Happy Thursday, friends and fans!
Award season is upon us! Now that the 2019 regular season has wrapped up, a total of 17 different Oklahoma Sooners officially earned All-Big 12 honors. Four OU players were named to the All-Big 12 First Team — QB Jalen Hurts, WR CeeDee Lamb, LB Kenneth Murray and C Creed Humphrey.
This year’s All-Big 12 Second Team features seven more Sooners — DE Ronnie Perkins, CB Parnell Motley, RB Kennedy Brooks, FB Jeremiah Hall, K Gabe Brkic, OT Adrian Ealy and DT Neville Gallimore.
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As for the All-Big 12 Honorable Mention group, Lamb was selected as a special teams return man. The rest of the bunch includes S Patrick Fields, LB DaShaun White, P Reeves Mundschau, DE Jalen Redmond and S Delarrin Turner-Yell.
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A few individuals were also recognized separately from the team honors, such as Jalen Hurts being named Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year. Meanwhile DE LaRon Stokes was tabbed as the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Lastly, Creed Humphrey became the fourth Sooner O-lineman in four seasons to be selected as the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year (along with West Virginia’s Colton McKivitz).
Now for today’s Hot Links! CeeDee Lamb is coping with limited touches, Jalen Redmond is “progressing”, USC sticks with Clay Helton and more!
- Analyst Joel Klatt is conflicted, but he does his best to break down the debate between Oklahoma and Utah’s College Football Playoff resumes. However, he doesn’t bring himself to pick a side at this point in spite of the fact that more of his points tend to favor OU. If the Utes, Sooners and LSU all win their conference championship games this weekend, the committee will obviously have a decision to make by Sunday. That decision seems easy to me, but the committee is choosing to create drama nevertheless.
- Like much of the early portion of the schedule, CeeDee Lamb has seen his number of targets and receptions shrink over the last couple of games, but the Biletnikoff Award hopeful hasn’t let that discourage him going into the Big 12 title game, writes the Norman Transcript’s Tyler Palmateer.
- OUInsider’s Joey Helmer has a minor update on Jalen Redmond’s health going into this weekend’s conference championship bout versus Baylor. On Monday, Lincoln Riley listed the talented redshirt freshman DE as ‘questionable’, and so far that still appears to be the case.
- Tonight, the 6-1 OU men’s basketball team will be just south of the Oklahoma border to take on North Texas in the Sooners’ first true road game of the season. This contest is scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT tip-off and can be seen on Facebook Watch through CBS Sports.
- OU volleyball is in College Station to begin the first round of the 2019 NCAAVB Tournament. This match against No. 21 Rice tips off at 4:30 p.m. CT and can be streamed on ESPN3.
- Don’t forget to read up on Austin Brown’s preview of the Big 12 Championship game. Oklahoma and Baylor are set to square off for the sequel to last month’s instant classic that saw the Sooners rally from an early 25-point-deficit.
- Make sure you check out Jack and Kamiar’s discussion on last Saturday’s Bedlam beatdown as well as their preview of the Big 12 Championship game in this week’s edition of the Oklahoma Breakdown Podcast. In addition to all of that, the guys also explore whether or not the Sooners are peaking going into the postseason. As usual, you can expect some NSFW language used on the pod.
Around the Sports World
- The Ohio State Buckeyes still have plenty to look forward to in football, but basketball season looks like it’s going to be very entertaining for the OSU faithful as well. Last night the men’s hoops squad walked into Dean E. Smith Center and laid the smackdown on the North Carolina Tar Heels, 74-49.
- On Wednesday, USC Trojans Athletic Director Mike Bohn confirmed that head football coach Clay Helton would be retained through the 2020 season. That’s one major FBS job that won’t be opening for at least another year.
- The Philadelphia Phillies have signed starting pitcher Zack Wheeler on a five-year, $118 million contract. This deal is exactly the kind of negotiation Philly was looking for entering this free agency period in terms of quality of talent and price.
- New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan has been consistent throughout his career as an impact player, but he’s taken his game to new heights in 2019. Former NFL pass rusher and current SB Nation writer Stephen White makes a case for Jordan and NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors.
- The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James did a very cool athlete thing for some young fans in Utah. Check out how excited these kids are when they receive ‘Bron’s signed, game-worn shoes. Well done, my man.
Stick to Sports!
- Singer Alanis Morissette and The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon went undercover in an NYC subway station where they busked in disguise. Even though the camera crew surrounding them was probably a dead giveaway that they weren’t your average street musicians, that final reveal was an awesome moment for that handful of fans who suddenly found themselves in the front row of an Alanis concert. Everybody singing ‘You Oughta Know’ at the end was great, and definitely not ironic.
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