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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Offensive line named a finalist for the Joe Moore Award

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The OU offensive line was snubbed in 2017, but the same mistake wasn’t made a second time.

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What’s up, everybody?

The Joe Moore Award finalists have been announced, the Oklahoma Sooners are rightfully in the final running for the honor of boasting the nation’s top offensive line.

The other two finalists for the award are Alabama and Georgia. If you recall, Oklahoma was controversially left out of the group of finalists in 2017 when it could have been argued that the Sooners fielded the nation’s best O-line. No such snub this time around.

All three groups would be deserving of winning the award, as each unit has done exceptional jobs at protecting their quarterbacks and opening lanes for their running games. However, as well as this particular group has played down the stretch, they deserve it. In Oklahoma’s case, Kyler Murray has only been sacked 15 times on 340 pass attempts, and the OU offense is second in the nation at yards per rush (6.7). This group also has a bit of a nasty streak. Just ask Breckyn Hager (but not on Twitter, because he deleted his account after the game).

Now for today’s Hot Links! Oklahoma hoops plays Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden in NYC, Trae Young is recognized for his outstanding month, Urban Meyer announces his retirement and more.

OU Links

  • Oklahoma is quickly transforming itself into QBU. With many past greats having accomplished so much, Kyler Murray has put himself right up there among the best of the best.
  • One of Kyler Murray’s internal goals has always been to win the Heisman, and now he’s just days away from potentially becoming Oklahoma’s seventh winner in school history. He wasn’t surprised to learn he was a finalist, but he will be appreciative should he come away with the honor.
  • Kenneth Murray said he found out his Sooners made the CFP while he was at church and celebrated outside.
  • Although this year’s Oklahoma football team is heavily flawed on one side of the ball, the Sooners are where they’ve always wanted to be. The road to this point wasn’t ideal, but if this team has proven anything, it’s that there are many ways to win.
  • Speaking of which, Ruffin McNeill should be commended for the adjustments he made for the rematch against Texas, and Allen Kenney does just that.
  • Oklahoma Basketball takes on Notre Dame tonight at CT in Madison Square Garden as part of the annual Jimmy V Classic. This game will provide another measuring stick for how good these Sooners can be, as well as bolster their resume when it comes time to deliberate on the NCAA Tournament.
  • Speaking of b-ball, former Sooner hoopster Trae Young was named the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month! Congrats, young fella!
  • Check out multi-sport athlete Lon Kruger from the archives. Brow game strong!
  • Butler (FCS) offensive tackle Tommy Kennedy is a graduate transfer prospect and is reporting an offer from Oklahoma. Current starting tackles Bobby Evans and Cody Ford are both redshirt juniors, but either one of them could take their talents to the NFL after this season.

Around the Sports World

  • In a saga that spanned the last four months, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer has announced his retirement effective following the Buckeyes’ upcoming Rose Bowl matchup against Washington. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will also be named head coach when Meyer steps down.
  • Kliff Kingsbury has reportedly agreed to a deal with USC. The Trojans’ offense has struggled over the years, and without Sam Darnold this season, it was apparent the team needed to evolve.
  • Louisville has finally found their man in long time Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield. Under Satterfield, App State has won the Sun Belt Conference three-years running.
  • Mychal Kendricks is now able to play for the Seattle Seahawks after serving an 8-game suspension. In January, Kendricks will be sentenced for his role in insider-trading before his time in Seattle.
  • Colt McCoy broke his leg on Monday night against the Eagles, so now recently acquired backup Mark Sanchez is Washington’s signal caller going forward.
  • Looks like the NHL is expanding to 32 teams as a unanimous vote from the Board of Governors elects to bring hockey to Seattle.

Stick to Sports!

  • Google’s Arts & Culture app has released a new feature that allows people to experience virtual art galleries, specifically from the collection of Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. One of the most iconic pieces that can be viewed through the feature is the famous ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’. Digital and/or virtual buildings are quickly gaining traction in the rapidly advancing age of modernity.

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