Bedlam obviously is a special game for fans of the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys. With so many families, friendships and relationships across the state divided by OU’s Crimson & Cream or OSU’s Orange and Black, this annual meeting presents a unique opportunity for trash talk at its most intimate level.
Many of the players who’ve defined this storied civil battle grew up on one side of the rivalry or the other. More often than not throughout history, the Sooners have finished on the winning side of Bedlam, owning an 88-18-7 overall record against the Cowboys. With that said, which potential impact players on either side could make a difference in the 114th edition of this contentious series?
Impact Sooners from Oklahoma
WR Nick Basquine - Norman (Norman North HS) - Class of ‘14, NR. Received an offer from New Mexico.
Basquine is the grand elder on the team for the Sooners. After an unfortunate history of recurring Achilles injuries, this will be the sixth Bedlam he’s been around the program for. However, at least this time around, he figures to be more of a factor in how the game pans out. On the season, the super senior is fifth on the team in both catches and receiving yards with 14 and 216, respectively, yet he’s still looking to score his first TD in 2019.
CB Tre Brown - Tulsa (Union HS) - Class of ‘17, four-star CB, No. 3 in OK, No. 142 nationally. Received offers from OU, Florida, Texas, Penn State, USC and others.
As a junior, Brown is one of the more experienced Sooners in the secondary, and that experience has helped him make some key plays over the course of his career. This season, he’s currently tied for seventh in total tackles with 32, and he’s second on the team in pass breakups with seven. In the past he’s typically stepped up in the biggest games, and Bedlam this weekend certainly falls under that category.
S Patrick Fields - Tulsa (Union HS) - Class of ‘18, three-star S, No. 11 in OK, No. 708 nationally. Received offers from OU, OSU, Notre Dame, TCU, Texas and others.
Shortly after Alex Grinch was brought in as the new DC, Fields was highlighted as one of the budding defensive players with a bright future. His hard work and determination has been the key ingredient to his success, and now he’s beginning to tap into the talent that’s been buried beneath the surface. When the Sooners need a momentum swinging play, the sophomore has often been up to the task. On the season, Fields is third on the team with both his 48 tackles and five pass breakups.
C Creed Humphrey - Shawnee (Shawnee HS) - Class of ‘17, four-star C, No. 5 in OK, No. 294 nationally. Received offers from OU, OSU, Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M and others.
If O-line coach Bill Bedenbaugh were to draw up his ideal offensive lineman, he might look something like Creed Humphrey. He’s massive for a center, standing at 6’5” and over 315 pounds. Also, his long arms are essential for optimal reach in the trenches. Finally, if the gravy on top isn’t his superhuman strength, it’s his high football I.Q. Since the start of his redshirt freshman season, he’s been running the show up front. By many accounts he’s a future first-round talent, and he hasn’t done anything this season to muddy those expectations. Chances are good he’ll play a huge role on Saturday, as he does in virtually every other game.
DT Marquise Overton - Tulsa (Jenks HS) - Class of ‘15, four-star DT, No. 4 in OK, No. 195 nationally. Received offers from OU, OSU, Baylor, Illinois, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and others.
Overton’s career has steadily and consistently climbed as he’s developed his physical tools and gained quality experience. Because of that, it’s no surprise that he’s having arguably his most impactful season yet as a senior. Through 11 games, he’s totaled 15 tackles, including four for a loss, along with a couple QB hurries. His veteran leadership has been just as vital as his actual presence on the D-line, and the group as a whole is all the better for his contributions.
DL Jalen Redmond - Midwest City (Midwest City HS) - Class of ‘18, four-star DE, No. 4 in OK, No. 135 nationally. Received offers from OU, OSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, TCU and others.
After a promising freshman season was derailed due to a blood-clotting issue, Redmond redshirted in 2018 and has come back as good as advertised. He’s one of the most naturally gifted athletes on Oklahoma’s defense, and he continues to take giant steps forward in his progression by the game. He possesses tremendous ability as a pass rusher, and it shows through his statistics. Through 11 games, he’s second on the team with four sacks, and seven of his 16 total tackles have been for a loss.
DL LaRon Stokes - Tulsa (NOAH Homeschool, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) - HS Class of ‘17, JUCO Class of ‘19, three-star DE, No. 3 JUCO in OK, No. 64 nationally. Received offers from OU, OSU, Oregon, Houston, Virginia Tech and others.
Stokes has been a true diamond in the rough for OU. After transferring from the JUCO ranks in the spring of 2019, the Tulsa native immediately began to turn heads and make an impression on his coaches. As he’s continued to acclimate to the level of competition, his production has also grown over the course of the season. He’s been stout as a run stuffer, and should only get better with added experience. 4.5 of his 12 tackles have gone for minus yardage.
WR Drake Stoops - Norman (Norman North HS) - Class of ‘18, three-star WR, No. 20 in OK, No. 1540 nationally. Received offers from Iowa, Memphis, SMU and others.
