Monthly Archives: April 2012
Sooner4OU Commentary: The Detroit Lions have made what I would consider a very smart move in the 2012 NFL Draft. Three of the eight draft choices were from the University of Oklahoma. Choosing players that have a winning attitude from a winning tradition is one effective way to change a losing team’s attitude quicky. These three players will have a positive impact in the locker room and help the Lions reach new eights. Well played Lions!
The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team shot a third-round 296 (+6) Sunday and claimed the Big 12 Championship at the par-70 Lawrence Golf Club in Lawrence Kansas. It was the second Big 12 title for the Sooners, who posted a three-round 904 (+64) amid rainy and windy conditions to beat second-place Texas by two shots.
Oklahoma captured the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship title, continuing its dominance in the conference this season, Sunday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The 11th-ranked Sooners defeated Baylor 4-3 to add a conference tournament trophy — their first since 1992 — to its regular-season championship.
It was the second Big 12 Championship for the University of Oklahoma in just a few hours, as its women’s golf team captured the conference title earlier in the afternoon.
Ronnell Lewis’ favorite player is Ray Lewis. For the bone-chilling hits. For the adrenaline-pumping pregame speeches. “His whole team rallies around him,” the Oklahoma outside linebacker said. “They feed off his energy. I want to hopefully be that guy for years to come down the road with his playmaking ability and big hits. I feel like that’s what I can do on the field.
All of those hours in the weight room, on the practice field and in the classroom are about to pay off for former Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles. The all-time FBS career receptions leader has overcome several obstacles, including a torn ACL in his left knee late in his senior season, and is now on the cusp of realizing his childhood dream of being drafted into the NFL.
We’ve talked a little in the last week about what the value of a college scholarship should be to a student-athlete.
For one Oklahoma football player, the value may measure in the millions.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones turned down possible selection in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft to return to Norman for his senior season.
The decision was met with sighs of relief from Sooner coaches and just plain sighs from some OU fans.
Two former Oklahoma Sooners have earned spots on the U.S. Olympic team that will compete later this year in London. Jared Frayer and Sam Hazewinkel each were named to the team after winning at the Olympic Trials during the weekend in Iowa City, Iowa.
Women’s basketball team chosen up a junior college All-American on Monday when Portia Durrett signed a National Letter of intention to play for the Sooners.
Durrett, a 6-foot-2 power forward, averaged 15.4 points and 7.8 rebounds last season for Walters State (Morristown, Tenn.) Community College.
Walters State goes 28-4 and is paid a top-10 national ranking in 2011-12, and Durrett was named the NJCAA district VII Player of the Year. “Portia is a brilliant athlete who can score within and out,” said OU coach Sherri Coale.
Sophomore Blake Bell outperformed junior Drew Allen in Oklahoma’s spring game a week ago, but offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said the decision on who will back up quarterback Landry Jones will be based on all 15 spring practices and fall sessions.
Bell has more experience running the Belldozer short-yardage package, but Allen has more experience running the offense as Jones’ backup the past two seasons.
Allen has been in the system a year longer and has appeared in 10 games the past two seasons, completing 18 of 30 passes for 160 yards.
A night after claiming the NCAA all-around crown, Jake Dalton won the NCAA title on parallel bars and became the first Sooner gymnast to be named an All-American in six events Saturday in the NCAA men’s gymnastics championships at Lloyd Noble Center.
He was among seven Sooners who competed for event championships and combined for 11 total All-American awards.