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12/09/18 - (QB) - Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195
QB Kyler Murray claimed the Heisman Trophy, college football's most coveted award, on Saturday night in New York City after passing for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns while accounting for nearly 5,000 total yards in leading the Sooners into the College Football Playoff this season. Murray received 2,167 total points and 517 first-place votes. Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa finished second with 1,871 points, the highest total for a runner-up, and 299 first-place votes. Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins was a distant third in the voting with 783 points. Murray follows Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield in taking home the award. Mayfield went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and is now the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns as a rookie. Not since Army's Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis in 1945-46 have two players from the same school officially won the prestigious honor in back-to-back years. USC won in 2004 and 2005 with Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, but Bush's trophy was vacated. Murray might have a chance to follow in Mayfield's footsteps, but he was selected in June as the ninth overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft by the Oakland Athletics and has said he plans to pursue a career in the sport next year. With one season of college football eligibility remaining, Murray could return to Oklahoma next season, but that appears to be a distant possibility. It's likely he'll either choose baseball or enter the NFL Draft.


12/04/18 - (QB) - Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195
QB Kyler Murray was named a finalist for the 84th Heisman Trophy. The award for the most outstanding college football player will be presented Saturday (8 p.m. ET) in New York. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins were the other finalists. Murray and Tagovailoa will meet again at the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 when the fourth-ranked Sooners and No. 1 Crimson Tide square off in a College Football Playoff semifinal contest.


12/01/18 - (WR) - Marquise Brown, Jr, 5-10, 168
WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma's leading receiver who has battled an ankle sprain for most of the season, left Saturday's 39-25 victory over Texas with an injury. Brown limped to the bench late in the third quarter after taking a bit hit following a reception. The junior returned to the bench on crutches and in street clothes during the fourth quarter. Sooners coach Lincoln Riley did not have any immediate details, calling it a "lower-body injury.''


11/24/18 - (QB) - Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195
No. 6 Oklahoma has been scoffed at for handing points and yards to opponents like presents, and it wasn't any different against No. 12 West Virginia. Yet a couple of defensive gems now have the Sooners playing for their fourth straight Big 12 championship. Oklahoma scored two defensive touchdowns to support another brilliant performance by Kyler Murray and the Sooners beat No. 12 West Virginia 59-56 Friday night to earn a spot in next week's title game. Oklahoma (11-1, 8-1, No. 6 CFP) survived a wild and mostly defenseless affair that featured 1,372 yards of offense to earn a rematch Dec. 1 in Arlington, Texas, against No. 11 Texas, which beat Kansas earlier Friday. "We'll certainly be excited to play those guys," Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. "But, more than anything, one huge goal we set out was we want to be the only team ever to win four of these in a row."

Oklahoma also kept its College Football Playoff chances alive. The Sooners remain the only Big 12 team that West Virginia (8-3, 6-3, No. 13 CFP) hasn't beaten since the Mountaineers joined the league in 2012. Oklahoma players sang West Virginia's anthem, John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" on the way to the locker room after the game. "It was fun," Murray said. "There's no other way to describe it." Murray finished 20 of 27 for 364 yards and three touchdown passes and converted a late fourth down to seal a matchup of Heisman Trophy hopefuls. West Virginia's Will Grier threw for four touchdowns and a career-high 539 yards on 32 of 49 passing. But Grier lost two fumbles, both of which were returned for touchdowns. - AP College Football

11/20/18 - (QB) - Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195
Three Big 12 football student-athletes have been named finalists for major national awards. Kyler Murray (Oklahoma), Tylan Wallace (Oklahoma State) and Will Grier (West Virginia) received recognition among college football's top performers. Wallace has been named one of three national finalists for the 2018 Biletnikoff Award. This prestigious award annually recognizes the most outstanding receiver in college football, regardless of position. Wallace leads the nation in 10-yard catches, yards per reception, 100-yard and 200-yard games.

Murray and Grier were named finalists for the 82nd Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year. Murray has completed 72 percent of his passes and rushed for 846 yards and 10 touchdowns while leading the Sooners to a 10-1 record and a No. 6 national ranking. Grier has passed for 3,325 yards and 33 touchdowns, leading the Mountaineers to a No. 12 national ranking. Murray is also in the running for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. The junior, who has amassed more than 4,000 total yards of offense, is OU's fourth straight Davey O'Brien finalist. The Biletnikoff, Maxwell and Davey O'Brien Awards will be announced live on the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 6, 2018. - Big 12 football

