Oklahoma travels to El Paso, Texas, today in advance of its season opener on Saturday night at UTEP (9:30 CT). For a fan FAQ, read Thursday's Sooner Report and check out the latest on OU Football in Sooner Gameday Central.
Football Players Visit The Children's Center - 11:56 a.m. A few Sooners recently visited The Children's Center. Jonathan, who had surgery and is currently designated there, edited a documentary of OU's trip to see him.
Thursday, August 30
College football officially gets underway today, as the Sooners put together their final preparations for Saturday night's kickoff at UTEP (9:30 CT). For the latest, read Wednesday's Sooner Report and Sooner Gameday Central.
Haney: Two Sooners on Breakout List - 9:17 a.m. Oklahoma was one of just three teams with two players on ESPN Insider writer Travis Haney's "Top 30 breakout players for 2012." Junior DB Tony Jefferson came in sixth on the list, while senior WR Justin Brown ranked 16th. Those with a paid subscription can read his take on both here, and see the rest of the list.
Wednesday, August 29
Two days down, three to go. The Sooners are inching closer to kickoff at UTEP (Saturday, 9:30 p.m. CT). For the latest, read Tuesday's Sooner Report and Sooner Gameday Central.
Mandel: Breakout for Metoyer - 1:52 p.m. Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated predicts big things for freshman receiver Trey Metoyer: "Landry Jones often attempts 45-to-55 passes a game, but the departure of Sooners All-America Ryan Broyles and several suspensions/defections leaves a void at wide receiver. Enter Metoyer, a five-star recruit out of Hargrave Academy with incredible leaping ability and hands that catch everything in his vicinity. He'll put up big numbers fast...."
Another Preview, More OU Love - 8:56 a.m. John Marshall of the AP recently released his 2012 college football preview, which highlights OU on multiple occasions. Oklahoma was listed as one of his top five teams, QB Landry Jones was listed as one the top eight players plus OU-Texas and OU-Notre Dame were listed as two of his eight biggest games in college football this season.
Tuesday, August 28
Game week continues on Tuesday as the Sooners will practice again this afternoon and select offensive players and coaches will be made available to the media. OU opens the season Saturday evening at 9:30 p.m. CT at UTEP. For more on the Miners, read Monday's Sooner Report, and keep up-to-date on the latest inside Gameday Central.
OU Featured in BCS Chase Article on ESPN - 3:09 p.m. ESPN.com Mark Schlabach listed 10 games that may have a direct impact on who will play for this year's national championship. Oklahoma was one of just three schools featured in multiple games on the list, with the Sooners' contests vs. Texas and at West Virginia making the cut.
Jones "Preparing a Heisman" Feature - 11:05 a.m. CampusInsiders.com produced a two-part feature on Landry Jones and the rich Heisman history at the University of Oklahoma. The new site also did a segment more specific to Jones, which can be found below.
Jones All-Access Video Feature - 9:18 a.m. Newly-founded CampusInsiders.com was in Norman recently to do a pair of two-part features on senior quarterback Landry Jones. Part I and II of "All-Access" are below. Check back throughout the day for the two-part "Preparing a Heisman" videos.
Monday, August 27
It's game week! Oklahoma heads to El Paso this weekend to open its 118th season of football at UTEP. Head coach Bob Stoops and selected players will meet with the media today so check out Gameday Central for the that and much more.
Student-Athletes Assist Madison Elementary - 9:08 a.m. Oklahoma student-athletes, including several members of the football team, recently helped Madison Elementary with back-to-school projects after Madison underwent remodeling over the summer. Click here or the photo below to check out pictures.
Friday, August 24
We're just eight days away from kickoff as the Sooners continue preparations for their opening game at UTEP next Saturday. Check out Preseason Central for the latest.
Big Games Coming for OU - 9:43 a.m. Running through the entire college football schedule, CBSsports.com's Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) picked out his preseason games of the year. Four of OU's games made the list: OU vs. Texas (10/13), OU vs. Notre Dame (10/27), OU at West Virginia (11/17) and OU at TCU (12/1). Check out his full list as well as the entire 2012 OU schedule.
