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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Carson Meier looks to step up, Marcus Hicks reps OU, and more!

Also, four OU golfers are competing in this week’s U.S. Amateur.

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Happy Monday, friends and fans!

The Oklahoma Sooners typically never need to look far for motivation going into any given season, especially when they’re routinely labeled as ‘pretenders’ and ‘overrated’. But an even greater motivational tool can come in the form of a powerful message. It’s not uncommon for programs to bring in speakers to share their stories and provide a unique perspective that not only translates to football, but also to life.

This year, Oklahoma welcomed Navy SEAL and ‘Lone Survivor’ writer Marcus Luttrell. In his book, Luttrell explores his harrowing experience in Afghanistan during Operation Red Wing, an experience that would see all of his mission comrades pay the ultimate price.

There are a select number of inspiring people that I personally would relish to have the opportunity to listen to, and Luttrell is one of them. This Oklahoma team had the honor to hear from a highly esteemed individual, and knowing what he had to overcome to reach this point in his life is the epitome of motivating.

The season is almost here, and I’m willing to be the Sooners are ready to run through a wall after hearing from Marcus Luttrell.

Now onto some sizzling Hot Links! Freshman DaShaun White is making some preseason noise at linebacker, Oklahoma men’s golf brought an entire squad to the U.S. Amateur, Andrew Luck can throw a football over them mountains and more!

OU Links

  • Rodney Anderson is considered a dark horse Heisman candidate going into the 2018 season — even though he shouldn’t be considered a dark horse. It’s a rare feat for a college football program to have back-to-back Heisman winners, but if Anderson picks up where he left off and keeps that pace, he will almost certainly find himself in New York come early December.
  • Check out Tyler Palmateer’s five takeaways since the start of fall camp. Special teams could be seeing a boost in the return game, some young guys (including DaShaun White) are emerging on defense, and once again, Oklahoma is loaded at the skill positions.
  • Four-star defensive end commit Marcus Hicks has been pretty certain about his commitment to Oklahoma. Just how down is he with the Sooners? Check out what he painted in his personal parking spot at his high school. Boomer!
  • Redshirt senior fullback Carson Meier is a huge body and an excellent blocker, but going into his final season with the Sooners, he’s is ready for his chance to be a playmaker in Lincoln Riley’s offense.
  • Oklahoma is going to be well represented in this week’s U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach. Brad Dalke, Quade Cummins, Garett Reband and Patrick Welch are the four Sooners who will be competing in the competition, which runs Monday through Sunday. Good luck, guys, and Boomer!

Around the Sports World

  • On Sunday, at the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive, Tiger Woods had us feeling like it was the early aughts all over again. While Brooks Koepka ultimately won the tournament, Woods mesmerized audiences everywhere with his second-place finish after a show-stopping final round.
  • The Chicago Cubs were that team a couple years ago, and when the Washington Nationals led 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, rookie David Bote showed they still have much that magic in this walk-off grand slam. Awesome moment.
  • Florida Atlantic is serious about keeping Lane Kiffin in Boca Raton for as long a possible. When the Owls originally hired the offensive wonder, a clause was written into his contract that granted Kiffin a $2 million home loan that wouldn’t have to be paid back if he remained the head coach through 2021. That’s a great strategy for a Group of Five school looking to lock down one of the best offensive minds in the nation.
  • Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson revealed that rookie receiver Antonio Callaway was kept in the Browns’ preseason game against the New York Giants for nearly the entirety of the game as punishment for being cited for marijuana and a suspended license during a recent traffic stop. That’s kind of hardcore, Hue.
  • During practice on Sunday, Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill kicked rookie running back Kalen Ballage out of the team huddle for missing an assignment. Tannehill later spoke with Ballage about the decision and Ballage was receptive to the tough love.
  • I never really had much of an opinion on Andrew Luck, but now that he’s transformed himself into a real-life Uncle Rico, he might be my favorite player in the league behind Baker Mayfield.

Stick to Sports!

  • Danny Thompson, 69, set the new land speed record at 448.757 mph. Not only did Thompson set the new standard for piston-driven speed, he did so in his father’s 50 year-old vehicle. I wonder what 450 mph looks like (and feels like) in person. Incredible stuff.

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