Oklahoma Sooners radio play-by-play man Toby Rowland aka the voice of OU Football has announced he will not be calling this week’s Cotton Bowl matchup against the Florida Gators after testing positive for COVID-19.
Rowland says he will still provide pregame and postgame coverage remotely from home, but Sooner Sports Radio Network’s Chris Plank will assume the game’s play-by-play duties from inside AT&T Stadium.
Get well soon, Toby!
Now onto this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Several Sooners make highlight plays in the NFL, two more UF players opt out of playing against Oklahoma, the Music City Bowl is off and more!
- On Monday, Florida WRs Kadarius Toney and Trevon Grimes announced their decisions to opt out of the Cotton Bowl and will instead start their preparation for the upcoming NFL Draft. Toney, Grimes and TE Kyle Pitts are the Gators’ top three targets this season, and now all three have chosen to opt out of this year’s bowl game.
- On Monday, redshirt sophomore RUSH LB Nik Bonitto and redshirt junior C Creed Humphrey were named AP Second and Third Team All-Americans, respectively. Boomer!
- RB Samaje Perine — OU’s all-time rushing leader — went completely off against the Houston Texans on Sunday, recording a career-high 136 total yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on 17 touches. His Cincinnati Bengals wound up securing the road win, 37-31. Check out this sensational 46-yard house call in the beginning of the third quarter.
- CeeDee Lamb had himself a day against the Philadelphia Eagles. On just four touches, the rookie WR racked up 84 yards and a pair of scores, including this 52-yard catch and sprint down the sideline. The Dallas Cowboys would win, 37-17.
- Also from the Dallas-Philly game, rookie QB Jalen Hurts connected with veteran receiver DeSean Jackson on this electric 81-yard bomb. The former Alabama-turned-Oklahoma dual-threat finished the contest with 411 yards of total offense, one TD and two interceptions.
- OU Insider’s Parker Thune offered up his take on the five numbers to keep an eye on heading into the Sooners’ matchup with UF.
Around the Sports World
- With a loss to the Chicago Bears and a New York Jets win on Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars have officially clinched the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft for the first time in franchise history.
- In other NFL news, Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff reportedly suffered a broken thumb during his team’s 20-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
- The Dallas Mavericks set a new NBA record for the largest halftime lead in league history after going up on the Los Angeles Clippers by 50 at the break on Sunday. The Mavs ultimately beat the Clips, 124-73.
- The Missouri Tigers’ Music City Bowl matchup with the Iowa Hawkeyes has been canceled due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases within Mizzou’s program.
- On Sunday, Michigan State Spartans redshirt junior QB Rocky Lombardi announced his decision to transfer to Northern Illinois for the 2021 college football season.
There are so many people I would like to thank for their help and support throughout my recruiting process. But without further delay, I would like to announce my commitment to NIU! #TheHardWay pic.twitter.com/b5j7bQ2o7x— Rocky Lombardi (@rocky_lombardi) December 27, 2020
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