Wednesday, August 22
Oklahoma is inching closer to gameday, practicing Wednesday afternoon at the Bud Wilkinson Practice Facility. Here's the latest Sooner Report, as well as the packed Preseason Central to get caught up on OU Football.
ESPN's Big 12 Preview - 5:46 p.m. ESPN analysts Todd Blackledge and Kirk Herbstreit break down the Sooners and the Big 12, picking OU to win the conference.
Value of Nickel Going Up - 5:03 p.m. Two Sooners are solidifying the nickel position and providing quality depth in the secondary.
"I feel like we have had a really solid camp," defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. "(Julian Wilson) will see a lot of playing time. He has worked awfully hard. Gabe Lynn gives us some flexibility within our defense. If we go five or six DBs, we will feel good about those six players."
Lynn has played in 17 career games with two starts last year, and is the frontrunner to start at nickel. The Jenks, Okla., native recorded 22 tackles in 2011.
"Inside he is a big, long guy that can cover people up," Mike Stoops said. "He is not slow by any stretch of the imagination, but he understands where he is supposed to be inside. He likes contact and he likes to hit people. He is a great tackler. We feel very comfortable with where he is at inside."
Wilson, meanwhile, played in 11 games last season as a freshman, primarily contributing on special teams.
"Julian's been very good," Bob Stoops said. "He's going to play a lot this year. Whether he starts or not, he's going to be in the rotation with those guys. We've really liked how he's played. He's done really well."
Tuesday, August 21
The Sooners returned to classes and the practice fields on Monday afternoon. Here's the latest Sooner Report, as well as the ever-loaded Preseason Central to get caught up on OU Football.
Jefferson, OU Highlighted in Herbie Awards - 2:16 p.m. ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit unveiled the 12th annual Herbie Awards on The Worldwide Leader's website Tuesday, as the Sooners were highlighted in five different categories. OU was led by Tony Jefferson, whose name popped up three times. "The Herbie Awards" air on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday evening.
Mike Stoops was tabbed the best coordinator hire nationally.
Tony Jefferson was listed as the second-best safety, No. 4 under "Don't Turn Your Back: Backyard Football," and was named to the All-Herbie Team.
WR Trey Metoyer was listed fourth in the "Ahead of the Curve" award.
Herbstreit picked Oklahoma to win the Big 12.
Sooners in the NFL: Preseason Week 2 - 1:47 p.m. QB Sam Bradford sported a quarterback rating of 144.4, completing 6-of-9 pass attempts for 102 yards and two TDs as the St. Louis Rams defeated Kansas City, 31-17.
DB Jamell Fleming led the Arizona Cardinals with eight tackles and added a pass defended in the 31-27 win over Oakland.
TE Jermaine Gresham injured his right knee on a 25-yard reception as the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 24-19, on Thursday. Gresham is expected to be OK. Dominique Franks had two tackles for Atlanta.
DE Auston English recorded two tackles and a pass defended in the Cleveland Browns' 35-10 win over Green Bay.
RB Mossis Madu ran five times for 11 yards and recorded a six-yard reception, while Gerald McCoy notched a tackle in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 30-7 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Curtis Lofton registered five stops, Remi Ayodele notched a tackle, and Garrett Hartley booted a 37-yard field goal and an extra point, but New Orleans lost, 27-24, to Jacksonville.
DE Frank Alexander recorded a sack, TE J.J. Finley snatched a 5-yard reception, Reggie Smith had four tackles and Jonathan Nelson had three tackles as the Sooner quartet helped the Carolina Panthers defeat the Miami Dolphins, 23-17.
WR Ryan Broyles made his debit with two receptions for 26 yards in the Detroit Lions' 27-12 win over Baltimore. Ronnell Lewis recorded a tackle and pass defended, while Travis Lewis registered a stop for Detroit.
Jeremy Beal had two tackles, including a TFL, but his Denver Broncos fell to Seattle, 30-10.
TE James Hanna hauled in four receptions for 31 yards and RB DeMarco Murray recorded three carries for 12 yards and two receptions for 18 yards in Dallas' 30-28 loss at San Diego.
