Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!
The Oklahoma Sooners have updated their fall football roster from the heights, weights and jersey Nos. listed in the spring, and as usual there were quite a few notable changes for some key contributors.
- Sophomore TE Austin Stogner is now up to 262 pounds, and with an already massive 6’6 frame, he has the very real potential of making one of the biggest jumps in production this season.
- Senior RB Rhamondre Stevenson was already OU’s biggest back, but now he’s even more freakish with a 17-pound increase, putting him at a hefty 246. Time will tell if he’s gained that weight while maintaining his explosiveness.
- Junior DT Perrion Winfrey was a top JUCO signee for the Sooners in 2020, and since the spring, he’s gained 14 pounds, rounding out to a svelte 297. If he lives up to his billing, he could pick up right where Neville Gallimore left off in the middle.
- Starting RT Adrian Ealy enters his redshirt junior year with a little buzz from the NFL ranks, and now that his scale says 327 after dropping 14 pounds, he could take an even bigger leap both on the field and the draft board.
- Freshman Andrew Raym is a guy Oklahoma fans have been excited about since he picked OU as a recruit. The Broken Arrow native had the biggest weight gain of any Sooner, going from 293 to 320 for a 27-pound increase.
- The new arrivals on campus have their numbers and updated weights. Some of the notable weights come from freshman DE/OLB Reggie Grimes, who checks in at 262 pounds, and freshman inside linebacker Brynden Walker at 251.
- One name you will notice on the roster is Marcellus Crutchfield, a walk-on freshman wide receiver and the son of OU great Gerald McCoy.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! Gerald McCoy stays positive following season-ending surgery, the Pride of OK adjusts to stadium limitations, four-star QB switches from ‘Hook ‘em’ to ‘Roll Tide’ and more!
- Try not to get in the zone while watching this. Also, I know this is just one of those things they do during the offseason, but I would love to see black jersey numbers in the road-whites just once in my life. Probably need a matte black helmet, too, but I’m just spitballin’ here so don’t flame me.
- Here’s another example of the great dude Jalen Hurts is. Even though he has droves of fans from all over the nation, he understands it’s about the little things that truly make him a fan-favorite. Well done, good sir.
- Bleacher Report’s Kerry Miller recently offered up his predictions for the Big 12 in 2020, including the league’s top offense, top defense, newcomers to watch and final standings. He has Oklahoma making the championship game, but does he project OU to win it all for a sixth straight season? Check it out right here.
- Former Sooner DT Gerald McCoy unfortunately suffered a quad injury that required surgery on Monday during the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp. It’s a major bummer that he has to miss the season, but at least his spirits are high. Get well soon, GK!
- The Pride of Oklahoma marching band is adjusting to the stadium limitations that will drastically reduce the group’s numbers. In addition to a smaller band, there also will not be any on-field pre-game or halftime performances during OU home games this fall, writes the Norman Transcript’s Jeff Elkins.
- The Sooners are more familiar with the AP Poll than any other Big 12 team, and it’s really not close. Since 1936, the Crimson & Cream have 847 appearances in the weekly top 25, which is good for 72.5 percent clip and ranks third all-time behind Ohio State (919) and Michigan (866). Boomer!
- In case you missed it, make sure you check out this week’s RufWriter Recruiting Podcast with your hosts, Kamiar and Stephen. In this episode, the guys discussed the upcoming ‘Sooner Summit’, news on the trail, weighed in on Kennedy Brooks’ decision to opt out and more. As per the usual warning, this pod may may contain some NSFW language.
Around the Sports World
- On Monday, 2021 four-star QB Jalen Milroe flipped his verbal commitment from the Texas Longhorns to the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Katy, Texas native is currently rated as the fourth-best dual-threat signal caller in the nation.
- The SEC has announced a conference wide policy that will require all fans who attend games in 2020 to wear face coverings. This is likely going to be the standard across all leagues when the season finally kicks off.
- The Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly expecting around 16,000 fans (roughly 22 percent of maximum capacity) in attendance for their 2020 home opener on Sept. 10 against the Houston Texans.
- The Texas Rangers proved how soft they are when pitcher Ian Gibaut intentionally threw behind the San Diego Padres’ Manny Machado one AB after Fernando Tatis Jr. belted a grand slam on a 3-0 count with his team already leading 10-3. If you can’t handle the sauce, step off the mound and stop crying about some archaic unwritten rule. Here’s another idea — pitch better. Goodness gracious, people.
Rangers pitcher Ian Gibaut threw behind Manny Machado right after Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a grand slam on a 3-0 pitch with the Padres leading by seven runs last night. pic.twitter.com/2eajDXt3UK— ESPN (@espn) August 18, 2020
- After one of the coldest preseason takes ever gave the Oklahoma City Thunder just 0.2 percent chance to make the NBA Playoffs, OKC is right in the thick of the postseason festivities and begin their run tonight against the Houston Rockets. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT, and can be watched on either TNT or FOX Sports Oklahoma. Thunder Up!
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