Happy Friday the 13th, friends and fans!
He may not have been named the 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner on Thursday, but Oklahoma Sooners junior WR CeeDee Lamb has still been recognized as a First-Team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Lamb’s fellow offensive teammate, redshirt sophomore C Creed Humphrey, was also recognized by the WCFF as a Second-Team All-American.
For a long while now, there hasn’t been a shortage of elite talent on the offensive side of the ball at OU, and this season stands as a continuation of that fact. Players like Lamb and Humphrey have proven that they aren’t simply good at what they do from a conference perspective, but also on a national scale. Furthermore, it’s results like this that help Lincoln Riley and his staff recruit the next generation of talent to choose Norman over other destinations.
Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! Oklahoma is starving for another chance in the playoff, Mark Andrews breaks a Ravens record, Major League Baseball is reforming its substance abuse policies and more!
- If you want to watch Oklahoma take on LSU later this month live and in-person, tickets are officially available to the general public. Atlanta is a happening place to be this time of year, and the Sooners could certainly use your support and presence in this heavyweight college football matchup!
- One of the biggest days on the calendar is less than a week away. That’s right, the early signing period begins on Dec. 18, and Lincoln Riley is preparing to sign what hopes to be another top-10 class. Jalen Hurts and CeeDee Lamb know what it means to play for the Sooners. Soon the next talented crop will sign their own names on the dotted line.
- Junior LB Kenneth Murray has been the undisputed leader on defense for practically his entire career at OU, and while this season was his first learning under coach Brian Odom, K9 gives him a lot of credit for helping him take his game to the next level.
- OU Insider’s Joey Helmer wrote about Lincoln Riley’s assessment of his team at this point going into the CFP semifinals. The third-year head coach describes this OU group as “hungry.”
- On Thursday night, former Sooner Mark Andrews broke the Baltimore Ravens’ franchise record for the most touchdowns scored by a TE in a single season with eight. Boomer!
- When Marquise Brown makes the amazing look routine, you realize you’re watching something special. Check out this incredible toe-dragging play in the end zone that would eventually be ruled a Hollywood TD.
- Allen is back with another episode of the Blatant Homerism Podcast, and this week he’s joined by SoonerScoop’s Josh McCuistion to talk all things Oklahoma recruiting as the early signing period is fast approaching. Check it out for a jump on some of the latest insider info.
- In case you missed it, Jack and Kamiar linked up again this week for another episode of the Oklahoma Breakdown Podcast. This time around, they reviewed the Sooners’ Big 12 Championship win over Matt Rhule and the Baylor Bears, then dove into some OU recruiting news. Also, special guest Billy Gomila of And The Valley Shook stopped by to provide some early intel on the LSU Tigers. As the usual heads up, there is some NSFW language used on the pod.
Around the Sports World
- The MLB is adjusting its previous method of operation when it comes to drug violation policy. Instead of administering punishment for failed drug tests (non PED), players will be offered treament options. If a player chooses not to follow through with said option, or fails to commit through the entirety of the process, more traditional punitive measures will be warranted.
- Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has reportedly re-aggravated a knee injury during practice and is not expected to return to the lineup after missing the last few weeks.
- New York Giants CB Janoris Jenkins has been on the mend after suffering an ankle injury, but on Friday morning the team announced it has waived the former Pro Bowler after referring to a fan on social media using a derogatory term.
- Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott expressed his concerns on the conference missing out on the College Football Playoff for the third consecutive season.
- Texas A&M DT Justin Madubuike — a top four NFL prospect at his position according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. — announced on Thursday that he is forgoing his senior season as well as the Aggies’ upcoming bowl game against Oklahoma State.
“Leave a mark they can’t erase, neither space nor time”- HOV❤️ pic.twitter.com/vsTlG9cZM1— Justin Madubuike (@MadubuikeJustin) December 12, 2019
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