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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Kyler Murray credits his dad, Stephen A. Smith thinks Tress Way is a QB, and more!

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How’s it going, everyone?

On the eve of the most anticipated Pro Day in recent memory for the Oklahoma Sooners, Kyler Murray is expected to have the football world’s full attention. If you’re wondering if and/or how you can follow the action live as it happens, you’re in luck, because will stream coverage of the entire event online for free.

The NFL Network and ESPN will also have live TV coverage, but if you don’t want to risk missing anybody, your best bet is probably SoonerSports.

Beginning at 9 a.m. CT, all former Sooners who have entered their names into the 2019 NFL Draft pool will be on site for the biggest job interview of their lives. Murray will be the headliner, but there are plenty of others who could earn themselves some serious stock with the right showing. Notably, OL Bobby Evans, OL Cody Ford, OL Ben Powers, OL Dru Samia, WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, RB Rodney Anderson will all be present, although not everyone will be a full participant.

While most of Oklahoma’s Pro Day participants come from the offensive side of the ball this year, DL Amani Bledsoe and LB Curtis Bolton will both workout as well. For as many players as OU returns on defense in 2019, it’s great to see more than one of these guys afforded this special opportunity. Kicker/punter Austin Seibert is also expected to showcase himself on Wednesday.

Hey, Gil Brandt is also expected to be in town.

With over 100 media members credentialed for OU’s Pro Day, along with the expected presence of representatives from all 32 NFL teams, the spotlight will be squarely on Murray, and justifiably so. However, the real winners in this are the rest of the players working out. They’re in a unique position to show what they can do in front of one of the largest audiences at any school this year. All those extra eyes could help any number of them receive a chance to play in the NFL that otherwise might not have happened without this residual exposure.

Now for today’s Hot Links! Kyler Murray’s best QB guru was his own father, Stephen A. Smith thinks Tress Way is a QB, everything is bigger in Texas, especially the chicken tenders and more!

OU Links

  • Kyler Murray was born with gifts that few athletes can relate to, but when it came to honing his talent as a quarterback, the Heisman Trophy winner credits his father, Kevin Murray, for maximizing his abilities from an early age.
  • Most football analysts and fans that watched Kyler Murray lead the Sooners in 2018 are familiar with some of his favorite targets. Hollywood Brown, CeeDee Lamb and Grant Calcaterra all became household names and could certainly attest to their QB’s greatness, but what about his favorite targets when he was a superstar at Allen High School? OU Daily’s George Stoia asked a few of them to find out what they feel are Murray’s top strengths.
  • If you’re looking for more examples of Stephen A. Smith’s superb research skills, check this out. Apparently, he thinks former Sooner punter Tress Way started a game at quarterback for the Washington Redskins last season. He, of course, did no such thing, but he did attempt one pass on a fake punt.
  • Sooner Baseball plays host to UT-Arlington tonight at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT, and will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
  • In the early going of the 2019-20 college basketball season, Oklahoma will participate in the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City. The other programs in the field will be Butler, Missouri and Stanford.

Around the Sports World

  • As you’re likely aware, there was a bit of an incident involving Russell Westbrook and some Utah fans last evening. If you’re not caught up, here’s a rundown of the event in addition to some context.
  • Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss had a bit of a spat, but I think they’re friends now. Is that how this works?
  • A nationwide academic cheating scandal has reached the surface, as the US Attorney in Boston discovered nearly 50 people connected to admissions fraud and illegal recruiting schemes. The indictments include coaches of tennis, soccer, sailing and more.
  • Two of the people involved are actresses Lori Loughlin (from Full House and approximately 900 Hallmark movies) and Felicity Huffman. This just keeps getting better and better.
  • On a related note, the feds appear to be fans of cinematic greatness. One thing’s for sure — Mox didn’t need anyone’s help to get into Brown.
  • If you plan on going to any Texas Rangers games this MLB season, and you have about $30 to blow with no plans for the next day, you should totally try the Fowl Pole (funny baseball pun is funny), a monstrous two-pound chicken tender served on a bed of fries. I just want to know how they created this beast. Actually, on second thought, no I don’t.

Stick to Sports!

  • With talks of the PlayStation 5 in the engineering works, it appears Sony is working on filing a patent that would incorporate an automatic customization feature in the future console. Basically, all games would be specifically tailored to the gamers that play them based on past playing experiences. If true, it certainly seems like another step towards full-on artificial intelligence in the gaming world. I don’t know how I’d feel about that, to be honest.

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