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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Kenneth Murray and Neville Gallimore measured at NFL Combine, OU’s first-round defensive drought, and more

Also, The Tulsa World’s Guerin Emig discusses OU’s first-round drought for defensive players.

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Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!

The penultimate day of measurement testing at the 2020 NFL Combine has come, and another pair of Oklahoma Sooners — LB Kenneth Murray and DL Neville Gallimore — had their official parameters recorded ahead of the workout portion of this year’s pre-draft festivities.

Looks like OU had ‘K9’ listed exactly right in terms of height on its roster last season, and it appears the head-hunting Murray has also added roughly seven pounds to his frame. Furthermore, his 80” wingspan ranks above average for all linebackers in Indy this week. Still, what this man does better than just about everybody is using his elite closing speed on ball carriers, so a standout 40 time could be especially crucial for him.

Over the years of his time in Norman, ‘Big Canada’ earned a reputation for being a workout warrior due to his freakish skillset. He’s one of the quicker, more nimble athletes at his size, and on Wednesday he checked in at just over 300 pounds. If he plans to play in the middle at the next level, he’ll obviously have to be able to add a little bit to that weight while also retaining his agility. So far so good for Gallimore.

Earlier this week, SB Nation’s Dan Kadar released his pre-combine mock draft, and there he tabbed Murray as the No. 19 overall pick. With this being a make or break opportunity for many of the draftees working out in Indianapolis, a player like Murray has a chance to all but cement his status as a first round selection.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! Oklahoma’s O-Line should be back in business in 2020, the Jefferson Family just added two more, the Thunder keep on keeping on and more!

OU Links

  • Staying with Murray and Gallimore for a moment, the Tulsa World’s Guerin Emig recently wrote about the impact it would have on Oklahoma as a program if both were drafted in the first round. The thing is, OU hasn’t sent a defender to the league among the opening 32 picks since Gerald McCoy went No. 3 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. That’s *checks notes* a whole decade without any first-round defensive selections. Not great.
  • 247Sports’ Brad Crawford offered his take on how the projected starting QBs in the Big 12 stack up going into 2020. At No. 4 he has Spencer Rattler, who will more than surely take over for Jalen Hurts as the Sooners’ leader behind center this fall. At the top of the list he has Texas Longhorns senior Sam Ehlinger. It’s obviously a highly debatable topic, and Rattler seems primed to take college football by storm sooner rather than later, but I guess it’s fair for now.
  • The Dallas Morning News’ Spenser Davis continues his position-by-position outlook for the 2020 Oklahoma team with an assessment of the offensive line. The Sooners return four of five starting O-Linemen, including C Creed Humphrey. As it stands now, it appears Bill Bedenbaugh’s bunch should be loaded and ready to rumble from Week One.
  • The hoops team BADLY needed a W against No. 22 Texas Tech, and the Sooners pulled it off in OKC with a fantastic defensive performance. Here are the highlights:
  • OU Insider’s Collin Kennedy recently wrote about Landry Jones and how he’s steadily rounding into form with the XFL’s Dallas Renegades. After missing out on most of training camp with a minor knee injury, he’s beginning to knock off the rust and make the plays his team needs from him to win.
  • Former Sooner turned NFL safety Tony Jefferson and his wife Jennel recently celebrated the birth of twins! Now the family of three is up to five. Growing up as a twin myself, I can imagine the stories these parents are about to tell. Good luck, and congratulations TJ!
  • Eight OU student-athletes were named the recipients of the 2020 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award. It’s the highest honor of its kind for the Big 12 Conference, and in order to be eligible each nominee must have lettered in athletics for at least one year, completed a minimum of 100 credit hours, and maintained a 3.8 overall GPA. Congrats to all the honored Sooners. Boomer!

Around the Sports World

  • On Tuesday night, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons upset their in-state big brother No. 7 Duke Blue Devils in an instant double OT classic, 113-101. This is college basketball, and March is right around the corner, folks.
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder sealed a franchise-record ninth consecutive road win against the Chicago Bulls. After leading by as many as 24 points in the first half, OKC found itself in a back and forth battle down the stretch, but in the end Big Blue pulled out the 124-122 victory.

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