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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: The future of Justin Fields, Nick Saban on Kyler Murray, and more!

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Also, what lessons were learned from the first Early Signing Period?

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What’s up, everybody?

Tell me if you’ve heard this before. The Oklahoma Sooners could be in the running for a talented transfer quarterback. Justin Fields, a 6’3”, 225-pound dual-threat QB from Kennesaw, Georgia, was the No. 2 overall recruit in the class of 2018. He signed with UGA, but with Jake Fromm cementing himself as the Bulldogs’ starter, there are reports that Fields is exploring a transfer.

Here’s an interview clip of him following the SEC Championship Game.

If Fields does elect to go with a change of scenery, three of the schools reportedly on his short list would be Florida State, Ohio State and Oklahoma, with Miami also rumored to be a factor. The former five-star has not yet confirmed his intentions to transfer or possibly remain in Athens, but if he does decide to go elsewhere, the Sooners’ recent success with transfer QBs, along with the prospects of studying under the tutelage of Lincoln Riley, have to be incredibly enticing.

In accordance with transfer rules, Fields would have to sit out one year if he does decide to transfer within the FBS level unless he can obtain a waiver from the NCAA (which is not outside the realm of possibility).

No matter what happens, it’s safe to say that Oklahoma will be in good hands with whoever is behind center as long as Riley is calling the shots. Currently, Spencer Rattler, the No. 1 overall QB from the class of 2019, is expected to sign with the Sooners. Plus there are already guys like Austin Kendall and Tanner Mordecai on campus who have the ability to run the offense at a fairly high level should they be called upon. Having said that, Fields is an all-world talent who — if approved for an eligibility waiver — could hold down the position for a couple of seasons, hand it off the Rattler and depart for the NFL.

In reference to the tweet above, Miami would still be very tough to beat for Haselwood, but this would be quite the package deal.

Now for some Hot Links! By winning the CFP, Oklahoma can prove offense wins championships, you can have your picture taken with Kyler Murray’s Heisman tonight, Saban says Tua Tagovailoa’s ankle is ahead of schedule and more!

OU Links

  • Okay, Nick, so does this mean if you had Kyler Murray on your team, he’d be starting ahead of Tua Tagovailoa? Asking for all my Alabama friends.
  • The old adage that defense wins championships isn’t quite outdated, but it may not be as definite as it used to be. At least Oklahoma is trying to prove that offense can win championships, too.
  • If you want to check out Kyler Murray’s Heisman Trophy and possibly have your picture taken with it, come on down to Lloyd Noble Center tonight during the Oklahoma men’s basketball game against Creighton.
  • Students get in free, but if you can’t make it to the game tonight, here’s how you can catch all the hardwood the action. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. CT, and will be broadcast on ESPNU.
  • Matt Freeman has been a sharp-shooter from deep for the Sooners through 10 games, and his elevated play has reestablished him in Oklahoma’s rotation.
  • Check out the number of offers each of the Power Five schools have sent out during the 2019 recruiting cycle. Oklahoma checks in well below the average, as does Ohio State and Clemson. It’s interesting that Alabama is the one other elite blue-bloods who has offered well above the P5 average. It should be noted that not all of these offers are still committable.

Around the Sports World

  • Now that we’re entering the second ever early signing period, what are the lessons you should know now that you likely weren’t expecting or prepared for this time last year? For starters, it’s sort of a mixed bag for the recruits themselves.
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Chicago Bulls by 25, but the headlining takeaway happened towards the end of the game when Kris Dunn shoved Russell Westbrook. Teammates from both sides gradually became involved, and the result was a lot of tall humanity.
  • James Harden is a great player, there’s no denying that, but this has to be called a travel. He literally took four steps without putting the ball down.
  • Nick Saban says QB Tua Tagovailoa’s rehab is ahead of schedule since coming off ankle surgery following the SEC Championship Game. The runner-up for the Heisman Trophy has been limited in practice, but with a little under two weeks remaining before the semifinals, he still has time to progress further.
  • Stanford’s Bryce Love has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft and also announced that he will not participate in the Cardinal’s bowl game against Pittsburgh.

Stick to Sports!

  • Actor Alfonso Ribeiro, popularly known for playing Carlton Banks on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire’, is the latest celebrity to take issue with the worldwide phenomenon game ‘Fortnite’ for using his signature original dance without permission or compensation. With how much money ‘Fortnite’ is making, I’m sure the two sides can come to some sort of settlement, because ‘The Carlton’ is one of the dopest dance moves out there and it should be credited to him properly.

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