When the Oklahoma Sooners line up against the Oklahoma State Cowboys this Saturday for the 113th edition of the Bedlam Series, a number of native Oklahomans on both sides will play significant roles in deciding the outcome of the game. How guys like Tre Brown and Justice Hill perform will go a long way towards deciding how this one plays out.
Including the aforementioned Brown and Hill, which players from the Sooner State are poised to impact Bedlam on either side in 2018? As Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman writes, these numbers have dwindled over the years.
Impact Sooners from Oklahoma
WR Nick Basquine - Norman (Norman North HS) - Class of ‘14
Basquine is a fifth-year senior who will be playing in his final Bedlam game on Saturday. After becoming a reliable downfield target in 2016, he missed all of 2017 with an Achilles injury and missed the spring after tearing the other. Since he’s returned to the fold, he’s only logged three receptions for 32 yards (and nearly a TD pass on a beautifully-thrown ball), but the Norman North product will hopefully get some cracks during his final opportunity against the Cowboys.
S Justin Broiles - Oklahoma City (John Marshall HS) - Class of ‘17, four-star CB, No. 1 in OK, No. 83 nationally. Received offers from OU, OSU, Auburn, Michigan, Texas, Texas A&M and others.
Broiles can trash talk with the best of ‘em, but he’s not all bark. The redshirt freshman began the season penciled in as a starter in the Sooners’ young secondary, but has since been moved around in the rotation. Still, he figures to see the field plenty enough, and Oklahoma will need him to keep from getting beaten over the top by OSU’s Tylan Wallace and others.
CB Tre Brown - Tulsa (Union HS) - Class of ‘17, four-star CB, No. 3 in OK, No. 142 nationally. Received offers from OU, Florida, Texas, Penn State, USC and others.
Brown has gradually emerged as a difference maker in Oklahoma’s secondary. Coming into his sophomore season, he was probably most well-known for being a physical corner, but ask any of his teammates about him and they’ll rave about how his speed is what makes him truly special. If he has another strong outing this weekend, it’ll probably mean Oklahoma State had some trouble in the passing game.
OL Creed Humphrey - Shawnee (Shawnee HS) - Class of ‘17, four-star OC, No. 5 in OK, No. 294 nationally. Received offers from OU, OSU, Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M and others.
Humphrey is basically the epitome of ‘country strong’. Ever since the redshirt freshman arrived in Norman, he’s been regarded as one of the strongest players on the team, period. Now he’s the starting center on arguably the best offensive line in the nation, and he’s only getting better with every rep. If Oklahoma’s running backs have field days against the Cowboys, keep an eye out for big No. 56 paving the way in the highlights.
DE Tyreece Lott - Ardmore (Ardmore HS) - Class of ‘17, three-star DT, No. 19 in OK, No. 1,203 nationally. Received offers from OU, OSU, Kansas State, TCU and others.
Lott is a big-bodied, high-upside defensive lineman who flew under the radar for much of his recruiting process before gaining some late attention. Now in his sophomore season at OU, the Ardmore native has seen action in 10 contests dating back to his freshman campaign, but up to this point it’s mostly come in when outcomes were no longer in doubt. Still, as he continues to grow under the tutelage of Calvin Thibodeaux, he should develop into a solid defender in Oklahoma’s rotation.
FB Carson Meier - Tulsa (Union HS) - Class of ‘14, three-star TE, No. 10 in OK, No. 741 nationally. Received offers from OU, Duke, Washington State, Wisconsin and others.
Meier is the modern day, blue-collar football player who blocks defenders into the ground and enjoys every bit of it. The redshirt senior has done it his entire career, but this season he’s been rewarded with eight receptions for 129 yards and three scores. With so many weapons on the field at Kyler Murray’s fingertips, Meier often flies under the radar and catches defenses off-guard.
It's always good to see the fullback Carson Meier get some love. pic.twitter.com/exATZaYMnP— Anthony West (@antdwest) October 21, 2018
DT Marquise Overton - Tulsa (Jenks HS) - Class of ‘15, four-star DT, No. 4 in OK, No. 195 nationally. Received offers from OU, OSU, Baylor, Illinois, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and others.
After starting nine games in 2017, Overton has become a reliable option to call upon for the Sooners’ D-line. An early-season injury has hampered the junior’s 2018 season a bit, but he’s gradually returning to form. He and the rest of Oklahoma’s defensive linemen will need to play some of their best ball to contain Oklahoma State’s deep stable of running backs.
DE/OLB Jalen Redmond - Midwest City (Midwest City HS) - Class of ‘18, four-star DE, No. 4 in OK, No. 135 nationally. Received offers from OU, OSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, TCU and others.
After missing the first half of the season with a blood-clotting issue, Redmond has made a surprisingly quick recovery and is already making a difference on defense both in adding depth and with his play. The true freshman was a highly-sought-after prospect coming out of Midwest City, and looked every bit the part in the spring. If he can give the Sooners a more consistent presence of a pass rush against the Cowboys, that should help the struggling secondary tremendously.
WR Myles Tease - Tulsa (Booker T. Washington HS) - Class of ‘14
Tease began his collegiate career at the University of Central Oklahoma before walking on at Oklahoma. He was placed on scholarship in June and continues to be a model of hard-work and leadership on and off the field. While he may not be the first or second option on most plays, he’s always ready for his opportunity and is usually a good bet to either move the chains or find the end zone.
