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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Lee Morris up for Burlsworth Trophy, Cody Ford works to control emotions, and more!

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Also, Trey Sermon has been on a diet, and it’s paying off.

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It’s no secret that Oklahoma is one of if not the best running back factory in college football. Trey Sermon, who ranks third among running backs in the Big 12 with 722 rushing yards and second with 6.3 yards per carry, is just the latest Sooner back who will likely eclipse 1,000 yards on the season before the 2018 campaign reaches its end.

What’s been different about Sermon this season versus his true freshman year in 2017 is his increased agility. The Oklahoma Sooners’ workhorse has been known as the most physical runner of any back in Norman since he arrived on campus. This year he’s changed his body, and is running with all the same physicality while being even more agile. His combination of power and quickness make him one of the best offensive threats OU has.

After setting a career high in yards and touchdowns last Saturday, Sermon will look to carry that momentum into Bedlam. As the Sooners’ backup rusher last season, he recorded 81 yards and a score in Stillwater. With his increased role as a starter, plus his more refined skills as a runner, I suspect he’ll have an even bigger impact both on the field and in the box score this time around.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! Cody Ford is focused on reigning in his emotions on the field, Orlando Brown is becoming a mainstay on the Ravens’ O-line, Mike Gundy is considering benching players and more!

OU Links

  • Congratulations to receiver Lee Morris for being named a 2018 Burlsworth Trophy semi-finalist. The Burlsworth is awarded to the nation’s best player who began his career as a walk-on. Baker Mayfield won the trophy in 2015 and 2016.
  • On Monday, Lincoln Riley told reporters Brendan Radley-Hiles missed the Texas Tech game for an injury that was not concussion related. He also informed the media that Marquise Brown has been playing through a minor injury since the TCU game.
  • Creed Humphrey will be instrumental this weekend for Oklahoma’s run game against Oklahoma State’s defensive front, which leads the nation in sacks.
  • Against Texas Tech, Cody Ford very easily could have missed the majority of the game after throwing a jab to the side of a Red Raider’s facemask. The talented right tackle vowed to never let his emotions get the best of him again. For what it’s worth, it appears that the Tech player spit in his face. You may have to watch it a few times, but focus on the right side of Ford’s facemask...
  • As the college football regular season draws closer towards the end, the stakes increase and the pressure intensifies. The Sooners have to do a better job of handling the tough moments and channel that energy in a more productive manner going forward.
  • The Oklahoma women’s basketball team cruised to a dominant 119-45 victory over Northeastern State in an exhibition match on Monday night. The regular season opener is this Friday, November 9th, at 7 p.m. against Western Kentucky.
  • Make sure you check out how the Sooners in the NFL performed over the weekend. Baker Mayfield played his first game since the Browns fired Hue Jackson and Todd Haley, and Sam Bradford was released by the Cardinals.
  • Nobody in Norman is surprised to hear about how well Orlando Brown is performing in Baltimore. He might go down as one of the greatest examples of a player whose numbers at the NFL combine totally misrepresent the kind of elite talent he truly is. I’m talking Tom Brady levels of misleading.

Around the Sports World

  • Mike Gundy told the media he’s mulling over the idea of benching players who commit bad penalties. In last Saturday’s loss to Baylor, the Cowboys committed 12 penalties for 133 yards.
  • Russell Westbrook put arch nemesis Patrick Beverley to sleep last week, and BreakingT has a t-shirt to celebrate the... celebration. You can purchase the shirts here. Trust us — they’re top-notch.
  • Speaking of Westbrook, he rolled his left ankle against the Pelicans on Monday night, and was unable to return to the game because of it. It’s unclear how much time he could miss, if any at all, but luckily it’s not anything too serious.
  • Florida State head coach Willie Taggart says offensive coordinator Walt Bell will continue to call plays for the Seminoles after doing so on Saturday in the loss to NC State. This is significant because Taggart has been the play caller for his teams for years, dating back to his previous stints at USF and Oregon.
  • Free agent wide receivers Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall will work out for the New Orleans Saints. Bryant was released by Dallas before the season started, but could be a huge pick-up for Drew Brees.
  • Terrell Owens did it back in the day, so why not Titans safety Kevin Byard? Dancing on the Dallas Star is about as disrespectful as it gets in the NFL, apparently, but if you don’t like it, do something about it.

Stick to Sports!

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