From ESPN: "The Sooners boast the Big 12's top returning defender in Travis Lewis, who has notched at least 100 tackles in each of the past three seasons, and he'll be joined by the Big 12's co-Defensive Freshman of the Year, Tony Jefferson. Tom Wort and Corey Nelson are both loaded with potential, and will fill out the..."
From the Tampa Tribune: "Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy has only one year of NFL experience, but he has mentored rookie DE Adrian Clayborn like a veteran this offseason. McCoy spent extra time teaching Clayborn, the team's first-round draft pick, how to perform drills during an unofficial training..."
From ESPN: "The tradition. Walking down the halls, I can remember the first day I was there. I remember walking down the halls and looking at all the pictures of the players who played there and all the bowl championships and Big 12, Big 8 championships, all those championships and thinking, "Wow, to be a part of this is..."
Kyle Frederickson of the Tulsa World: "As Oklahoma gears up for the 2011 season, one Sooner defensive back says he's poised for a breakout season. Gabe Lynn, a redshirt sophomore and Jenks High School graduate, volunteered at the Felix Jones "Go Hard Football Academy" at Chapman Stadium on Saturday and said..."
Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman: "Eleven years after they first met in Norman, the quarterback and his favorite receiver still share a special bond. It started in the weight room and on the practice field, eventually making its way to a national audience."
ESPN's Urban Meyer was in Norman Monday to interview Oklahoma junior quarterback Landry Jones. Meyer sat down with Jones inside the Switzer Center for approximately 30 minutes to discuss how he has matured into a leader for the Sooners. The piece will air on ESPN's College Football Live and SportsCenter during the month of July. You'll have to tune in then to see the actual interview, but here's a quick behind-the-scenes video and photo gallery:
STOOPS' SUSTAINED SUCCESS
John Hoover of the Tulsa World: "Stoops' success at Oklahoma stands alone. He not only has won more games than any other coach since 2000, he's won more conference championships and played in more BCS national championship games."
"Success is not a hope but an expectation for Stoops, who feels confident about his squad heading into the fall. The leader of the Sooners talked about his maturing quarterback, a transformed tailback situation and the rest of his team..."
Scott Wright of the Oklahoman: "I love Oklahoma City," McCoy said. "This is my home. Everything needs a base. If the base isn't there, it's not gonna work. So this is my base. I just love my city, so anything I can do to help, I'm gonna do. "I believe God blesses us so that we can bless others. He has given me a huge opportunity..."
From Athlon Sports: "Oklahoma did in 2010 what it always seems to do -- win the Big 12 championship, a record seventh title in the relatively brief annals of the conference. And with starters returning seemingly everywhere and Nebraska gone and Texas down and few real road tests on the schedule, it's easy to peg the Sooners as..."
From CBS Sports: "Everything is in place. Though only a junior, Landry Jones is already a grizzled vet coming off a monster sophomore season, and in Ryan Broyles he may have the nation's top wide receiver at his disposal. TE James Hanna is a touchdown machine, and all will be led by what will be an impressive..."
Mike Huguenin of Rivals: "Habern, a junior, will be a third-year starter this fall despite suffering two ankle injuries in his time with the Sooners. Ikard arrived on campus as a tight end, but he has added about 50 pounds (he's now at 6-2 and 290) and was one of the best freshmen linemen in the nation last season after redshirting..."
From CBS Sports: "The Sooners offense has been an explosive one for as long as Bob Stoops has been at the wheel, and one that gives the quarterback a lot of toys to play with. Life is a lot easier when you have guys like Ryan Broyles, Kenny Stills and James Hanna to throw to. Still, Jones is the kid in charge of driving the car..."
Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman: "An Oklahoma pastime the last 12 years has been Bob Stoops impersonations. Who on the team does the best Stoops impersonation? "Lane Johnson," center Ben Habern said last week during the OU Caravan in Dallas. "That kid can do coach Stoops, along with every other coach on staff." Habern..."
From Athlon Sports: "Landry Jones made the leap among the quarterbacking elite last year, eventually leading the Big 12 in passing yards and touchdowns and winning the Sammy Baugh Award as college football's top passer. Stats aside, Jones' greatest gains came mentally as he emerged as a better game manager..."
Olin Buchanon of Yahoo Sports: "Stoops is one of the top five coaches in the country. Actually, make that top three behind Nick Saban and ... heck, make it top two. The Sooners are 129-31 under Stoops, with seven Big 12 championships, a national championship and three more appearances in the BCS national championship..."
Congratulations to Brian Lepak who
was among the 24 Big 12 student-athletes selected to receive 2010-11 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships. Lepak has finished his career as an offensive lineman on OU's football team that captured the 2010 Big 12 Championship. He made two career starts and played in 18 games in two seasons after transferring from Colorado State.
From ESPN: " Bob Stoops has built one of the most consistent winners in the country. Under his watch, OU has won seven Big 12 titles and played in four BCS National Championship games since 2000. Eight BCS appearances and one title make anything but a 5 impossible to argue here. Colleague Mark Schlabach recently..."
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