11/18/18 - (QB) - Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195
Kyler Murray lifted Oklahoma - and boosted his Heisman Trophy campaign - with a big finish. The sixth-ranked Sooners used every bit of offense from Murray to overshadow a huge game from Kansas freshman running back Pooka Williams Jr. in Oklahoma's 55-40 victory Saturday night Murray accounted for two of his five touchdowns in the fourth quarter. "He's a special player," Kansas coach David Beaty said. "That Heisman needs to go to him." Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1 Big 12, No. 6 CFP) moved closer to a spot in the conference championship game in Murray's likely final home game. The Sooners earn a trip to the Big 12 title game for the second straight year by beating West Virginia on the road on Black Friday or if Kansas beats Texas. That came just days after Oklahoma began a campaign for the baseball first-round draft pick centered around a classic image of Bo Jackson in shoulder pads while holding a baseball bat. "I don't know whose idea it was, but I felt good about it," Murray said. "It was fun. It was a once-in-a-lifetime deal." - AP College Football


11/12/18 - (RB) - Kennedy Brooks, rFr, 5-11, 205
NOV 12 BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Kennedy Brooks, RB, R-Fr., Oklahoma,...Brooks ran for 165 yards and a career-best three touchdowns on just 15 carries to help propel the Sooners to a 48-47 win over Oklahoma State. The freshman rushed 10 times for 152 yards over the final three quarters, including 74 yards on five carries in the fourth. - Big 12 football


11/11/18 - (QB) - Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195
Kyler Murray passed for 349 yards and ran for 66 and No. 6 Oklahoma survived a late two-point conversion attempt to beat Oklahoma State 48-47 on Saturday. Taylor Cornelius connected with Tylan Wallace on a 24-yard touchdown pass to cut Oklahoma's lead to one with 1:03 to play. Oklahoma State went for two, but Cornelius threw short and into coverage, and the pass fell incomplete. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was confident in his decision to go for two. "As the game was going back and forth, on the road, struggling stopping them - probably the best thing," he said. "Had a shot at it, just didn't make a good throw." Oklahoma recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock. Kennedy Brooks ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns, Trey Sermon ran for 124 yards and two scores and Marquise Brown caught eight passes for 142 yards and a score for the Sooners (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 6 CFP). - AP College Football


11/05/18 - (RB) - Marcelias Sutton, Sr, 5-08, 192
RB Marcelias Sutton broke his leg in practice the week before the win over Texas Tech and will miss the remainder of the season. With Sutton's absence, the Sooners have just three healthy scholarship running backs.


11/05/18 - (K) - Austin Seibert, Sr, 5-09, 214
K/P Austin Seibert set the NCAA record for both PATs made and attempted with his first extra point last week against Texas Tech. Seibert is four points away from tying Oklahoma's career scoring record set by Michael Hunnicutt. Seibert is currently No. 8 in NCAA career scoring among kickers.


11/05/18 - (CB) - Tre Brown, So, 5-10, 182
CB Tre Brown has been in the starting lineup ever since Ruffin McNeill took over as defensive coordinator three games ago and has solidified himself as the Sooners' top cornerback. Last week against Texas Tech, the Red Raiders rarely challenged Brown but when they did, the sophomore came up with a few critical plays.


11/05/18 - (RB) - Trey Sermon, So, 6-0, 224
RB Trey Sermon ran for a career-high 206 yards last week against Texas Tech, solidifying his place as the No. 1 running option on the team ahead of Kennedy Brooks. Seven of Sermon's carries in that game were for 10 or more yards. The Sooners are No. 1 in rushing offense in the Big 12 with 246.8 yards per game, well ahead of second-place Oklahoma State at 200.1.


11/04/18 - (QB) - Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195
Kyler Murray kept slinging it and running it after two quick interceptions put No. 7 Oklahoma in a two-touchdown hole. Texas Tech's Alan Bowman didn't get a chance to finish the duel in the second half because of a recurrence of the partially collapsed lung that sidelined the freshman quarterback five weeks ago. Murray recovered from those early picks by throwing for 360 yards and three touchdowns and running for 100 yards and another score to rally the Sooners to a 51-46 victory over the Red Raiders on Saturday night.

