Top Oklahoma recruit changes positions, ESPN still hyping Bedlam
Welcome to the Wednesday morning edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.
Top recruit changes positions
When he was recruited, Ricky DeBerry was the No. 87 player in the nation and No. 2 inside linebacker. Despite needing linebacker depth, the coaching staff realized he would be more useful somewhere else: running back.
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds, DeBerry is a massive, bruising running back. He also apparently boasts 4.6 40-yard dash speed. His athleticism will be put to the test against a star-studded running backfield.
Bedlam still important
Oklahoma State lost to TCU earlier this year, but ESPN is undeterred. ESPN’s Jake Trotter picked the Sooners game against the Cowboys as the most important game remaining on Oklahoma’s schedule.
Trotter believes Oklahoma needs to take care of business in this game on Nov. 4 to stay alive in the College Football Playoff race. Of course, the Sooners will get TCU at home one week later.
Other headlines from the program:
- Lincoln Riley is an offensive genius, but he doesn’t just come up with plays while sitting in his office. In fact, Riley said on his radio show that he often comes up with plays while in a group text.
- Over the bye week, Baker Mayfield visited Southern California with freshman tight end Grant Calcaterra, per The Oklahoman. Calcaterra played at Santa Margarita, where Carson Palmer and Klay Thompson attended school.
- Oklahoma painted its end zones red for the Big 12 opener on Saturday. The Sooners transition to red each season for conference play.
Women’s golfer earns conference honor
Oklahoma women’s golf star Julienne Soo earned Big 12 Women’s Golfer of the Month after a strong September. Soo averaged a minus-2 in her rounds this month, and earned top-10 finishes at both tournaments she participated in. Soo is ranked No. 31 in the Golfweek Individual rankings.
Volleyball snaps losing streak
Oklahoma volleyball snapped an eight-match losing streak in a 3-0 sweep over Texas Tech. Alyssa Enneking had a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs. Morgan Miller added 9 kills and 11 digs. The Sooners came out quick and didn’t make many mistakes. Oklahoma posted a .358 hitting percentage, while holding Texas Tech to just a .222 hitting percentage. It’s the Sooners’ first win since Sept. 9.
What they’re saying on Twitter
Quarterback Baker Mayfield
I lose on purpose so the other team defers and we get the ball first 😎
— Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield6) October 4, 2017
Linebacker Kenneth Murray
— Kenneth Murray (@Kmurrayy_9) October 4, 2017
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