What’s up, Sooner Nation! Today is Pro Day for the Oklahoma Sooners, and NFL teams have sent representatives to Norman to watch the Sooners work out. There will be plenty of news coming from the Pro Day, but there’s also been news coming from spring practices.
According to Mike Stoops, Caleb Kelly is moving from SAM to WILL linebacker. Kelly is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but he’s already working on learning the position from a mental standpoint.
Stoops said Caleb Kelly (out w/injury) will move to WILL opposite Kenneth Murray next season, adds that it's a learning spring for him.— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) March 14, 2018
"(He) tries to process the calls and go through it as he stands back there. He’s still going to get a lot out of this spring"#Sooners
And speaking of Kelly’s surgery, Kelly informed reporters that he sustained the injury after the third week of the season. So essentially, Caleb Kelly played almost an entire season at linebacker with a bum shoulder. It’s amazing how dangerously thin the linebacker unit could have been had he gone down.
Caleb Kelly says he played the final 11 games with a torn labrum. Did it in first quarter of Tulane game. Missing spring after off season shoulder surgery. #Sooners— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) March 13, 2018
Now for today’s edition of Hot Links! Jeff Badet ran an insane 40-yard dash, Trae Young missed the cut for the Naismith, and Russell Westbrook recorded his 100th career triple-double!
- Make sure to catch all the action at Oklahoma’s Pro Day starting at 11 a.m. You can watch on Fox Sports Southwest, provided by Sooner Sports TV. You can also follow the results with the link provided in the tweet.
- Jeff Badet may have made himself some money today. Badet’s unofficial 40-yard dash time was 4.27, which would have been the fastest time for all players, regardless of position, at the NFL Combine. Also, his broad jump would have ranked second among receivers at the combine. Excellent work, Jeff!
- Orlando Brown also improved on many of his results from the NFL Combine, including the 40, which was incredibly underwhelming. Brown could still go high in the draft, but the first round might be out of reach still.
According to Oklahoma Orlando Brown ran a 5.63 40 today. Ran a 5.85 at the combine.— Andrew Groover (@APGroover) March 14, 2018
- Trae Young missed the final cut for the Naismith Award. It’s a shame that so much emphasis is placed on the team’s record for an individual award, but I suppose it’s not much different from how the Heisman Trophy winner is selected.
- Speaking of basketball, compete in our bracket challenge for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!
- Don’t know much about the Rhode Island Rams? We’ve got you covered with our Q&A.
- Running out of room is a problem no other Big 12 team has, because there’s only one Oklahoma.
- Oklahoma lost all its team captains from a season ago, and so too its leaders, but with spring ball underway, Parnell Motley and Kenneth Murray are stepping up with their voices.
- Lon Kruger’s team may have struggled to the regular-season finish line, but his fire hasn’t dwindled, and Oklahoma’s NCAA Tournament bid has given him and the team a jolt of energy.
- 2019 QB commit Spencer Rattler is still “100 percent committed to Oklahoma.” While other schools are still heavily recruiting him, Rattler remains steadfast in his commitment to the Sooners.
- Sam Bradford has now signed with the Arizona Cardinals, coming just days after the Cardinals parted ways with fellow former Sooner Adrian Peterson. I wish Bradford nothing but the best. Hopefully he can find some sustained success in Arizona.
- In other former Sooner related news, cornerback Aaron Colvin has signed a four-year contract for $34 million with the Houston Texans. Colvin was with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season.
- 2019 four-star defensive end Marcus Hicks is the No. 1 player in the state of Kansas, and has narrowed his choices down to 12, with Oklahoma making the cut.
I thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to get a degree and play football at the next level. In no specific order, these are my top schools at this time. Thank you to all the coaches who believe in me. I am truly grateful. Marcus Hicks pic.twitter.com/vKBqNI7bwA— Marcus Hicks (@harcus_micks) March 13, 2018
- 2019 five-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele is making a visit to Oklahoma. Tuitele is from Hawaii, and is a current USC lean, according to several scouts.
It’s been real Louisiana. Next stop, Oklahoma. #BoomerSooner— FAATUI TUITELE (@tuitele87) March 14, 2018
- C’mon, people. ‘Everyday’ is an adjective. ‘Every day’ is what you were looking for. For the record, I earned my bachelor’s in English, and I’m willing to volunteer as a proofreader OU Athletics.
Around the Sports World
- Russell Westbrook hit the century mark for triple doubles last night against the Atlanta Hawks. Congratulations on yet another milestone, Russ! If he can break Oscar Robertson’s all-time record of 181, it may be a record that won’t be broken in our lifetime.
- So which upsets are the most plausible in this year’s NCA Tournament? We’ve got you covered in this list of the most likely upsets to happen in the Big Dance.
- After the NFL’s ‘negotiating period,’ who are the top remaining free agents?
- If the March Madness winner was based on which school’s mascot could win, who would make it to the top? For the record, I feel like Oklahoma’s Schooner is so hard to judge, because it’s only fearsome if you get in front of it, but hey, there are tons of other strange mascot matchups. Check ‘em all out!
- This is pretty cool. LeBron James in Miami and Cleveland side by side, and both against the Phoenix Suns. The parallels are staggering.
Stick to Sports!
- Iconic and world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away peacefully at the age of 76. Hawking was most notably known for his work on black holes and relativity theories.
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