Other notable Sooners from the great state of OK:
Levi Draper (Collinsville), Patrick Fields (Tulsa), Jordan Kelley (Tulsa), Connor McGinnis (Oklahoma City), Tramonda Moore (Oklahoma City), Drake Stoops (Norman), Ron Tatum (Oklahoma City), Jon-Michael Terry (Tulsa), Isaiah Thomas (Tulsa), Brey Walker (Moore).
Impact Cowboys from Oklahoma
DE Jordan Brailford - Tulsa (Booker T. Washington HS) - Class of ‘14, three-star DE, No. 8 in OK, No. 334 nationally. Received offers from OSU, Baylor, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Washington State and others.
The junior out of Tulsa is a pass rushing nightmare for opposing tackles and quarterbacks. As a team, Oklahoma State leads the nation in sacks, and Brailford’s nine on the season leads the Big 12. Last season against Oklahoma he accounted for three tackles-for-loss, so preventing him from blowing up plays in the Sooners’ backfield this time around will be a definite point of emphasis.
Brailford with an Olimpico. Super clean. pic.twitter.com/dreYNLkGnz— Jared Stanger (@JaredStanger) September 21, 2018
LB Calvin Bundage - Edmond (Santa Fe HS) - Class of ‘16, three-star LB, No. 3 in OK, No. 427 nationally. Received offers from OU, OSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas A&M and others.
Bundage has elevated his level of play every season since he first suited up for the Cowboys in 2016. What he lacks in size he makes up for with a relentless motor. As you may recall, he was quite disruptive with that speed off the edge in last year’s contest. His sack output hasn’t been what it was in 2017, but he’s still a player that Lincoln Riley’s offense will have to account for.
DT Brendon Evers - Bixby (Bixby HS) - Class of ‘17, three-star DT, No. 14 in OK, No. 872 nationally. Received offers from OSU, Arkansas State, Ohio and Wyoming.
Evers is a young stalwart on the Cowboys’ D-line who should see his role expand significantly as he matures and receives more reps. He recorded his first career sack last week in Waco, and will look to make his presence felt in the trenches when he takes the field in his first Bedlam contest.
RB Justice Hill - Tulsa (Booker T. Washington HS) - Class of ‘16, three-star RB, No. 9 in OK, No. 963 nationally. Received offers from OSU, Houston, Kansas and Louisville.
Hill is undoubtedly one of the top offensive skill players in this matchup, regardless of which side. The ultra-talented tailback is second in the Big 12 in rushing and on the verge of his third-straight 1,000 yard season. Last season he ran roughshod all over Oklahoma’s defense to the tune of 228 yards and two touchdowns. If the Sooners are unable to contain No. 5 this time around, brace yourself for another shootout. Fortunately, Oklahoma has done well against high-quality running backs this season, and OSU’s offensive line isn’t exactly dominant.
Hill, who did not receive an OU offer, has been at the center of the trash talk this week. It all began when he posted a picture in Instagram in which he tagged OU players as “kids” and “littleboys”. I actually thought it was kind of funny, but it has heated things up a bit.
Justice Hill has quite the Instagram picture for the week ... pic.twitter.com/ftkSa2HmGi— Kegan Reneau (@KeganReneau) November 6, 2018
OSU's Justice Hill on Oklahoma.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) November 7, 2018
"I never recognized them, so it didn’t really matter. I really do not care about OU. Even if they would have offered me, it wouldn’t have made a difference."#BeatOSU | #Soonershttps://t.co/7KfVYbCC8R
DE Brock Martin - Oologah (Oologah HS) - Class of ‘17, three-star DE, No. 15 in OK, No. 1,000 nationally. Received offers from OSU, Baylor, Kansas State, Texas Tech and others.
Martin has played sparingly in 2018 after redshirting last year, but his ceiling is high, especially with Oklahoma State’s history of developing defensive linemen. In high school, he won three state titles as a wrestler, so he understands how to win the leverage battle better than most.
S Malcolm Rodriguez - Wagoner (Wagoner HS) - Class of ‘17, three-star QB, No. 23 in OK, No. 1,529 nationally. Received offers from OSU and Wyoming.
Rodriguez is a converted high school quarterback who began his Cowboy career in 2017. Now a college safety, his role in OSU’s secondary has expanded significantly this season after he won a starting spot in the preseason. In three games this season he’s notched double-digit tackles, and his most challenging test of the season comes this weekend. Kyler Murray leads the nation in yards per attempt, so that’s something Rodriguez and company have to prepare for.
WR Dillon Stoner - Tulsa (Jenks HS) - Class of ‘16, three-star S, No. 12 in OK, No. 1,091 nationally. Received offers from OSU, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas Tech, Washington State and others.
He was a safety in high school, but was recruited to Oklahoma State as a WR. Stoner hasn’t been quite the touchdown machine he was last season without Mason Rudolph passing to him, but he still poses a threat for unprepared defenses. He plays bigger than his actual size and is an exceptionally smooth route runner. He won’t often burn teams with his speed, but he’s a consistent playmaker.
At the end of the day, part of what makes Bedlam one of the nation’s most passionate in-state battles year in and year out is the closeness between the two sides. Sure, people with rooting interest in this rivalry are often co-workers, classmates, neighbors and even family members, but on the field there is often just as much familiarity between players. A win in this game means more that most other victories because a loss stings for an entire year.
So who will win this next batch of Bedlam bragging rights? That’ll be determined on Owen Field this Saturday, but one thing’s already for sure; the players born and raised in this state will certainly have something to say about the outcome before it’s all said and done.
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