Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!
The four team captains for the Oklahoma Sooners have been revealed, and leading the way in 2019 are redshirt sophomore C Creed Humphrey, senior QB Jalen Hurts, redshirt senior DT Neville Gallimore and junior LB Kenneth Murray Jr.
Two on offense, two on defense, and balanced as all things should be. I’d say there really are no huge surprises with this group, seeing as how each of them appeared to take on an elevated leadership role this offseason. Murray is the only player in this group who was also a captain for the Sooners in 2018.
I’d be willing to bet Oklahoma’s captains will collectively be the most physically imposing group against whoever they face. Each one of them are freaks in the weight room and on the field. Plus, it’s important that they are all starting and have been productive throughout their careers. That’ll help them lead the younger players on the team both by instruction and by example.
Now for today’s Hot Links! Houston wants to stop Oklahoma’s running game, an OU commit moves up to No. 1 in the nation, Alabama loses Moses for the season and more!
- Do not forget to wear white if you’re planning on attending the Houston game this Sunday, folks! Make sure to remind everybody you know who is or may be going that they also need to wear white. The nation will be watching and OU needs this thing to look amazing for all the cameras and drone shots and such.
- The Cougars are returning a lot of production from last year’s potent offense, so Alex Grinch and Oklahoma’s “Speed D” will be put to the test right out of the gate.
- According to Houston DC Joe Cauthen, the Cougars’ defensive game plan is to sell out on stopping the run and force Jalen Hurts to beat them with his arm. It’s the obvious strategy, but it’s much easier said than done.
- J.P. Scott over at Athlon Sports shared his predictions for the OU-UH game. He believes Jalen Hurts will throw three interceptions against the Coogs, primarily because Riley will want to throw it early and often in his pass-happy offense. How many fallacies did you spot?
- 247 Sports unveiled its updated rankings of the nation’s top junior college prospects, and Oklahoma DL commit Perrion Winfrey is now the No. 1 JUCO player in the land. Boomer!
- The OU Daily’s Caleb McCourry reports that Oklahoma will pay South Dakota $575K for its visit on Sept. 7. The Coyotes are the first FCS opponent the Sooners will play since Florida A&M in 2012.
Around the Sports World
- Alabama junior linebacker Dylan Moses was a preseason All-American, but earlier this week he suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice.
- The family of Montgomery Biscuits pitcher Blake Bivens (Double-A affiliate for the Tampa Bay Rays) was slain by another family member in a triple-homicide. Police in southern Virginia are continuing their investigation.
- ESPN’s Bill Connelly broke down each college football conference and also ranked them in terms of SP+ (formerly S&P+). Even with the reigning national champions included, the ACC might actually be the weakest Power Five league in the nation.
- The American Athletic Conference has plans to get rid of its divisions as early as 2020 in order to guarantee the top two teams get to play each other for the AAC title.
- New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso aka ‘Polar Bear’ now has the all-time franchise record for most homers in a season with 42. Now if only the club could start winning a bit more.
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