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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Caleb Kelly named to Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, plus more Big 12 scheduling talk

The honor is reserved for a player who best combines community service with academic and athletic achievement

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl - Alabama v Oklahoma Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Happy Friday, friends and fans!

While the Big Ten and Pac-12 are officially moving forward with the conference games-only model for 2020, the Big 12 remains one of the final Power Five leagues that has yet to make an official decision. In the case of the Oklahoma Sooners, all 12 of its originally scheduled contests are currently still on the table, but that could change drastically in the next two weeks. Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman has more details.

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec says ‘We still have time’, but if or when the league needs to make a formal decision on going forward with the schedules as they are or switching to conference games only, the Big 12 ‘will be prepared to act very quickly and pivot on a dime.’

For OU, it’s honestly quite amazing that the chance to play 12 regular season games still exists, but for another Big 12 team like TCU, the non-conference schedule has already turned sideways as programs from other leagues and sub-divisions have either postponed the start of the 2020 season or canceled it altogether.

Either by the end of this month or sometime during the first week of August, the Big 12 should have an answer on what the 2020 college football season will look like ‘round these parts.

Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! Oklahoma is well-represented in the MLB on Opening Day, Cedarian Lamb inks a deal with the ‘Boys, a high school recruit makes his commitment in the most 2020 way possible and more!

OU Links

  • On Thursday, OU released another round of COVID-19 test results. Out of 96 football players tested, none came back positive for coronavirus. Further, the team has maintained an active case count of zero among student-athletes and staff members.
  • Redshirt senior LB Caleb Kelly was named to the 2020 Danny Wuerffel Trophy watch list — an honor reserved for a player who best combines community service with academic and athletic achievement. In the past, Oklahoma’s Gabe Ikard (‘13), Ty Darlington (‘15) have earned the award. Also, former Sooner Trevor Knight (‘16) was named its recipient during his lone season at Texas A&M.
  • Senior cornerback and kickoff return specialist Tre Brown has been named to the 2020 Paul Hornung Award watch list. This honor is for the top player in the nation whose role as an impact player comes at multiple positions. In his career, Brown has amassed 1,121 kick return yards (21.2 yards per attempt), and on defense he has recorded 110 total tackles and an interception.

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