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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Grad transfer WR Theo Howard picks OU, hoops team wins in Austin, and more!

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Theo Howard is a proven playmaker at WR who will provide a nice boost to his position group.

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Happy Thursday, friends and fans!

This bit of news has been in the works for a while, and it’s recently been made official. The Oklahoma Sooners are welcoming another talented graduate transfer in UCLA Bruins WR Theo Howard, who announced his decision Wednesday evening. A source has also informed us that Howard is currently enrolled at OU and is pursuing a Master’s in Human Relations.

Standing at 6’0” and 182 pounds, Howard is a man with a serious playmaking background and a knack for pulling off the spectacular catch. This addition gives Lincoln Riley a legitimate, experienced threat in 2020 who — at the very least — will be a nice boost to the depth of the receiving corps. The Westlake Village, California native only participated in one game last season, which coincidentally came against Oklahoma in September. He did not record any stats in the game nor throughout the season due to a wrist and hand injury he sustained in the preseason and the early going, and 2019 would go down as a redshirt year.

Here’s a glimpse of what Howard brings to the Sooners’ offense. In 2018, he hauled in this impressive catch when his Bruins visited Norman.

In three seasons played at UCLA, Howard totaled 119 receptions for 1,359 yards and nine touchdowns. With CeeDee Lamb moving on to the NFL, Oklahoma’s suddenly young receiving corps is highly talented, yet largely inexperienced. Howard’s presence shall give the Sooners a boost in both departments, and should also help bring along the next OU QB (presumably Spencer Rattler).

Now for today’s Hot Links! Seven Sooners (so far) crack ESPN’s top 150 college football players of all time, Trae Young helps out his Atlanta community, Mike Leach is headed to SEC Country and more!

OU Links

  • In case you missed it, check out the highlights from Oklahoma’s win over Texas on the hardwood Wednesday night. The Sooners beat the Longhorns in their house for the first time since 2015, and they did it going away. Boomer!

Around the Sports World

  • Welcome back, Russell Westbrook! No, definitely not going to cry tonight. I’ll be fine. I’ll definitely keep it together. Shut up.
  • Mike Leach is leaving the Washington State Cougars after eight seasons to become the next head coach for the Mississippi Bulldogs. Leach in the SEC is truly going to be a sight to behold. His pure air raid in the West Division? Now that’ll be worth the price of admission.
  • After nine seasons, Rocky Long has retired as the head coach for the San Diego Aztecs. Defensive live coach and former SDSU HC Brady Hoke will take over for Long this year and moving forward.
  • Jimmy Butler and TJ Warren got into a heated dispute on the court Wednesday night. Ultimately, the Miami Heat crushed the Indiana Pacers, 122-108, but round two of these guys meeting comes in March, and quite frankly, I can’t wait to see what happens.

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