Forde Lists Top 25 Most Intriguing Coaches - 9:10 a.m. With expectations high as always, OU head coach Bob Stoops was listed by Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports as the 18th-most intriguing coach in college football. Read the whole article here.
Sunday, August 19
The Sooners are off for the second consecutive day today, but return to practice tomorrow as classes begin this week. Check out Preseason Central to review the past few weeks for OU.
Metoyer Recognized As Impact Freshman - 3:55 p.m. ESPN.com writer Mark Schlabach unveiled his "What's hot (and not) for 2012" list recently, and one of his hot items was impact freshmen who "might play big roles on championship contenders." OU first-year wide receiver Trey Metoyer was among them. Click here or on his photo below to view the complete article.
Thursday, August 16
The Sooners scrimmaged this morning in their second-to-last preseason practice. Check out Preseason Central for all of the latest content from practice throughout the day.
SiriusXM College Sports Nation Visits Norman - 2:53 p.m. SiriusXM College Sports Nation visited the University of Oklahoma today as part of its 2012 Camp Tour and broadcasted live from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Switzer Center. It marked the 11th of 13 stops for the station during the month of August to the top college football programs in the country.
Among those that visited with Mark Packer and Gino Torretta were: Barry Switzer, Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione, head coach Bob Stoops, Landry Jones, Gabe Ikard, Kenny Stills and Tony Jefferson.
The Stoops Coaching Tree - 10:47 a.m. ESPN Insider broke down the most influential coaching trees in college football, and head coach Bob Stoops ranked second, as four former OU assistants are now head coaches in power conferences. Those with a subscription can read the article here.
Wednesday, August 15
Oklahoma completed the first half of its final two-a-day of preseason camp this morning. Check out Preseason Central for all of the latest content from practice throughout the day.
Oklahoma Starts Fifth in SI Preseason Poll - 4:12 p.m. Sports Illustrated released its 2012 preseason top 25 on Wednesday, slotting the Sooners at fifth. Click here for SI's complete poll, and here for its extensive preview on OU.
Jefferson Ranked 13th Among Big 12 Players - 1:50 p.m. Junior DB Tony Jefferson has been ranked by ESPN.com's Big 12 Blog as the 13th-best player in the conference, as the list unravels with a new player each day.
Landry Jones Featured on SI Cover - 11:30 a.m. OU senior quarterback Landry Jones has been selected to be on one of five regional covers for the Sports Illustrated college football season preview issue, set to be released this week:
The Sooners took the Oklahoma Rugby Fields once again Tuesday morning, bouncing back from Monday's two-a-day. The offense had added responsibilities, with select players and coaches made available to the media. Check out Preseason Central for all of the latest content from practice throughout the day.
Offense Available to the Media - 4:26 p.m. Select OU offensive players and coaches were made available to the media following Tuesday morning's practice. Check out senior QB Landry Jones' session as well as links to others below:
Sooners in NFL Preseason Action - 9:40 a.m. Several former Sooners were in action throughout the NFL preseason this past weekend. Check out the highlights below:
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham caught a 19-yard pass in a 17-6 win over the New York Jets on Friday.
Ronnell Lewis had two tackles and Travis Lewis notched a stop, as their Detroit Lions fell Friday, 19-17, to the Cleveland Browns.
Several former Sooners (Davin Joseph, Mossis Madu and Gerald McCoy) had a hand in Tampa Bay's 20-7 win on Friday over the Miami Dolphins. Madu rushed for six yards and hauled in a pair of receptions, while McCoy recorded a tackle-for-loss.
Cornerback Jamell Fleming registered three tackles, including one for loss, as his Arizona Cardinals lost, 27-17, to the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday.
WR Juaquin Iglesias reeled in two receptions for 23 yards in the Houston Texans' 26-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Saturday. For the Panthers, Reggie Nelson tallied three tackles, Frank Alexander had a pair of tackles in his debut and Jonathan Nelson had a stop.
