Happy Monday, friends and fans!
Every season, a player has a breakout year for the Oklahoma Sooners that seemingly comes from out of nowhere. Often times outside circumstances like injuries or other players not meeting a particular standard help allow these out-of-the-blue stars like redshirt freshman running back Kennedy Brooks the opportunity to shine.
Not only is Brooks shining on the biggest stages, he’s on pace to do something nobody else has ever done in the history of the Big 12. His running style is relaxed and smooth, his balance is Zen-like, and his production is off the charts.
Against Texas, Brooks only carried the ball three times, but those three carries went for 34 yards. Now he’s averaging over 20 carries per game since Bedlam. With how much Oklahoma’s backfield has diminished since that fateful day in the Cotton Bowl, the game plan this time around will definitely call upon the young and talented running back a heck of a lot more often.
Now onto this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Kyler Murray is a chess man, Ohio loves Baker Mayfield, Tom Herman and David Beaty are joining forces to take down the Sooners and more!
- For their superb performances on Friday night in Morgantown, Kyler Murray, Kennedy Brooks and Austin Seibert each brought home Big 12 weekly honors. Boomer!
- Everyone who’s watched him play knows Kyler Murray has jets on his feet and a rocket for an arm. The part of his game that receives less attention is his football IQ. If it weren’t for his hyper intelligence on the field, his elite athleticism wouldn’t be enough to make him the player he is today. And of course, the man loves to play chess.
- Statistically, what Murray has done this season is simply otherworldly. I’ll just leave this here.
- Once again, the Sooners were must-see TV. With ratings like these, perhaps Oklahoma deserves more prime time slots. Just a thought.
- With a rematch against Texas just days away, Oklahoma’s defense will have a second chance to contain the Longhorns’ offense. Last time around, practically nothing was done to stop Sam Ehlinger and company from moving the ball at will, and that ultimately led to Mike Stoops’ dismissal.
- So just how close is the debate between Oklahoma and Ohio State? Should both teams win their respective conference championship games, the resumes could be virtually identical when balanced out.
- Baker Mayfield had himself another outstanding day on Sunday, and now he’s stringing together top-notch performances in ways rookie QBs never have before.
Baker Mayfield is first rookie quarterback in NFL history to record a 140+ passer rating in consecutive games (minimum 20 attempts).— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) November 26, 2018
- There’s no telling how many children in the state of Oklahoma and Ohio will be named Baker in the coming years, but there’s already one in the works right here. How glorious!
- 2019 WR prospect Arjei Henderson has announced that he is no longer an Oklahoma commit.
I would like to thank the University of Oklahoma for all the drive and support throughout this process. It wasn’t an easy decision. With that being said i will be re-opening my recruitment. I am now open to all schools!— Hendi™ (@king_hendi) November 26, 2018
Around the Sports World
- Mack Brown is back among the active coaching ranks as it’s being reported that he has accepted the head coaching job offer from North Carolina. Brown, the Longhorn legend, calls Chapel Hill his second home after coaching there before he took over in Austin.
- Meanwhile on the Forty Acres, Tom Herman and the Longhorns are bringing in recently fired Kansas coach David Beaty for assistance in preparation for the Big 12 Championship Game. Only problem is, Beaty is having trouble leaving Kansas City due to the inclement weather. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Tom Herman confirms that Texas will be using former Kansas coach David Beaty to help prepare the Longhorns for the Big 12 title game. Said they’re having trouble getting him to Texas because of the snow in Kansas City.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 26, 2018
- Now that Kliff Kingsbury is out as the Texas Tech head coach, the possibility of him winding up in Alabama as the offensive coordinator is intriguing, and that would be very scary for future SEC defenses.
- As is the case this time every season, coaching vacancies are cropping up all over the nation. So which coaches (or coach) are the top candidates (or candidate) for the current openings?
- After Week 13 of the college football season, where do teams stack up on the Empires Map heading into conference championship weekend?
- Kalin Bennett is a center who recently signed with Kent State, officially becoming the first Division 1 player on the autism spectrum to be on a basketball scholarship. Kalin’s story is incredible, and his message is inspiring.
“I want to use this platform to inspire other kids with autism and non-autism. I want to let them know, hey, if I can do this, you can do it, too."— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 26, 2018
- Kalin Bennett on becoming the first player with autism to get D1 basketball scholarship.https://t.co/3QMDkhWkA8
Stick to Sports!
- With a reboot of the 1986 action classic Big Trouble Little China starring Dwayne Johnson currently in the works, original star Kurt Russell has yet to confirm if his character will be making an appearance in the upcoming film. We can’t have more trouble without the one and only Jack Burton, right? That’s preposterous.
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