Monthly Archives: February 2012
As spring practices commence around the nation, I’ll be looking at each of Notre Dame’s 12 opponents in the 2012 season and address some key questions and potential breakout players.
In this edition, we’ll look at Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners, who return to the Irish’s regular-season schedule for the first time in 13 years. They take the field for the first time on March 5th, with their spring game coming on April 14th.
With spring sports now well under way, several OU athletic teams currently are ranked very high.
The men’s gymnastics team held onto its No. 1 national ranking for the fourth straight week, while the women’s gymnastics team is right on their heels.
The OU men’s gymnastics team posted a season-high score of 356.250 in its first home meet of the season Saturday night when it hosted Iowa at McCasland Field House.
The win over the Hawkeyes was simply the latest in a string of impressive victories for the Sooners. What distinguishes the team’s most recent W, though, is the fact that it came in a meet the Sooners did not expect to be very competitive.
Austin Box is far from forgotten in his family’s home, as well as in his hometown of Enid.
The former Oklahoma linebacker died in May after ingesting a lethal amount of prescription drugs. Box’s death has no doubt received a great deal of attention; his family would like to see that his life does, as well.
Our countdown of the Big 12’s top 25 players continues. The official list is locked away in a vault in an undisclosed location, but we’re revealing a new member of the list every day.
Here’s a quick rundown on my criteria for this list.No. 13: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
With all the spread offenses in high school and college football, it probably should come as no surprise that there seems to be a great shortage of quality tight ends at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.
No one made more money on Saturday than this Flower Mound High School product. While most expected Hanna to run in the 4.8 range in the 40, he posted a scorching 4.49, the 4th fastest time by a TE prospect at the combine since 2000.
CAMPUS CORNER — Three Sooners were scheduled to be in action today at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis: linebackers Ronnell Lewis and Travis Lewis, as well as defensive end Frank Alexander.
Let’s start with Alexander. The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year curiously tweeted this last night: “Minor setback for a major comeback! Gotta keep my head high and keep on pressing #Godisgood.” He told someone shortly thereafter that he would not be able to participate today.
Alexander played the second half of the 2011 season with a bad shoulder – I believe he said it was a stinger – and it flared toward the end of the season. That could be a culprit, with Alexander and his representation choosing to save any workouts for OU’s March 14 Pro Day. In any case, no Big Frank in Indy.
After a topsy-turvy 2011 season that included fantastic highs (Florida State! Texas!), demoralizing lows (Texas Tech? Baylor?) and pure embarrassment (you know) the 2012 Sooners will be looking for a fresh start this offseason.
So far, only offensive tackle Donald Stephenson and tight end James Hanna have gone through all the drills at the combine. Linebackers Travis Lewis and Ronnell Lewis, along with wide receiver Ryan Broyles all participated in the bench press, but none of the running drills.
Catcher Hunter Lockwood’s fourth homer of the series couldn’t have come at a better time.
With OU trailing 3-1 and hitless going into the sixth inning, Lockwood stepped to the plate and smashed a big fly—his fourth of the series—over the center field wall.
“Coach kinda got onto us a little bit about not stringing together hits, chasing fastballs and doing all that, so my approach when I went up to the plate was just look fastball, try and get something to hit,” Lockwood said. “He gave me something and I had to jump on it and it was a nice spark for the team. But that’s kinda what we needed to do there. It was a big part of the game.”