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Oklahoma Sooners Hot Links: Football players sharpen their skills, golf qualifies for match play at NCAA Championships, and more!

The OU golf squad will play Texas at 7:50 a.m.

Oklahoma State v Oklahoma Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images

Happy Memorial Day, friends and fans!

We’re right in the middle of the college football offseason, but all that means for the Oklahoma Sooners is that they have some time to refine their craft. Check out redshirt sophomore receiver Charleston Rambo and the fancy footwork he’s been working on.

After his incredible touchdown reception from Kyler Murray in last season’s CFP semi final, it’s clear that he can potentially help the Oklahoma Sooners in a big way now that Marquise Brown is with the Baltimore Ravens.

Freshman wide receiver Trejan Bridges also continues to put in work during these dog days as he prepares for his first season of college football. The Oklahoma faithful already love this kid, but I have a strong feeling he’s going to become many fans’ favorite in no time.

Now those receivers look nice and all, but you know a Lincoln Riley offense isn’t complete without a strong run-game. Good thing the Sooners boast one of the deepest backfields in the nation. One of those guys is junior Trey Sermon. This guy could be poised for a monster year after two productive seasons in Norman.

I think I can safely speak for most OU fans when I say I’m excited for this upcoming season. The offensive weapons should be as strong and as deep as ever, and the defense is finally entering a new era under Alex Grinch.

Now for some afternoon Hot Links! Lincoln Riley is satisfied with recruiting efforts on the defensive side, the Oklahoma men’s golf team takes care of business in Fayetteville, a Texas transfer could be transferring back to where he originally transferred from and more!

OU Links

  • The OU men’s golf team has advanced to match play for the fourth consecutive season after finishing fifth during the stroke play portion in Fayetteville. After finishing at +28, OU will face Texas at 7:50 a.m. in the 4/5 matchup for a chance to — barring a miracle, even in match play — go up against an utterly dominant Oklahoma State squad. You can catch the action on Golf Channel beginning at 10 a.m., but you can also follow the live scoring before the broadcast begins.
  • On Thursday, the Oklahoma Sooners will finally take the field at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium. Their first opponent is the Alabama Crimson Tide. The game has been officially scheduled for a prime time slot of 8:30 p.m. CT. and will be televised on ESPN2.
  • Lincoln Riley is optimistic about the defensive recruiting under Alex Grinch and the other new staff members. At the end of the day, he still realizes that on-the-field results will be the ultimate lure for the top prospects.
  • Baker Mayfield checked in at No. 5 on CBS Sports’ Top 25 NFL players under the age of 25. In fact, his Cleveland Browns teammate EDGE Myles Garrett also made the top five. This list did not include incoming rookies, so there was no chance of Kyler Murray making the cut.
  • Every day is a great opportunity for remembering the loved ones in our lives who are no longer with us, and today’s an especially great day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the daily liberties we get to enjoy, whether we knew them personally or not. Thank you.

Around the Sports World

  • Tiger Woods and Russell Westbrook were seen partaking in a little poker action the other night, and the triple-double master himself got the best of the 15-time major winner this time.
  • Former five-star receiver Bru McCoy signed with and enrolled at USC in January of this year, but soon thereafter decided he wanted to transfer. Then he ended up in Austin with the Texas Longhorns, went through spring ball, but is now weighing his options for transferring back to USC. No matter the reason, this just isn’t a good look for the kid.
  • Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has once again been set back by a chronic left knee injury, and this time the 35-year-old is unsure if he’ll return to the game after this latest happening.
  • The last year LeBron James missed the NBA Finals was 2010. To put that in perspective, SB Nation’s Whitney Medworth compiled a list of things that were going on in the world when this ultra-rare occurrence was last a reality. For me personally, I was 17 and had just graduated from high school. Wow.
  • A kid at Enes Kanter’s basketball camp showed up in a Steph Curry jersey, so the Portland Trailblazers big man gave him a new shirt to wear. I’ve seen some people overreacting to this saying he needs to chill and stop being petty, but c’mon, you know it’s all in good fun.

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