Happy Thursday, friends and fans!
On Wednesday, it was revealed that Oklahoma Sooners redshirt freshman OL E.J. Ndoma-Ogar had entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. The news was originally reported by The Athletic’s Jason Kersey. 247Sports’ Clint Buckley has more details.
As a true freshman in 2019, Ndoma-Ogar made appearances as a reserve in games against South Dakota, UCLA, Texas Tech and Kansas, taking full advantage of college football’s redshirt rules. This season, the Allen, Texas product did not take the field for OU before ultimately choosing to opt-out the 2020 campaign in late September.
While technically Ndoma-Ogar could return to the Sooners since entering the portal is a non-binding endeavor, the writing seems to be on the wall already for the talented lineman. Wherever he ends up transferring, he’ll have four years of eligibility remaining on his collegiate clock. Good luck to the young man.
Now for today’s Hot Links! Oklahoma’s defensive line is stepping up, a Sooner hoops star is recognized among the Big 12’s best, the top QB in the class of 2022 announces his verbal de-commitment from the University of Texas at Austin and more!
- I can’t tell if Lincoln Riley actually lost this week’s Butkus Brain Teaser or if he still should earn credit via this unforeseen loophole. Either way, the man’s mind is unquestionably brilliant.
- In just his first year with the Sooners, outside linebackers and defensive ends coach Jamar Cain has produced significant results in his role on the staff — both on the recruiting trail and on the field. The key for him has been about relationship building and striving for perfection, writes the Oklahoman’s Ryan Aber.
- One unit that has quietly performed quite well despite several new contributors coming into the 2020 season has been Oklahoma’s defensive front. Alex Grinch has taken notice of the group’s improvement, but he also realizes their potential for greatness has yet to be achieved, writes SI Sooners’ Parker Thune.
- Speaking of OU’s D-line, redshirt sophomore DT Jordan Kelley made a tangible impact on the field in Fort Worth. The Norman Transcript’s Joe Buettner recently wrote about how even though the road for this Tulsa native hasn’t always been smooth, he’s finally seeing his commitment pay off.
- Heartland College Sports’ Derek Duke recently put together his game preview for Oklahoma’s upcoming Halloween date with Texas Tech. Check out his players to watch for as well as his final score prediction.
- On Wednesday, senior shooting guard Austin Reaves was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 men’s basketball team, as voted on by the conference’s head coaches. Boomer!
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- On Wednesday night, five-star QB Quinn Ewers announced his decision to reopen his recruitment by de-committing from the Texas Longhorns. The Southlake product is currently rated as the top prospect in the Lone Star State, and the nation’s second best overall recruit in the class of 2022. This is a bad omen and certainly appears to be a symptom of the disarray in Austin, and if UT is unable to salvage what’s left of this football season, the end of the Tom Herman era on the Forty Acres could be upon us soon. Also, do yourselves a favor and head over the Texas message boards. It’s delightful.
- The Wisconsin Badgers’ tilt at the Nebraska Cornhuskers this Saturday has been canceled due to a rising number of positive COVID-19 test results within UW’s program. As of now, there are no plans to reschedule the contest.
- The Houston Rockets have hired former Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas as the team’s next head coach.
- Reportedly, the Carolina Panthers will not activate RB Christian McCaffrey for Thursday night’s home game against the Atlanta Falcons. The All-Pro back has been sidelined on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain since Sept. 23.
- Jacksonville Jaguars starting QB Gardner Minshew has suffered multiple fractures and ligament damage in his right thumb aka his throwing hand. The 1-6 Jags are currently on an off-week.
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