Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!
With the 2020 NFL Draft just over a week away, ESPN’s Maria Taylor caught up with former Oklahoma Sooners starting QB Jalen Hurts on IG Live to discuss what he’s been up to during the last month, as well as his time at Alabama and OU. At the 1:35 mark in the video, he shows off his new (old) digs. That weight room may not be at the state-of-the-art level he’s used to in Norman or Tuscaloosa, but it apparently got the job done and then some.
Taylor also showed Hurts the Marvel superhero comparison ESPN made for him. As it turns out, the Mighty Thor aka God of Thunder looks to be a pretty great parallel for the power-lifting dual-threat. Start watching from the 15:03 mark in the interview above to see his reaction to the epic side-by-side illustration.
Whoever ends up drafting Jalen Hurts will be getting a player who outworks everybody in the room. He may not be a starter from Day One, but in time he could very well carve out a nice role for himself — whether that’s behind center or as a wrinkle of the offense.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! OSU’s Okudah gives OU’s Rambo major props, Kristian Doolittle links with his NBA representation, live televised golf could be back in less than two months and more!
- The Dallas Morning News’ Spenser Davis gathered up several of the latest NFL mock drafts to see where Sooners CeeDee Lamb, Kenneth Murray, Jalen Hurts and Neville Gallimore are currently being projected with just over a week to go until the 2020 NFL Draft kicks off.
- Athlon Sports’ Eric Sorenson broke down Oklahoma’s 2020 football schedule week-by-week, and while the non-conference slate should be relatively manageable, nine consecutive weeks of uninterrupted Big 12 play should prove to be quite a challenge for the five-time reigning conference champs.
- As former Ohio State Buckeyes CB Jeff Okudah prepares for the draft, he recently took to Twitter to answer some questions. There, he was asked by 247Sports recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks who the toughest receiver for him to cover was during his high school days, and his answer was current Oklahoma WR Charleston Rambo. Respect.
- Former OU Hoops forward Kristian Doolittle has signed with Pensack Sports Management for his representing agency as he prepares for a potential career in professional basketball.
- In case you missed it, check out Kamiar’s breakdown of Lon Kruger’s latest incoming transfer, former Cal State Northridge guard Elijah Harkless. This news comes just one day after North Texas’ Umoja Gibson announced his decision to also ball for OU as a graduate transfer.
Around the Sports World
- On Wednesday, the Cleveland Browns unveiled their new uniforms inspired by past generations of the franchise with a modern style. Each new look isn’t totally different from what the team was rocking over the past few years, but maintaining brand recognition is a good thing and I think the designers succeeded in that.
- The PGA Tour has recently announced its plan to resume play on June 11-14 at the Charles Schwab Challenge, but no spectators will be allowed to attend. For those of us who just wants sports back, this is a positive sign.
- Wake Forest Demon Deacons head coach Dave Clawson has voluntarily taken a 10% pay-cut from his nearly $2.2 million salary to help the university deal with the financial losses stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
- Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry has signed a one-year franchise tender with the team on a $10.6 million deal, making him the highest-paid player at his position in the NFL.
- Denver Broncos sack artist, or should I say, sack master, Von Miller has some new ink he wants to share. I’ll give him one thing, the man has confidence in spades. Considering the words and the placement, that’s about as bold as it gets.
Uhh...tf is Von Miller thinking with this tattoo pic.twitter.com/RomxdMFS8D— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) April 14, 2020
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