Friday College Football Playoff Eve, friends and fans!
A well-fed offensive line is a quarterback’s best friend, and Kyler Murray has understood that ever since his days with the Oklahoma Sooners. Now with the Arizona Cardinals, he’s keeping his big friends happy for keeping him clean and giving him time to shine. Check out his Christmas gifts to his starting O-line.
Some quick internet research informs me that these Phat Scooters are specifically designed for larger-framed individuals like these offensive linemen, and they max out around 20 mph. I definitely want one for myself now just to ride in style during the summer.
Looks like he’s doing just fine at the next level. Also, one more week and he’s no longer a rookie. I’d say this pro career of his is certainly off to a promising start, and I can’t wait to see what he does next. Well done, K1.
Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! LSU’s top RB is still being held out of practice for an injury, an OU RB is ready to make the most of his opportunity, Miami OC out after ‘Canes get blanked and more!
- In order to defy the odds on Saturday, this team must first believe in itself. Former Sooner Tony Jefferson puts it best. Tomorrow, one way or another, history will be made. Which side of it will Oklahoma be on?
- Despite LSU’s Patrick Queen being unimpressed with the OU O-line, Bill Bedenbaugh is satisfied with his unit’s progress throughout this season, especially with how they’ve approached the postseason in preparation for the Peach Bowl.
- As you’re aware, LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered a hamstring injury during bowl practice a couple weeks ago. He reportedly he has not returned to action this week, and at this point, it’ll probably come down to a game-time decision and one that might even linger as the game plays out. Either way, it doesn’t sound like the Tigers’ No. 1 rushing option will be at full strength come kickoff if he plays at all.
#LSU’s Ed Orgeron says Clyde Edwards Helaire has not practiced yet this week. He worked out yesterday and felt a little sore. "Knowing Clyde he’s going to want to play, I think he will play. I don’t know how much."— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 27, 2019
- CBS Sports’ Ben Kercheval presented reasons why he believes Oklahoma has what it takes to not only beat LSU but win the whole thing. On paper it looks like a long shot considering how stacked this year’s field is, but the man makes a compelling case.
- OU has had one heck of a run with quarterback play over the last five seasons, but the common denominator has been Lincoln Riley. John Hoover of The Franchise explores this incredible start of an era for a coach who continues to set the standard for offensive excellence.
- Since Jalen Hurts made the decision to transfer to Oklahoma, he’s been on a mission to reach the top of college football’s highest peak. Now that he’s one win away from playing for the national championship, it’s a good time to reflect on the moments that shaped his journey behind the scenes, writes the OU Daily’s George Stoia.
- With RB Rhamondre Stevenson serving a suspension, and Trey Sermon sidelined for the season since early November, Kennedy Brooks is going to need another back to help carry the load for the Sooners’ offense. Insert T.J Pledger, who missed roughly the first half of the season while recovering from a hand injury sustained in the preseason. He’s not only totally healthy, he’s fresh and ready to prove he’s more than just a last-minute option, writes SoonerScoop’s Bob Przybylo.
- The buy-in for the Oklahoma defense in regards to Alex Grinch’s ‘Speed D’ philosophy has been fast and it’s been real. With three weeks to prepare for the top offense in the nation, the Sooners have an opportunity to make a serious statement on Saturday with a strong showing.
- Like the football team, Trae Young knows what it’s like to travel from Norman to the ATL. From shattering records in college to making highlight mixtapes with the Atlanta Hawks, Young is one of the brightest stars of the future in all of American professional sports. Even with all of that, he understands how big this game is for the university that helped him launch his career.
- One college football bowl tradition that never gets old is having the team visit local pediatric hospitals to spend time with the young patients who are too often battling unimaginable odds. Check out Lincoln Riley with freshmen CB Woodi Washington, QB Spencer Rattler and CB Jeremiah Criddell as they visited the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospital earlier this week. Those priceless smiles make all the difference. Boomer!
- How should OU attempt to defend the high-powered LSU offense? Allen says deploying more DBs in a dime look might not be such a bad idea.
- Jack and Kamiar are back at it again with the Oklahoma Breakdown Podcast to preview the Peach Bowl CFP semifinal matchup between OU and the LSU Tigers. They also discuss all the players that will not be available for the Sooners whether it’s because of suspension or injury. Plus, there’s a bit more news from the recruiting trail with the original signing period just a little over a month away. Give it all a listen before this next game kicks off Saturday afternoon, and just remember that there is some NSFW language on the pod.
Around the Sports World
- Eastern Michigan QB Mike Glass III was ejected from the Quick Lane Bowl after swiping at a Pitt player and later catching an official in the crossfire. That’s a yikes from me, dawg. The Panthers beat the Eagles, 34-30.
Glass got his money's worth out of this ejection. 2 punches! pic.twitter.com/2Tiz2ACWGp— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) December 27, 2019
- Even though this is just his first season in Coral Gables, Miami Hurricanes offensive coordinator and QB coach Dan Enos was fired hours after the ‘Canes were shut out by Louisiana Tech in Thursday night’s Independence Bowl.
- Heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder is set to rematch Tyson Fury on Feb. 22 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas after a controversial draw decision was ruled in their previous bout.
- The New Orleans Saints are hosting WR Antonio Brown for a workout with one week left to play before the NFL Playoffs commence. It’s been a rough year for the talented AB, but he really has no one else to blame but himself. Maybe he’ll find his footing in NOLA.
- New York Giants LB Markus Golden earned himself a $1 million bonus after a retroactive stat change added half a sack to his season total. In his contract, he was set to earn a bonus if he reached double-digit sacks, and after a play against the Washington Redskins was more closely reviewed, he was rewarded with a full sack instead of half of one. That’s pretty cool.
Stick to Sports!
- A new version of Drake’s music video for his song ‘War’ has replaced the former upload after it was revealed that one of the extras in the original edit was Marcella Zoia, a woman who recently turned herself in to Toronto authorities following a viral video that showed her throwing a chair from a balcony onto a highway. Fortunately nobody was harmed by her sophomoric stunt, but she is still facing severe charges.
Drake has updated the video for his new song “War,” removing an extra who’s currently facing charges for chucking a chair off the 45th floor of a Toronto building https://t.co/H56vFDflaX pic.twitter.com/KskTcDtEhg— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) December 26, 2019
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