dez Bryant suffered a torn Achilles. The receiver was placed on injured reserve, and although his 2018 season is over, he could still play a role on the team in 2019.
- The Houston Rockets believe Carmelo Anthony has played his final minute for the team. The veteran scorer has been absent for the last two games with what has been described as an illness.
- What happened to Markelle Fultz? To me, it looks like he just had his basketball powers siphoned away from him like in Space Jam.
been watching this fultz video for hours and still can’t explain it pic.twitter.com/oPNhy2oR2r— Drew Corrigan (@Dcorrigan50) November 12, 2018
- From Chihuahua, Mexico to Heronville Elementary, Boxer Alex Saucedo has risen to the top of the boxing world and is preparing to become Oklahoma City’s first world champion in nearly 40 years. One of the people he has to thank for helping him reach this point is his third-grade teacher Tiffany Olvera, because she helped teach him to speak English.
Stick to Sports!
- The official teaser trailer for Toy Story 4 was just released by Disney Pixar. Looks like everybody’s favorite toys are back as Woody, Buzz, the Potato Heads and more are back for a fourth installment of epic playtime adventures. It’s almost hard to believe the first film in the franchise originally hit theaters 23 years ago in 1995. This movie is scheduled for a summer of 2019 release.
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