Quarterback Sam Bradford completed 7-of-9 pass attempts for 57 yards as the St. Louis Rams lost 38-3 to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Sunday, August 12
For the second consecutive day, the Sooners practiced at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, enduring a walk-through after Sunday's scrimmage. Check out post-practice interviews below.
Post-Practice Interview with Brennan Clay - 6:34 p.m. Running back Brennan Clay has his sights set high this season for OU and himself. Following practice, Clay talked about his goals, Sunday's walk-through and receives a special visit from Tony Jefferson:
Post-Practice Interview with Aaron Colvin - 6:22 p.m. Aaron Colvin was eager to return to the field after missing spring practice recovering from shoulder surgery. The junior corner from Owasso tied for the team lead in tackles in 2011 and led OU with 58 solo tackles last season playing at safety. Following practice, Colvin discussed his move back to CB, Mike Stoops' direction, the competition in the secondary and his favorite receiver to challenge:
Saturday, August 11
The Sooners practiced at Owen Field this morning, taking a crack at their first preseason scrimmage this fall. Check out coverage in Preseason Central for pre-scrimmage video and photos.
Post-Scrimmage Interview with Adam Shead - 12:20 p.m. Following Saturday's preseason scrimmage, sophomore OL Adam Shead took a few minutes to give us his take on Saturday's work, his expanded role within the offense and more:
Friday, August 10
Who is ready for another two-a-day? The Sooners are, having completed the first portion of it this morning at 8 a.m. Following today, OU will have two more two-a-days on August 13 and 15. Check out Preseason Central for all of the latest content from practice throughout the day.
Sooners in NFL Preseason Action - 12:03 p.m. Several former Sooners were in action throughout the NFL preseason on Thursday evening. Check out the highlights below:
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dominique Franks tied for Atlanta's leading tackler with six stops and returned a punt 45 yards, but the Falcons lost 31-17 to the Baltimore Ravens.
New Orleans Saints LB Curtis Lofton tied for the team's second-most tackles with six, while also recovering a fumble. Saint and former Sooner Garrett Hartley also made good on a 27-yard field goal for half of the Saints' points, as New Orleans lost to New England, 7-6.
LB Keenan Clayton recorded two tackles as his Philadelphia Eagles topped the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-23.
Denver Broncos DE Jeremy Beal disrupted a pair of Chicago Bear third downs with two sacks totaling a loss of 11 yards and recorded three total tackles in a 31-3 win.
Sooners Fourth in ESPN Power Rankings - 10:16 a.m. ESPN has unveiled its preseason college football power rankings with five schools per day, starting with 25-21. After the long wait, OU fans finally know where their team stands as The Worldwide Leader pegged the Sooners fourth. Check out ESPN's take.
Thursday, August 9
After going through two practices Wednesday, the Sooners were one-and-done on Thursday morning. Check out Preseason Central for all of the latest content from practice, including a Mic'd Up feature with FB Trey Millard.
Trey Millard Underrated? - 2:28 p.m. Junior fullback Trey Millard was featured in ESPN.com's Big 12 blog on Thursday afternoon, as David Ubben highlighted the league's most underrated players. Click here to read the entire post and check out his Mic'd Up feature below.
Post-Practice Interview with Dominique Whaley - 12:25 p.m. Senior RB Dominique Whaley stopped by to talk after practice and spoke on his comeback from last season's injury, preseason camp and more.
Wednesday, August 8
One down, one to go. The Sooners wrapped up their first of two practices this morning, as Wednesday marks the first
two-a-days schedule, a routine OU will face three more times during the preseason (August 10, 13 and 15). Check out Preseason Central for all of the latest content from practice.
Jones Preseason Heisman Favorite? - 2:45 p.m.
ESPN.com college football
writer Ivan Maisel (@Ivan_Maisel) listed OU senior quarterback Landry Jones as his preseason Heisman frontrunner during his online chat Wednesday afternoon at around the 3:18 p.m. mark. In response to his first question, Maisel also expects the Sooners to win the Big 12 this year.
Head coach Bob Stoops announced that senior wide receiver Justin Brown has joined the University of Oklahoma football roster. Brown comes to Norman after spending three seasons at Penn State, where he was named third-team preseason All-Big Ten by Phil Steele's College Football Preview.
