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With the 2018 NFL Draft approaching quickly, discussions about Baker Mayfield’s potential landing spots figure to intensify. Now check this out — Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is working with ESPN on segments with several QBs entering the draft, and Baker Mayfield is one of those players. Take a look at this preview of what you can expect to see during the show:
Baker Mayfield talks about the Rose Bowl in this portion of his #QB2QB ESPN Interview with Russell Wilson. #Sooners— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) April 17, 2018
"I think I hate losing more than I love winning."
The complete episode will air at 6PM [CST] Tuesday on Sportscenter. pic.twitter.com/wzMjXaiSyj
I think it’s pretty cool for Wilson to sit down and have a conversation with a guy like Mayfield. Some won’t admit it, but those two actually have a quite a bit in common. The show, QB2QB, premiers tonight at 6 p.m. on SportsCenter.
Speaking of Mayfield, Kirk Herbstreit had some good things to say about him today.
Now for today’s edition of Hot Links! Mike Farrell dubs Oklahoma as RBU, A.D. Miller could have a breakout season this fall, Erick Young has Oklahoma in his top six and more!
- Maine grad transfer PG Aaron Calixte has chosen to play his final season at Oklahoma after officially visiting this past weekend. Jon Alba of Fox Maine, who first reported the decision, speaks glowingly of his character.
For those who don't know him, he's also a high-character, coachable player with a fantastic work ethic. All things that will suit him well at #Oklahoma.— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) April 17, 2018
- Troy Aikman thinks Baker Mayfield is the type of QB who can come in and start Day 1 in the league, but he also feels like out of all the QBs in the 2018 NFL Draft, Mayfield is the most immature. As most of you are aware, Troy’s Oklahoma-related opinions should probably be taken with a grain of salt due to his history with the program.
- The debate about which college football program is the real Running Back U is an ongoing argument that has many angles. Of course, Oklahoma’s argument for RBU is about as good as anybody’s, and according to Mike Farrell, the Sooners are in indeed the real RBU.
- With Mayfield having moved on from college, the Big 12 Conference doesn’t have a clear-cut Heisman contender entering the season. A panel of writers discussed who they feel some of the potential candidates are, and Rodney Anderson and Hollywood Brown’s names were mentioned as players that could receive Heisman attention with big seasons.
- Tight end Grant Calcaterra may have had the best day of anybody during the spring game, and it’s timely because his development figures to be crucial to the Oklahoma offense. If Calcaterra can effectively replace Mark Andrews’ production, the Sooners should have another major weapon to attack defenses with.
- Junior receiver A.D. Miller has been on the cusp of breaking out on a couple of occasions, but one thing after another has held him back from making an impact on the field. Is this the year it all finally comes together for Miller?
- The addition of Notre Dame graduate transfer Jay Hayes is groundbreaking, because while the Sooners aren’t unfamiliar with receiving transfers, it’s typically been at the receiver position. Bringing in a defensive lineman like Hayes shouldn’t be overlooked.
- Yesterday, former Oklahoma guard Kameron McGusty has announced a transfer to Miami to become a Hurricane. I wish him the best of luck with his new team.
First off I would like to thank god for the opportunity too be able to play at another Univeristy. Also I want to thank my friends and family for the support they have given With that being said, I have decided to commit to the University of Miami! Put em up #TheU pic.twitter.com/RfW7ZmBnvq— Kameron McGusty (@KamMcgusty) April 16, 2018
- Oklahoma baseball is still ranked in all five polls after a rocky weekend. The Sooners face a major test this weekend when they travel to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
- The No. 2-ranked Oklahoma softball squad is headed up north to Tulsa to take on the Golden Hurricane. With a win, the Sooners can extend their nation-leading winning streak to 30 games!
- Senior shortstop Kelsey Arnold has always played the leadership role well, and she uses the lessons from and memories of her late father to guide her on and off the field.
- Class of 2019 four-star cornerback Erick Young has narrowed his list of schools to six, and Oklahoma made the cut. Young is a teammate of current Oklahoma commit Jamal Morris.
Around the Sports World
- The Miami Heat tied up the series against the Philadelphia 76ers, and Dwyane Wade was asked what motivated him in the game. Turns out it was funny-man Kevin Hart. Look Kevin, if you love your Sixers, don’t mess with D-Wade.
- New York Jets lifer Nick Mangold has announced his official retirement from the NFL. Mangold played 11 seasons with the Jets from 2006 to 2016, and after being released from the team and sitting out the 2017 season, Mangold plans to sign a one-day contract so that he can retire as a Jet. Congratulations, Nick!
- Aaron Judge now holds the MLB record for the fewest games needed to reach 60 home runs. This guy sure has had a heck of a start to his career. Wow!
Aaron Judge broke Mark McGwire’s record for fewest games needed to reach 60 career homers. pic.twitter.com/VpO67AmcQO— ESPN (@espn) April 17, 2018
- This was a pretty epic save from Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen. That puck was screaming towards the goal, but Andersen said “Nope!”
stop what you're doing IMMEDIATELY and watch this insane save pic.twitter.com/nyzzHXXvwE— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 17, 2018
- A 400-pound BYU football player got himself stuck in a gymnastics foam pit. Apparently those foam pits can act a lot like quicksand, so you can imagine how difficult it was to free such a large human being from something like that. Luckily he’s totally fine, but he probably won’t jump in another foam pit any time soon.
Stick to Sports!
- Memes have really taken off in the last decade, but could it be that the first meme ever was published nearly 100 years ago? Amazingly, in a 1921 edition of Judge Magazine, it appears to include the first meme ever. I mean, if it isn’t the first, it has to be one of the earliest examples, right? Wow.
- Scientists have accidentally created a plastic-eating enzyme at a Japanese dump. This is obviously a major discovery because it expedites the completion of the recycling process exponentially. What’s particularly great about the enzyme is that it is produced by mutated bacterium, so its properties can be cultivated on an industrial scale. Science, man.
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