Oklahoma softball sets historic mark; Kyler Murray earning strong reviews
Welcome to the Monday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.
Oklahoma softball is putting together one of the best seasons in program history. Now, the Sooners have finished Big 12 conference play with a perfect 18-0 record for the first time in program history.
Only one other program previously went undefeated in Big 12 play: Nebraska in 1998. The Sooners have won back-to-back national championships. They are well on the way to earning another trip to the Women’s College World Series.
- CBS Sports’ Ben Kercheval categorized college football coaches into eight different tiers, and Lincoln Riley was rated in the category of “blue blood champions.”
- DieHards analyst John Shinn broke down the leadership void that now exists with Baker Mayfield in the NFL and how Oklahoma’s quarterbacks will have to respond.
Oklahoma football needs quarterback Kyler Murray to develop into a star next season. Luckily, at least one analyst believes Murray is well on the way. The Sporting News’ Bill Bender ranked Murray No. 18 among all quarterbacks entering the 2018 season.
Murray was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school but completed just 59.5 percent of his passes during an up-and-down debut season at Texas A&M. However, Murray has undoubtedly learned plenty from Heisman-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield. He’s poised to have a breakout season, if he outduels Austin Kendall for the starting job.
- Rivals analyst Corey Evans broke down the top winners of the college basketball transfer market, and named Oklahoma among them after the Sooners picked up two grad transfer guards for the 2018-19 season.
- Oklahoma baseball dominated Kansas State to the tune of a three-game sweep in Norman. The Sooners won 12-0, 2-0 and 4-3. Center fielder Kyler Murray went .455 over the weekend with 4 runs and 4 RBI.
What they’re saying on Twitter
Co-offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh:
— Bill Bedenbaugh (@OU_CoachB) May 5, 2018
Cornerback Bookie Radley-Hiles:
I came in this world by myself, going out the same way was the only option…
— B. Radley-Hiles (@Bookie_44) May 6, 2018
Former wide receiver Jeff Badet:
Rookie mini camp ✔️ #SKOL
— Jeff Badet (@JeffBadet__) May 6, 2018
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