Happy Monday, friends and fans!
Despite being sidelined for the Oklahoma Sooners’ historic come-from-behind victory last weekend, junior WR CeeDee Lamb has officially been named a semifinalist for the 2019 Biletnikoff Award — an honor reserved for the nation’s top receiver.
Even without playing against Baylor, Lamb’s numbers this season are just north of ridiculous. He leads the FBS in yards-per-catch for receivers with 40 or more receptions. He’s also tied for second in the nation with 13 touchdowns. Overall, he exhibits all the traits you want to see in a future NFL superstar — phenomenal hands, superb route-running skills, imposing size and strength, great speed, elite vision, and the innate ability to make a big play when it’s not immediately there.
If Lamb is announced a finalist next Monday, he’ll have an excellent case to become just the second Oklahoma receiver all-time to bring home the Biletnikoff hardware. In 2016, Dede Westbrook became the first Sooner to be awarded with the nation’s top WR honor.
Now onto this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Jalen Hurts is still evolving, Trae Young meets the Mamba, Tua has surgery and more.
- Looks like the entirety of Championship November will be played under the lights now that Bedlam is officially scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT kickoff on FOX. Think the atmosphere will be wild in Stillwater? SPOILER: Yes, it will be lit.
- Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler called Oklahoma’s wild win in Waco, and after the game they shared their thoughts on the warrior that is Jalen Hurts. This is some high-quality content right here.
- This is a prime example of why Toby Rowland is the best at what he does. Check out his call of the game-clinching interception from Nik Bonitto on the Sooner Radio Network.
- Following an epic conclusion in Bear territory, senior dual-threat QB Jalen Hurts was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s National Offensive Player of the Week. When it mattered most, he stepped up and led OU to a memorable comeback.
- Speaking of Hurts, despite having so much career experience coming into last Saturday, he showed that he still has plenty of room to grow. Best of all, he didn’t wait to learn from his mistakes, and in the end it paid off with a victory for the ages. The Norman Transcript’s Tyler Palmateer has more.
- Mike Houck wants to let the college football world know that Oklahoma is far more than a one-trick pony this season. The offense is still elite, but the defense is now tops in the Big 12 in some very key statistical categories. Boomer!
Every Big 12 football team has played 7 conference games. The #Sooners lead the league in total offense (540.1 ypg) AND total defense (348.0 ypg). OU also leads in passing defense (206.0 ypg) and ranks 3rd in rushing defense (142.0 ypg).— Mike Houck (@mhouckOU) November 17, 2019
- The OU men’s basketball team is back in Norman tonight to take on William & Mary. Lon Kruger’s Sooners are 3-0 and have been displaying an entertaining brand of basketball against some respectable competition. Tip-off for tonight is set for 6 p.m. CT and can be seen on FOX Sports Oklahoma.
- Speaking of Sooner hoops, former Oklahoma phenom Trae Young caught up with the one and only ‘Black Mamba’ himself — Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. Also, I spy a couple Migos in the background.
- In case you missed it, the fine folks over at BreakingT have come up with another design that will surely have you reliving all the Sooner Magic at McLane Stadium. Baylor’s early lead ballooned to 28-3, but beyond that, the rest is history. This sweet design comes in both t-shirt and hoodie forms, so grab yourself a couple right away!
Around the Sports World
- The big news for most of the weekend coming out of Week 12 in college football was the season-ending injury to Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. The junior QB suffered a dislocated hip and posterior wall fracture, and is undergoing surgery on Monday. Fortunately, he’s expected to make a full recovery.
- Indianapolis Colts OL Quenton Nelson probably had this one in his back pocket for years, but he was finally able to bust out this incredible keg stand TD celebration. Unfortunately, the score was reversed, but he’ll forever have this moment immortalized in history.
- On Sunday, Kyle Busch secured the second NASCAR Cup Series of his career. After it was made official, Busch and his son took a victory lap around the track, which is always cool. And check out that trophy. It sure is something else. Congratulations, KB!
- Kobe Bryant sat courtside at the Staples Center to watch LeBron James and the L.A. Lakers take on the Atlanta Hawks. Of course you know they had to pay the man their respects for all he accomplished as an icon in the world of sports and beyond.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles #Lakers:— Dan Duangdao (@DanDuangdao) November 18, 2019
5X NBA champion,
2X NBA Finals MVP,
1X NBA MVP,
18X NBA All-Star,
4X NBA All-Star Game MVP,
11X All-NBA First Team,
9X NBA All-Defensive First Team,
2X NBA scoring champion,
1X NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion,
1X Oscars winner,
& 1X Emmy winner. pic.twitter.com/dfkzuFVUPY
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