Notebook: December, 2012

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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 16, 2013

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  Wednesday, December 26

We won't have another Sooner Report until we're on-site at the Cotton Bowl, but we will have plenty of content here in the football notebook until that time comes.
Sooners Selected to NFL Pro Bowl - 7:41 p.m.
DL Gerald McCoy, RB Adrian Peterson and OL Trent Williams will all represent the NFC in the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl, as the league announced the rosters Wednesday evening. Peterson, who leads the NFL with 1,898 rushing yards, will start in his fifth Pro Bowl appearance. Peterson was the game's MVP in 2008. McCoy and Williams, meanwhile, earned their first selections.

2013 NFL Pro Bowl Rosters Announced
  Thursday, December 20

We won't have another Sooner Report until we're on-site at the Cotton Bowl, but we will have plenty of content here in the football notebook until that time comes. Catch the latest below and in Wednesday's Sooner Report.
Williams to Miss Cotton Bowl - 3:12 p.m.
University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops confirmed Friday that sophomore offensive lineman Daryl Williams is expected to miss the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic as he continues to rehab a right knee injury. Williams was named to the All-Big 12 Honorable Mention squad by the coaches this season. He started the first 10 games of the year at right tackle before being sidelined for the final two contests of the regular season. The Lake Dallas, Texas, native has played in 19 career games for the Sooners.

FOX Intro Video Shoot - 1:54 p.m.
FOX was on the University of Oklahoma campus Thursday to shoot part of its intro video for the AT&T Cotton Bowl as select Sooners participated. We shot behind-the-scenes photos, which you can find exclusively on the @ou_football Instagram page.
FOX Intro Video Shoot
  Wednesday, December 19

The Sooners met with the media for the second time this week on Wednesday. Check out the latest from Tuesday's Sooner Report.
OU Signs Two JUCO Transfers - 5:22 p.m.
University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced the signings of two junior college transfers to National Letters of Intent, Wednesday. Committed to play for the Sooners are punter Jed Barnett and defensive tackle Quincy Russell.
"We are pleased that Jed and Quincy have signed with the University of Oklahoma," Stoops said. "They are talented individuals who we believe can make contributions to our program on special teams and defense."
Barnett, a native of Camas, Wash., joins the Sooners from Laney College in Oakland, Calif. A five-star recruit by Chris Sailer Kicking and a two-star recruit by Rivals and, Barnett spent his freshman season in 2010 at the University of California where he redshirted. As a senior at Union High School he earned all-state honors as he averaged over 50.0 yards per punt and recorded 56 touchbacks as a kicker. He also earned all-region and all-conference in his final two seasons of competition.
Russell was named a 2012 NJCAA Football First Team All-American at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, after tallying 75 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. He also broke up five passes, forced a fumble and recovered another fumble. From San Antonio, Texas, Russell is a four-star recruit by and earned three stars from ESPN, Scout and Rivals. He spent his prep career at Sam Houston High School.
  Wednesday, December 12

As we look ahead to the Cotton Bowl, make sure you look at how the Sooners got here. Vote on your favorite offensive and defensive plays from the 2012 regular season:
Jefferson an AP All-America Second-Teamer - 3:25 p.m.
University of Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson was named to the Associated Press All-America Second Team.
Jefferson has served as an integral part of an Oklahoma squad that ranks second in the Big 12 in pass defense (197.7 ypg). The Chula Vista, Calif., native ranks fourth in the nation among defensive backs with 113 tackles, a total that leads all Oklahoma defenders and ranks second in the Big 12. He needs eight more tackles to surpass Rodney Rideau (120 in 1999) for the most tackles accumulated by a Sooners defensive back in a season.
A consensus All-Big 12 selection, Jefferson posted seven double-digit tackle games in the 2012 regular season, registering a career-best 14 tackles apiece against Kansas State and Oklahoma State.