During his tenure with the Nittany Lions, Brown saw duty in 30 contests, collecting 73 receptions for 1,047 yards (14.9 avg.) with three touchdowns. His career receiving yardage total ranks 20th in Penn State history. He also returned 49 punts for 338 yards (6.9 avg.) with a 33-yard long.
"We are excited that Justin wants to finish his college career here at OU," Stoops said. "Justin started 11 games last season and was a productive performer on offense and special teams. We are confident that he can quickly integrate with our team. We're looking forward to the experience and maturity he will add to our receiving corps."
Brown was the only Penn State player to have at least one catch in every game last year, ranking second on the squad with 35 catches for 517 yards (14.8 avg.) with three touchdowns. He registered a career-long, 69-yard scoring grab in the TicketCity Bowl vs. Houston.
He led the team with 27 punt returns for 220 yards. His 33-yard punt returns vs. Purdue and at Wisconsin were the club's longest of the season, while his 737 all-purpose yards were the team's third-highest tally. In total, he took 731 snaps in 2011, the highest total of any Penn State wide receiver or running back.
Oklahoma Drill in Practice - 9:34 a.m.
OU donned full pads for the first time this preseason during Tuesday morning's practice at the Oklahoma Rugby Fields, and welcomed rain showers for approximately 10 minutes. Check out Preseason Central where videos and photos can be found throughout the day, including a look at the Oklahoma Drill.
Monday, August 6
For the second consecutive day, the Sooners will start their preseason practice at 9:45 a.m. Check out SoonerSports.com throughout the day for complete coverage from practice four, including Preseason Central where videos and photos can be found later this morning.
Post-Practice Interview With Trey Millard - 2:51 p.m. Junior FB Trey Millard took a few minutes after practice to chat with SoonerSports.com, commenting on the different standard at OU, what's surprised him most after four practices and more.
Post-Practice Interview With Trey Metoyer - 2:26 p.m. Freshman wide receiver Trey Metoyer stopped by with SoonerSports.com following Monday's practice and spoke about his observations on fellow young wideouts, how excited he'll be to put on the Sooner uniform Sept. 1 and more.
Sooners Kickoff NFL Preseason - 9:12 a.m. The NFL preseason opened up Sunday evening with the annual Hall of Fame Game, which saw four former Sooners in action. Three Sooners helped the New Orleans Saints to a 17-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Remi Ayodele and Curtis Lofton each had three tackles for New Orleans, while Garrett Hartley chipped in a pair of extra points. For the Cardinals, Jamell Fleming recorded a tackle.
Sunday, August 5
After enduring an exhausting Saturday, the Sooners were back at it this morning for a 9:45 a.m. practice, marking OU's first time in shells this fall. Check out Preseason Central for photo and video coverage from this morning's practice and if you missed all of our coverage from yesterday, scroll below and take a peek.
A long day of action for the Oklahoma football team began this morning at 6:45 a.m. with the Sooners' second practice of the 2012 preseason, which was followed by Meet The Sooners Day and Media Day. Check out Preseason Central for photo and video coverage from this morning's practice.
SoonerVision Shoot Outtakes - 8:22 p.m. As part of the day's events, members of the OU football team were involved in a video shoot for content to be used during gameday. Watch the video below for the lighter side of the Sooners, sure to make you laugh.
Behind The Scenes At Meet The Sooners Day - 6:04 p.m. SoonerVision captured the sights and sounds from Meet The Sooners Day, including shots of fans and player interviews. Check it out.
Nelson Answers @sportsfanjeff - 5:31 p.m. Want to know what music pumps up Corey Nelson? @sportsfanjeff did, and Nelson answered during media day.
Media Day Photo Coverage - 5:06 p.m. A crazy day for the Sooners consisting of practice, Meet The Sooners Day and media day has concluded here in Norman. Multiple aspects made up media day, which marked the end of OU's second day of preseason camp. Click here or the photo below for behind-the-scenes pictures and continue to check SoonerSports.com for video coverage.
