Ron Jenkins/Getty Images
Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown is one of five Sooners projected to be an All-Big 12 first-team pick.

Oklahoma football receives preseason distinctions; baseball stars earn All-Big 12

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.

All-Big 12

Athlon Sports is high on the Sooners heading into the 2018 season. The outlet projects 5 Sooners will be named to the All-Big 12 first team by season’s end. That list includes running back Rodney Anderson, wide receiver Marquise Brown, kicker Austin Seibert and offensive lineman Ben Powers and Bobby Evans.

It should come as no surprise that the Sooners are well-regarded, especially on offense. Additionally, 4 other Sooners are projected to the All-Big 12 second team. Six more are either third or fourth team.

Other headlines:                                                             

  • Coach Lincoln Riley was left off a list of the top 25 coaches in college football by The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel. In fact, Riley ranks behind Mike Gundy, Gary Patterson and Bill Snyder on the list.
  • Former linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo underwent foot surgery, according to the Orange County Register. Okoronkwo was a fifth-round pick by the Los Angeles Rams.

Baseball attention

Three Oklahoma baseball stars earned All-Big 12 first team from the league office Tuesday. Junior right-hander Austin Hansen, junior right-hander Jake Irvin and junior outfielder Steele Walker all earned first-team honors.

Three selections to the first team were the most at Oklahoma since 2013. Infielder Brylie Ware and starter Nathan Wiles earned second-team honors. Six others, including Kyler Murray, earned All-Big 12 honorable mention.

Other headlines:                                                             

  • Oklahoma will need to fight to keep one of its top execs around. Brett McMurphy reports associate athletic director Kenny Mossman is a candidate for the Kansas athletic director job.
  • Ferran Calvo and Alex Bakshi are set to compete in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Singles Championship, which starts Wednesday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Cleveland Cavaliers

Former linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

Former defensive back Tony Jefferson

Miss a recent edition of the morning roundup? Check out all of our previous editions here.