With a name like Stoops, you don’t need a history lesson to know Drake comes from quite the college football pedigree. Even though his father, Bob, is no longer running the show in Norman, this redshirt freshman receiver is finding other ways to make an impact on the field. In 2019, he’s caught six passes for 67 yards, and has assumed the role of punt returner in spots. Bedlam would be a perfect time for him to finally reach the end zone for the first time in his young career.
Other notable Sooners from the great state of Oklahoma:
DB Justin Broiles (Oklahoma City), LB Levi Draper (Collinsville), RB Marcus Major (Oklahoma City), QB/H Connor McGinnis (Oklahoma City), LB Bryan Mead (Owasso), DL Isaiah Thomas (Tulsa), Brey Walker (Moore)
Impact Cowboys from Oklahoma
DT Israel Antwine - Oklahoma City (Millwood HS) - Class of ‘18, three-star DT, No. 15 in OK, No. 852 nationally. Received offers from OSU, Baylor, Georgia, Texas and others.
Israel Antwine’s story is quite remarkable. After beginning his college career at Colorado, he and his family decided it was best for him to transfer to OSU after his head coach and college advisor were replaced. Those people played a big role in bringing Antwine to Boulder, and because he’s on the autism spectrum, the changes were negatively affecting his performance as a student-athlete more so than others. For these reasons, he was granted immediate eligibility to play in 2019, and he’s been a force for the Cowboys up front. He has an innate ability to pressure the pocket, and two of his 19 tackles this season have gone for sacks.
Israel Antwine had his best game with #OKState to date against TCU. The former #OKPreps standout finished with 5 tackles & a sack. This is also the most emotion I've ever seen from him. pic.twitter.com/BFZwIMbDh6— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) November 4, 2019
OG Bryce Bray - Bixby (Bixby HS) - Class of ‘18, three-star OG, No. 10 in OK, No. 617 nationally. Received offers from OSU, OU, Iowa State and others.
For all the publicity RB Chuba Hubbard receives in the headlines (and deservedly so), this redshirt freshman guard out of Bixby has been one of the reasons why the Cowboys have churned out such a strong running game. Even as a young pup, Bray’s already a mountain of a man at 6’5” and over 300 pounds. If the Sooners want any chance at containing Hubbard, the war daddies in the trenches will have to deal with Bray, first.
DE Trace Ford - Edmond (Santa Fe HS) - Class of ‘19, three-star DE, No. 5 in OK, No. 389 nationally. Received offers from OSU, Baylor, Cornell, Princeton and others.
As a true freshman, Ford is truly a star in the making. Not only is he a special athlete on the field, he’s an excellent student in the classroom. He turned down two Ivy League offers to play for the Cowboys, and has been wreaking havoc for opposing offenses since the season kicked off. In total, he’s recorded 22 total tackles, including two sacks, and he even has an interception. The future is bright for this young OSU playmaker.
Trace Ford remains a dude. And a true freshman. pic.twitter.com/rNVS1xLUv9— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 5, 2019
S Malcolm Rodriguez - Wagoner (Wagoner HS) - Class of ‘17, three-star QB, No. 23 in OK, No. 1,529 nationally. Received offers from OSU and Wyoming.
Rodriguez is a converted high school QB turned collegiate safety. His role in the Cowboys’ secondary has expanded significantly over the course of his career. He roams the field with great instincts, and is a straight up thumper when the opportunity arises. This season, he leads the team in total tackles with 83. He’s also broken up three passes, recorded an interception, a fumble and a sack. Against Oklahoma’s offense, he’ll be a key difference maker one way or another.
WR Dillon Stoner - Tulsa (Jenks HS) - Class of ‘16, three-star S, No. 12 in OK, No. 1,091 nationally. Received offers from OSU, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas Tech, Washington State and others.
Stoner was a safety in high school, but was recruited to Oklahoma State as a WR. Without Spencer Sanders behind center or Tylan Wallace drawing attention in the secondary, this Tulsa product will have to take his game to another level. He plays bigger than his actual size and is an exceptionally smooth route runner. He won’t often burn teams with his speed, but he’s savvy enough to find the open spaces in a defense, has exceptional hands, and is a reliable playmaker. On the season, he has 41 receptions for 537 yards and five touchdowns.
WR Landon Wolf - Tulsa (East Central HS) - Class of ‘16, NR. Received no D-I offers coming out of high school.
Similar to Oklahoma’s Nick Basquine, Oklahoma State’s Landon Wolf began his college career as a largely unheralded walk-on in 2016. Fortunately for the Cowboys, his unrelenting drive propelled him up the depth chart, and at the beginning of the 2018 season he was rewarded for his efforts by being placed on scholarship. This fall he’s played an important role, especially as of late with the aforementioned Wallace out for the season. In 10 games, Wolf has 22 catches for 177 yards, with about a third of that production coming in just the last three games.
This throw by Spencer Sanders to Landon Wolf. pic.twitter.com/6pDWUwZaXw— Kyle Cox (@KyleCoxPFB) August 31, 2019
Other notable Cowboys from the great state of Oklahoma:
DT Brendon Evers (Bixby), DE Brock Martin (Oologah), WR C.J. Moore (Tulsa), OL Ry Schneider (Minco)
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