Johnson Answers Question From @Onikuno - 4:41 p.m. We provided fans the opportunity to submit questions to our student-athletes via Twitter throughout today's festivities.
Meet The Sooners Day Coverage - 12:58 p.m. The 2012 Meet The Sooners Day has officially come to a close as tons of OU fans were able to bring their kids, interact with the team and receive autographs from their favorite players. Click here or on the Kenny Stills photo below to check out a photo gallery and stay tuned for a behind-the-scenes video later in the day.
Oklahoma officially opened preseason practice for the 2012 season with a 6 a.m. start this morning.
Check out Preseason Central for the latest links to photo and video coverage from this morning's opening session.
Meet The Sooners Day Is Tomorrow - 3:42 p.m. Know which line you're headed for tomorrow at Meet The Sooners Day? Find the photo in our Facebook gallery by clicking the picture below and "like" your choice.
Click here for times, maps and all the information you need surrounding Meet The Sooners Day.
R.J. Washington Talks Day One - 1:55 p.m. Senior defensive end R.J. Washington, enduring his final first day of preseason practice at OU, takes fans through today's schedule of events for the Sooners.
More Love From ESPN Insider - 10:56 a.m.
Oklahoma is known for having top-tier talent everywhere you look, and that's no different
with the Sooner secondary, according to ESPN Insider's KC Joyner (@KCJoynerTFS). Joyner classifies OU's defensive backs as the eighth-best unit nationally.
Jones Ranked Among Nation's Elite QBs - 10:35 a.m.
Sooner senior quarterback Landry Jones is ranked as the fourth best college quarterback in the country by ESPN Insider's Brock Huard. Those that have a paid subscription can check out the feature by clicking here.
Jones, who owns 13 program passing records and is OU's all-time passing leader with 12,379 career yards, led the Sooners' first-team offense through the opening practice of preseason this morning.
Thursday, August 2
The Sooners report today for preseason camp as Oklahoma begins preparations for its 118th season of football:
Preseason Camp Begins With Team Meeting - 5:04 p.m.
The Sooners have officially arrived and reported for preseason camp, which kicked off with a team meeting to review important details surrounding compliance, academics, equipment and other necessary information. Click here or the photo below to view a photo gallery from the Sooners report day and check SoonerSports.com shortly for more from Norman.
Getting Closer To Camp - 2:16 p.m.
As OU gets closer to officially reporting for camp, click the images below to check out a panoramic view from the Adrian Peterson Team Meeting Room as well as Owen Field, both of which will see the
Sooners quite a bit over the next few months.
Sporting News Agrees With Coaches - 1:27 p.m.
The USA Today
Coaches Preseason Poll was released earlier this morning, where the Sooners were ranked fourth. According to Sporting News, the coaches got it right. The national outlet released its preseason Top 25 recently, slotting OU fourth also. SN says, "Both sides of the ball are loaded with playmakers."
Click here to check out the Sporting News' Preseason Top 25 and its take on the Sooners.
Switzer Center Panoramic View - 9:25 a.m.
In just a few hours, Sooner football players will be swarming
this area of the Barry Switzer Center, right outside the locker room and equipment room. Check out a 360 panoramic view of the calm before the storm by clicking here or the photo below.
Wednesday, August 1
View the latest notes and features on OU Football in the Sooner Football Notebook updated directly from Norman:
SiriusXM Tour To Visit Norman - 4:02 p.m.
SiriusXM College Sports Nation will broadcast live from the OU football team's practice on Thursday, Aug. 16 as part of its inaugural Camp Tour, in which the radio station visits 13 of the top college football programs around the country during the month of August.
Radio personalities Jack Arute and Randy Cross will broadcast live from preseason camp in Norman from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT. Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione, head coach Bob Stoops and others will be featured on the show. To view the entire SiriusXM College Sports Nation Camp Tour, click here.
Players Report - 1:26 p.m.
OU players report for preseason practice on Thursday in Norman. The first practice of the preseason begins Friday morning as the Sooners prepare for the 2012 season-opener at UTEP on September 1. Full coverage at 2012 Preseason Central.
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