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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Spencer Rattler makes Maxwell watch list, Grant Calcaterra picks Auburn

After a year away from football, former OU tight end Grant Calcaterra is headed to the Plains.

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Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!

On Wednesday, Oklahoma Sooners redshirt freshman QB Spencer Rattler was named to the 2020 Maxwell Award watch list. This honor is presented annually to the nation’s top college football player as voted on by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, head coaches and members of the Maxwell Football Club.

Through seven games into his first season as OU’s starting quarterback, Rattler has passed for 2,018 yards and 18 touchdowns while adding 101 yards and three more scores on the ground. He also leads the Big 12 Conference with 9.7 yards-per-attempt, a 67.8 completion percentage and a 172.1 passer rating.

In the 83 years of the award’s existence, only three Sooners have received the Maxwell — Tommy McDonald in 1956, Jason White in 2004 and Baker Mayfield in 2017.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! Oklahoma’s offense has a secret weapon, OU’s graduation success rate is soaring to new heights, NBA Draft night is here and more!

OU Links

  • Former Oklahoma tight end Grant Calcaterra has been looking for a home since deciding to un-retire from football, but he has now found one with Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers. I know he’ll be a perfect fit in that offense, and we all wish nothing but success!
  • According to Pro Football Focus, redshirt sophomore OLB Nik Bonitto leads the nation in highest QB pressure percentage this season, and it’s not all that close. With his emergence in 2020, Oklahoma’s defensive front has found an identity creating havoc in opposing backfields.
  • The class of student-athletes coming through the University of Oklahoma as of late have set the bar for academic excellence. With 2020 winding down, a look at the current GSR (Graduation Success Rate) indicates that this crop of Sooners is earning their degrees at an unprecedented clip. Whether it’s on the field of play or in the classroom, the level of commitment across the board is undeniable. Boomer!

Around the Sports World

  • Sam Presti just keeps wheelin’ and dealin’, folks. The Oklahoma City Thunder GM has now turned recently-acquired Danny Green and the young Terrance Ferguson to the Philadelphia 76ers for Al Horford (and his contract, tonight’s No. 34 overall pick, a 2025 first-round pick and the rights to Serbian PG Vasilije Micic.
  • The 2020 NBA Draft is finally here, folks! On this Wednesday evening, 60 new names and faces will be announced into the NBA family. On the clock first are the Minnesota Timberwolves, followed by the Golden State Warriors. The festivities tip off tonight at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN.
  • With so many conference games having already been canceled due to COVID-19, the Pac-12’s athletic directors have reversed course and are now in approval of adding non-conference games to their teams’ current schedules.
  • It’s been 31 years since former Cincinnati Reds player/manager Pete Rose was blacklisted from the MLB for illegally gambling on games he participated in. Today, the 79-year-old admits that he still occasionally bets on baseball, but the difference now is that he only does so legally.
  • Florida State Seminoles freshman QB Chubba Purdy will miss the remainder of the 2020 season after reaggravating a collarbone injury on Saturday. Former starter Jordan Travis is also on the mend and is questionable to return this weekend.
  • Buffalo Bulls junior RB Jaret Patterson recorded the first individual three hundred yard rushing performance of the season as he ran for 301 yards and four touchdowns in Tuesday night’s 42-17 win over Bowling Green State. Wow, that’s a whole lot of MACtion.

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