Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!
Yesterday afternoon, Oklahoma Sooners redshirt junior WR Charleston Rambo announced his decision to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal. In three seasons at OU, he hauled in 1,180 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 76 receptions. He also saw limited time as a returner on kick-offs. Wherever he lands next, he will be immediately eligible to play in 2021.
Thank you Sooner Nation, Coach Stoops, Coach Riley and Coach Simmons for believing in me. Thank you OU football for the lifelong memories made. After much thought and prayer I have decided to enter the Transfer Portal. God Bless.— Charleston Rambo (@CharlestonRambo) January 4, 2021
Out of Oklahoma’s latest group of receivers, Rambo was definitely the elder statesman of the bunch. However, his extensive experience was not enough to make him the No. 1 target on the outside. The amount of talent that QB Spencer Rattler has the luxury of throwing to is as deep as it’s been in quite some time, and as the year went on, it appeared that the Cedar Hill, Texas native was simply passed up by the competition.
Looking ahead, the Sooners should be more than fine at wide receiver barring any further attrition. Trejan Bridges, Jadon Haselwood, Marvin Mims, Drake Stoops and Theo Wease are all more than capable of producing when their number is called, not to mention the versatile pass-catching abilities from the tight end/H-back group featuring Jeremiah Hall, Mikey Henderson, Austin Stogner and Brayden Willis. Also, if history is any indicator, chances are good that at least one of the incoming recruits is bound to make a name for himself as a freshman between Jalil Farooq, Cody Jackson, Mario Williams and (provided he plays offense) Billy Bowman.
As of now, here are the scholarship players who are currently in the portal or have found a new destination:
- LB/S Robert Barnes
- TE Jalin Conyers (Arizona State)
- QB Tanner Mordecai (SMU)
- QB Chandler Morris (TCU)
- RB T.J. Pledger
- WR Charleston Rambo
- DE/LB Jon-Michael Terry
Now onto today’s Hot Links! Creed Humphrey is projected to join some old teammates at the next level, a former Sooner re-enters the transfer market, the Heisman Trophy ceremony goes virtual and more!
- Oklahoma currently has the FBS’ longest active streak of winning seasons at 22. That goes all the way back to 1999, when Bob Stoops first took over. Considering how much college football has changed over the decades, this is truly an impressive feat.
- A grand total of 14 Sooners are on teams competing in this year’s NFL Playoffs. That’s quite a bit of OUDNA on the biggest stage in the sport. Boomer!
- In his latest mock projection, CBS Sports’ Josh Edwards has center Creed Humphrey going No. 26 overall to the Baltimore Ravens in the 2021 NFL Draft.
- Former OU QB Austin Kendall is reportedly entering the transfer portal once again after spending the past two seasons with the West Virginia Mountaineers. Like all transfers this year, he will be immediately eligible to play in 2021.
- After dropping 29 points and eight of his 11 three-point attempts off the bench against West Virginia, junior guard Umoja Gibson was named Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Week, as well as NCAA.com Player of the Week. Congratulations, ‘Mo!
Big-time honors for @KnownAs_Moja after his 2️⃣9️⃣-point outing against No. 9 West Virginia.— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) January 4, 2021
✅ Big 12 Player of the Week
✅ Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
✅ https://t.co/dtCjMblDmr Player of the Week
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- Malcolm Kelly’s iconic freestyle from 2006 is truly the gift that keeps on giving. After Oklahoma dismantled the Florida Gators in the Cotton Bowl last week, the team rapped those hallowed lyrics in unison, creating one of the coolest moments of the 2020 season. Now, thanks to the good folks over at BreakingT, you can join in on all the fun by purchasing a t-shirt or hoodie with this ever-so appropriate design inspired by the words of the former standout Sooner receiver.
Oklahoma’s players broke out Malcolm Kelly’s 2006 freestyle following the Cotton Bowl win over Florida. It’s become iconic.— C&C Machine (@CCMachine) January 1, 2021
Our friends at BreakingT made a shirt and a hoodie for it! #Sooners https://t.co/jfBhYm9izX pic.twitter.com/pNdd6hgOfX
Around the Sports World
- Tonight, the newest member of the Heisman Trophy fraternity will be announced. This year’s finalists are Alabama QB Mac Jones, Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, Florida QB Kyle Trask and the odds-on favorite, ‘Bama WR DeVonta Smith. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.
ESPN will present the 86th @HeismanTrophy Ceremony - hosted by @cbfowler with @MariaTaylor— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) December 31, 2020
Tuesday, Jan. 5 | 7p ET | ESPN, ESPN App
The 2020 Finalists
Details: https://t.co/XQvujXjv8o pic.twitter.com/Cak6O1024P
- The Cleveland Browns have temporarily shut down their team facilities after head coach Kevin Stefanski, tight ends coach Drew Petzing, defensive backs coach Jeff Howard, LG Joel Bitonio and WR KhaDarel Hodge all tested positive for COVID-19. The team is scheduled to play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night in an AFC Wild Card playoff matchup.
- Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant is reportedly expected to stay in quarantine for the next seven days in accordance with the NBA’s COVID-19 contact tracing protocol. In that span of time, KD will also miss four games.
- Former Wisconsin Badgers starting QB Jack Coan is reportedly transferring to South Bend, Indiana where he’ll join the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
- Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic recorded his first triple double of the 2020-21 NBA season during Monday’s 113-100 win over the Houston Rockets. The third-year pro finished the game with 33 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists.
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