Jefferson a Pro Football Weekly All-American - 11:12 a.m.
Junior safety Tony Jefferson was named to the Pro Football Weekly 2012 All-America team, while junior fullback Trey Millard was recognized with honorable mention accolades. Jefferson led the Sooners with 113 tackles, while Millard caught 29 passes for 331 yards and rushed for 170 yards. For more on the PFW's All-America team criteria and the complete roster:

Pro Football Weekly's 2012 All-America Team
  Tuesday, December 11

Have you familiarized yourself with Sooner Cotton Bowl Central? Click here to take in everything you need to know surrounding the battle vs. Texas A&M on January 4:
Phil Steele All-Big 12 Teams - 4:58 p.m.
Juniors Aaron Colvin, Gabe Ikard and Tony Jefferson were named to Phil Steele's 2012 Postseason All-Big 12 First Team, the publication released Tuesday. Additionally, four Sooners were named to both the second and third teams. Justin Brown (punt returner), Lane Johnson, Trey Millard and Kenny Stills were selected to the second team, while Demontre Hurst, Landry Jones, David King and Damien Williams were third-teamers. View the complete All-Big 12 teams here:

Phil Steele's 2012 Postseason All-Big 12 Teams
Sooners in the NFL Week 14 - 10:52 a.m.
Want to know how the pro Sooners did in Week 14 of the NFL? We have all of the top performances below:

RB Adrian Peterson ran for two first-quarter touchdowns from one yard out and totaled 154 rushing yards, leading Minnesota to a 21-14 win over Chicago. Peterson also contributed two receptions for 16 yards. OT Phil Loadholt started for the 13th time.

RB Demarco Murray rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown, caught four passes for 22 yards and his Cowboys defeated Cincinnati, 20-19. TE James Hanna also caught his second pass of his rookie season for three yards. Bengals' TE Jermaine Gresham recorded four catches for 43 yards in the loss.

DT Gerald McCoy notched a season-high five tackles, including three for loss and two sacks as Tampa Bay suffered a loss to Philadelphia, 23-21.

QB Sam Bradford helped St. Louis to its third straight win, completing 19-of-39 passes for 209 yards and the game-winning touchdown with 48 seconds remaining, a 13-yard strike to lead the Rams to a 15-12 win over Buffalo.

LB Curtis Lofton recorded a team-high nine tackles for the Saints, while PK Garrett Hartley booted in two field goals and three extra points as New Orleans lost to the New York Giants, 52-27.

OG Chris Chester and OT Trent Williams each started their 13th consecutive game for Washington as the Redskins won their fourth straight in overtime over Baltimore, 31-28.

OT Donald Stephenson saw action for the 13th time in as many games in Kansas City's 30-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

  Monday, December 10

It's Finals Week in Norman! Catch up on the latest in Boomer Bytes as the team studies and finishes the academic semester strong.
Waco Tribune-Herald All-Big 12 Team - 9:08 a.m.
KR Justin Brown, DB Aaron Colvin and OL Gabe Ikard were all named to the Waco Tribune-Herald's All-Big 12 First Team. Meanwhile, OL Bronson Irwin, DB Tony Jefferson, DL Chuke Ndulue and WR Kenny Stills earned second team honors.
  Thursday, December 6

View Thursday's headlines in Boomer Bytes plus send your congrats to @GabeIkard for being named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Football Team.
ESPN Insider College Football QB Rankings - 6:15 p.m.
ESPN Insider's Brock Huard has ranked his Top 10 quarterbacks in college football throughout the 2012 season. In his final edition, he has Sooner QB Landry Jones as the second-best gunslinger in the country, saying he's "saved his best football for last."

ESPN Insider: Landry Jones No. 2 Among Quarterbacks
Jefferson Earns Honor - 6:10 p.m.
Junior defensive back Tony Jefferson was selected to the 2012 All-America Second Team, which was released on Thursday. Check out the rosters here.
  Wednesday, December 5

