Happy Thursday, friends and fans!
The annual College Football Awards Show kicks off in Atlanta tonight at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN, with the preceding red carpet show on ESPNU at 5 p.m. CT. Many of the winners won’t be announced until tonight, but one thing’s for sure — there will be plenty of attention on three Oklahoma Sooners for some major honors.
.@_CeeDeeThree and @JalenHurts admiring the Georgia Aquarium at the CFB Awards dinner. Show is Thursday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN. Red Carpet Show on ESPNU at 5.— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) December 12, 2019
We too deep...under the sea.#OUDNA #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/ZhRgOHCUp3
QB Jalen Hurts is a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award and the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s top quarterback and top overall player, respectively. WR CeeDee Lamb is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award as he’s in contention for being named the nation’s top receiver. Finally, Creed Humphrey is up for the Rimington Trophy, an honor reserved for the top center in college football, whose winner is scheduled to be announced during the Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.
Of course, the Heisman Trophy is the ultimate honor that will be handed out this awards season, and that ceremony takes place in New York this Saturday at 7 p.m. CT, live on ESPN. Oklahoma is quite familiar with this award, having won it seven times, including each of the past two season. This time around, Hurts is one of four finalists for the prestigious stiff-arm trophy, so stay tuned to see where he’s slotted in this year’s Heisman voting.
Now for today’s Hot Links! Oklahoma’s 2026 non-conference schedule is complete, Baker and Kyler go head-to-head, Joe Burrow wins the AP’s highest individual honor and more!
- CeeDee Lamb and Creed Humphrey were both named All-Americans as voted on by writers from The Athletic ($). The junior WR made the First Team, while the redshirt sophomore center landed on the Second Team. If you don’t have a subscription to The Athletic, I highly recommend it, as Jason Kersey does a phenomenal job covering your Sooners.
- CBS Sports also recognized Lamb on its First Team All-Americans list, as well as OU redshirt freshman kicker Gabe Brkic. Humphrey was also picked for the Second Team.
- The New Mexico Lobos have reportedly been added to Oklahoma’s 2026 non-conference schedule. After opening the season against UTEP in Norman, the Sooners will travel to Ann Arbor to face the Michigan Wolverines the following week before returning home to face UNM.
- Redshirt senior DT Neville Gallimore recently talked about defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux and why he’s been an essential part of his growth and development as a focal point on Oklahoma’s defense.
- When the Arizona Cardinals and the Cleveland Browns play each other this Sunday, OU Heisman Trophy winners Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield will go head-to-head for the first time in what hopes to be long and prosperous NFL careers. Recently, K1 was asked about what he learned under his former Sooner predecessor.
- Unfortunately for fans of these two Sooner legends, this game is not going to be televised locally for viewers in Oklahoma. That’s just lame.
The Browns-Cardinals Baker/Kyler Bowl not being broadcasted locally in Oklahoma seems like a misfire #Sooners— Josh Callaway (@JoshCallaway714) December 11, 2019
- Murray was asked about facing Mayfield, his former OU teammate, and if there are any bragging rights on the line. K1 usually gives some pretty good answers, and this was no exception.
- USA Today recognized former OU basketball star Buddy Hield by naming him one of the top 10 players who best defined the last decade of college hoops. Dude was (and still is) legit and I’m happy to say I watched all of his games.
- In case you missed it, check out Allen’s latest article here at C&C Machine looking back on Oklahoma’s impressive run through the Big 12 for the fifth straight season. Looking ahead to 2020, does there appear to be as much competition outside of Norman for the Sooners as there was this year? More? Less? He breaks all of that down, too.
- Make sure you listen to this week’s episode of the Oklahoma Breakdown Podcast with Jack and Kamiar. The guys recap the Sooners’ OT win over Baylor in the Big 12 Championship game, talk about the latest recruiting nuggets and remaining targets ahead of signing day, and they’re also joined by Billy Gomila of And The Valley Shook for a first look at the LSU Tigers. You definitely don’t want to miss this jam-packed pod, and if you’re new around these parts, keep in mind that there is some NSFW language used in the discussions. If you can handle that, enjoy!
Around the Sports World
- LSU QB Joe Burrow has been named AP Player of the Year by a landslide, becoming the first Tigers player to win the award in program history.
- The New England Patriots have signed a viral trick shot placekicker to their practice squad. That’s how bad it’s become over there, I guess.
- This week in a radio interview, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton told the story of how a butcher working at Whole Foods asked him about a recently failed two-point conversion play call, and he told the butcher to “worry about your frickin’ meat.” I would have died where I stood if I heard that.
- Former Florida State Seminoles coach Willie Taggart has been hired at Florida Atlantic now that Lane Kiffin is at Ole Miss. Hopefully it works out better for him in Boca Raton than it did in Tallahassee.
- The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have parted ways with offensive coordinator Chip Long. ND could potentially promote from within going into 2020, but for now they’ll have to go with a coach on an interim title against Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl.
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