Josh Heupel's 14 Foundation will hold its annual Holiday Food Drive this Saturday prior to the OU vs. Texas A&M game. Cash donations will be accepted at the stadium gates.
For those not attending the game who still have an interest in contributing, donations can be sent to: 14 Foundation, PO Box 1613, Norman, OK, 73070.
This marks the 11th year for the drive, which began while Heupel was a quarterback at Oklahoma in 2000. More than 100,000 meals have been served since the drive's inception. This year, it is anticipated the 15,000 meals will be served in at least 10 different Oklahoma communities. Other organizations that play an active role in the project include OU's football program, the Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Landry Jones has been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week following his record-performance Saturday at Kansas State. Jones completed 35-of-47 passes for a school-record 505 yards and five touchdowns. OU finished with 690 yards of total offense.
Bob Barry, Sr., the "Voice of the Sooners" from 1961-1972 and 1991-2011, has passed away at the age of 80. View official statements released by the University of Oklahoma, photos from Barry's legendary 50 years in broadcasting and more:
Quarterback Landry Jones is among the 10 finalists for the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The other finalists are Nick Foles (Arizona), Robert Griffin III (Baylor), Case Keenum (Houston), Andrew Luck (Stanford), Kellen Moore (Boise State), Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M), Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State), Russell Wilson (Wisconsin) and Tyler Wilson (Arkansas). OU's Jason White won the award in 2004.
Ryan Broyles has been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Oklahoma's 47-17 win at Kansas. Broyles had 13 catches
for a school-record 217 yards while also setting the NCAA career receptions record and Big 12 career TD receptions record during the game. Broyles also had 84 punt return yards to give him an all-purpose total of 301.
Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman: "Bob Stoops had a subliminal message for college football during his press conference Tuesday. Watch out for the Sooners in 2012. Maybe it was because the Texas spin, after a 55-17 Sooner romp last Saturday, was that the Longhorns are young. Maybe it was because Stoops wants..."
After a career-high 13 tackles and a fumble return for a TD, Jamell Fleming has been named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week. Fleming is the third Sooner and second different defensive player to earn a national weekly honor following OU's win over Texas. Frank Alexander collected the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and Landry Jones the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week.
Fleming is also the second Sooner to collect the Nagurski weekly award this season after Javon Harris won it for his two-interception outing at Florida State. Both Fleming and Harris are now on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Year.
BROYLES NEARS RECORD
Ryan Broyles needs just four catches to break the NCAA record for career receptions. He currently has 313. The mark is held by Taylor Stubblefield, who caught 316 passes for Purdue from 2001-2004. So far this season, Broyles has 47 grabs for 598 yards (119.6 per game, 12.7 per catch) and seven touchdowns.
For his career, Broyles has 313 catches for 4,027 yards and 42 TDs. Already the Big 12's all-time leader in receptions, he needs one more touchdown catch to set the league mark in that category.
LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN
Opportunities to see the Sooners at home in 2011 are dwindling. The OU Athletics Ticket Office announced today it has a limited number of tickets remaining for the Iowa State (Nov. 26) and only singles left for Texas Tech (Oct. 22). Both games kick off at 7 p.m.
Following OU's commanding 55-17 victory over Texas, Landry Jones has been named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week. Jones completed 31-of-50 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns. In Oklahoma's past three games, Jones has collected 1,240 passing yards and 11 TDs. He currently ranks second in the nation in total offense, averaging 363.2 yards per game.
BIG 12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Landry Jones and Jamell Fleming swept the Big 12's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards following OU's 55-17 win over Texas. Jones threw for 367 yards while Fleming had a career-high 13 tackles and returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown as OU's defense held the Longhorns to just 259 total yards.
BEDNARIK WATCH LIST
The Maxwell Foundation announced today that Oklahoma defensive ends Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis have been added to the watch list for the 2011 Bednarik Award, presented annually to the top defensive player in college football.
From ESPN: "Defensive ends Frank Alexander, who is having an All-Big 12-caliber season, and Ronnell Lewis were relentless off the edge, combining for five sacks and seven tackles for loss against the Longhorns. David King and R.J. Washington also had success rushing the passer, each recording a quarterback pressure..."
Oklahoma senior DE Frank Alexander has been named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in OU's 55-17 win over Texas. Alexander posted six tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry as Oklahoma gave up just 259 yards of total offense.
Alexander is the second Sooner to earn a national weekly honor this season, following Javon Harris, who earned the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week award after his two-interception outing at Florida State on Sept. 17.
John Shinn of the Norman Transcript: "It's why the difference in the Red River Rivalry typically comes down to poise. Year after year, one team handles the wild and crazy atmosphere and the often violent momentum swings better than the other. Here are five reasons why poise rules OU-Texas games on an annual basis..."
Mike Baldwin of the Oklahoman: "Because he's had so much success, defensive coordinators game plan to minimize Broyles' impact. "He's had to learn how to work against double coverage, bump-and-run coverage and Buffalo coverage, where they're playing outside and deep," Norvell said. "He's also had patience..."
Clay Horning of the Norman Transcript: "People forget, but the most telling factor in Red River Rivalry success tends to be Red River Rivalry success. If you won last year, you'll probably win this year. It's just the nature of the rivalry. So, there's that. Then there's the fact OU's just plain better, pretty much across the..."
Jake Trotter of ESPN: "Now, probably more than ever, Oklahoma needs to defeat the Longhorns. Needs to pummel them into oblivion. Needs to humble college football's biggest diva. Yes, the game has Big 12 championship implications, although Oklahoma State seems to be OU's top competitor for the conference..."
John Shinn of the Norman Transcript: "Oklahoma turned to Texas late Saturday night. It didn't take very long to figure out after the 62-6 victory over Ball State at Owen Field. "I'm extremely excited," Sooner quarterback Landry Jones said. "This is one of the bigger games of the season. Obviously, it's a fun week for us..."
John Shinn of the Norman Transcript: "The Sooners are heavy favorites, but the Cardinals present offensive problems. They run the same up-tempo offense Missouri did. Ball State put up 48 points last week against Army. "We can't allow big plays," cornerback Demontre Hurst said. "Each time we've played had..."
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