View Wednesday's headlines in Boomer Bytes plus complete info on the four Sooners named All-Big 12 First Team here.
Three Sooners AP All-Big 12 - 12:38 p.m.
Three Sooners were named to the Associated Press All-Big 12 First Team, while three other Oklahoma players were named to the AP All-Big 12 Second Team on Wednesday.
Junior C Gabe Ikard earned his second straight first-team berth on the AP squad, while junior DBs Aaron Colvin and Tony Jefferson made their initial appearance on the first unit. Jefferson was an honorable mention pick in 2011.
Junior Trey Millard earned second-team honors from AP as a tight end, while junior WR Kenny Stills was also a second-team selection. Stills made the AP squad as an honorable mention honorable last season. Senior QB Landry Jones tied for the second-team quarterback spot with West Virginia's Geno Smith.
Coaches Honor Four for All-Big 12 - 11:01 a.m.
Four Sooners were named to the All-Big 12 First Team, the league announced Wednesday. Offensive lineman Gabe Ikard and fullback Trey Millard were named to the first team along with defensive backs Aaron Colvin and Tony Jefferson.
The University of Oklahoma has placed at least one player on the All-Conference first team every season since 1926 (87 years). In fact, OU has only had one season when playing in a conference without first-team honors (1925). That's 97 of 98 seasons.

Four Sooners Named All-Big 12 First Team by Coaches
  Tuesday, December 4

Check out the latest headlines on the Sooners in Tuesday's Boomer Bytes as reaction continues from Oklahoma's upcoming trip to the Cotton Bowl. Here's the latest:
Sooners in the NFL Week 13 - 9:41 a.m.
Want to know how the pro Sooners did in Week 13 of the NFL? We have all of the top performances below:

RB Adrian Peterson ran 21 times for a season-high 210 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown, and caught one pass for 10 yards in Minnesota's 23-14 loss to Green Bay. Peterson continues to lead the league in rushing with 1,446 yards. The next closest rusher is 308 yards behind. OT Phil Loadholt started for the 12th time.

RB Demarco Murray returned for the Cowboys, rushing 23 times for 83 yards and a score and recording four receptions for 19 yards in Dallas' 38-33 win over the Eagles.

QB Sam Bradford completed 26-of-39 passes for 221 yards, leading St. Louis to a 16-13 win over San Francisco.

WR Ryan Broyles had a three-yard catch, but will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL against the Colts.

TE Jermaine Gresham caught four passes for 35 yards and a touchdown to help Cincinnati beat San Diego, 20-13.

LB Curtis Lofton had a pass defended and led the Saints in tackles with eight, including one for loss, while PK Garrett Hartley booted in two field goals and three extra points as New Orleans lost to Atlanta, 23-13.

LB Keenan Clayton recorded two tackles in Oakland's 20-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

DT Gerald McCoy matched his season high with four tackles, but Tampa Bay lost, 31-23, to Denver.

OG Chris Chester and OT Trent Williams each started their 12th consecutive game for Washington in a 17-16 win over the Giants.

OT Donald Stephenson saw action for the 12th time in as many games in Kansas City's 27-21 win over Carolina.
  Monday, December 3

The Sooners have the week off to prepare for finals and take a break before looking ahead to Cotton Bowl opponent Texas A&M. Here's the latest on Oklahoma football:
OU Sells Out Cotton Bowl Ticket Allotment - 12:19 p.m.
The University of Oklahoma confirmed Monday that it has sold out its allotment of tickets for AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic vs. Texas A&M. The Sooners and Aggies will meet on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. CT at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Oklahoma's original allotment of 12,500 tickets went on sale to OU season-ticket holders upon the game's announcement at 7:45 p.m. Sunday. OU requested additional tickets from the Cotton Bowl, and that allotment was sold out by approximately 11:45 a.m. Monday, bringing the total number of tickets purchased to more than 13,000. All-Americans - 3:06 p.m.
University of Oklahoma junior safety Tony Jefferson was named to the All-America second team, while offensive lineman Lane Johnson was a third-team selection. Both were listed on the website's 2012 All-Big 12 team, along with junior defensive back Aaron Colvin. Check out the full teams below: All-American Teams | Big 12
Way Earns Big 12 Honor - 10:14 a.m.
The Big 12 Conference announced Monday that P Tress Way has been named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his role in a 24-17 Oklahoma victory at TCU. Way's honor marked the third consecutive week that a member of the Sooners has earned Big 12 Player of the Week accolades.
The senior from Tulsa, Okla., punted seven times for 345 yards (49.3 avg.) against the Horned Frogs, landing two punts inside the 20-yard line. He booted a season-long 75-yard punt in the third quarter, his longest punt of the season and the third-longest of his career. It was his fifth career punt of 70 yards or more.

Big 12 Conference Player of the Week Selections
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