Trey Sermon set career highs with 206 yards rushing and three TDs, including a clinching 30-yarder , as the Sooners (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) stayed in the hunt for a return to the College Football Playoff with their 19th straight win in a true road game and 14th consecutive November victory. Oklahoma, which was seventh in the first playoff rankings released this past week, handed the Red Raiders (5-4, 3-3) their eighth straight loss against a Top 10 team going back to 2012. "Well, what was I thinking?" Murray said, repeating part of the question after going 20 of 35 passing without another turnover after the two quick ones. - AP College Football

11/02/18 - (RB) - Rodney Anderson, rJr, 6-1, 220
Injured Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Anderson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second game of this season against UCLA. He made the announcement that he would not return to the Sooners on Thursday on social media. "With my degree already in hand and after much discussion with my family, I have chosen to set my sights on the NFL and focus on preparing for the 2019 NFL Draft," he said in the statement. "This was not an easy decision, but I believe I am ready for this next step." Anderson's star rose quickly. He didn't start until the middle of last season, but he eventually ran for 1,161 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught five touchdown passes to help the Sooners reach the College Football Playoff.

He ran for 201 yards in the Rose Bowl against Georgia. In his best game last season, he had 290 yards and four touchdowns from scrimmage in a regular-season win over TCU. Starting with last year's Oct. 21 game at Kansas State, he led all Power Five players the rest of the season with 1,333 yards from scrimmage and 16 total touchdowns in eight games. Anderson opened this season with 100 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries against Florida Atlantic. He ran for 19 yards and a touchdown against UCLA before getting hurt on the last play of the first quarter. The knee injury was the third season-ending injury of his career. He suffered a broken leg in the second game of the 2015 season, and a neck injury before the 2016 season even started sidelined him for the year. - AP College Football

10/29/18 - (K) - Austin Seibert, Sr, 5-09, 214
K/P Austin Seibert tied the NCAA record for both PATs made and attempted with his final extra point last week against Kansas State. Seibert is 11 points away from tying Oklahoma's career scoring record set by Michael Hunnicutt. Seibert is currently No. 9 in NCAA career scoring among kickers.


10/29/18 - (QB) - Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195
QB Kyler Murray has thrown at least two touchdown passes in every game this season, and at least three in each of his last seven games. Murray has 17 touchdown passes over the last four games and leads the Big 12 in total offense per game by more than 90 yards over No. 2 Taylor Cornelius of Oklahoma State (392.0 to 301.2).


10/29/18 - (RB) - Kennedy Brooks, rFr, 5-11, 205
RB Kennedy Brooks, a redshirt freshman, has 454 yards on 38 carries this year to average 11.9 yards per carry. Oklahoma's single-season yards-per-carry record among players with at least 400 yards is 9.5 by Leon Heath in 1949.


10/23/18 - (QB) - Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195
When the AP midseason All-America team was released last week, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa was the first-team quarterback and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins was second team. Had there been a third team Murray would have been on that and there is still time for him to make up ground. Murray trails only Tagovailoa in passer efficiency rating (224.90) and yards per attempt (12.7). The junior has 25 touchdown passes and three interceptions, plus he's run for 428 yards and six more scores. Murray replaced a Heisman Trophy winner in Bake Mayfield and is now a Heisman Trophy contender. What they are saying: "Numbers at the end, that's all well and good. He's getting better, I thought he learned some things, just - I don't want to say emotionally - but I thought he handled the ups and downs of this game as good as he has in any of the games this year. I'm proud of him." - Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley after the Sooners beat TCU. - AP College Football


10/22/18 - (K) - Austin Seibert, Sr, 5-09, 214
K/P Austin Seibert has made 138 consecutive PATs, dating back to the 2016 season. Seibert broke the school record of 134 consecutive PAT conversions that was held by Uwe von Schamann (1976-78). Seibert is 15th in FBS history for scoring among kickers with 424 points. He needs nine points to move into the top 10.


10/22/18 - (WR) - Lee Morris, rJr, 6-1, 212
WR Lee Morris, Kyler Murray's high school teammate, has scored touchdowns on eight of his 12 career catches. The former walk-on had two more touchdown catches on Saturday vs. TCU. "He knows how to find the soft spot in the zone," Murray said. "And he's a playmaker. Just because he's a walk-on, people want to label him as probably not the best receiver out there. I think he's one of the best athletes on the team regardless of him being a walk-on. When he touches the ball, obviously, you all see what happens. He makes plays." Morris was a walk-on early this season before receiving a scholarship.


10/22/18 - (FB) - Carson Meier, rSr, 6-4, 254
FB/TE Carson Meier had his first multi-catch game last week against TCU and continues to become a bigger part of OU's offense. Lincoln Riley said Meier's development as a pass-catcher has let him grow into the role that Dimitri Flowers had before Flowers' graduation after last year. "He's always been a good blocker but he's really improved -- not just catching the ball, but understanding our route concepts, understanding where we need him to be versus different coverages," Riley said. "So that development has allowed us to use him more. He's a weapon there."


10/22/18 - (QB) - Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195
OCT 22 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kyler Murray, QB, R-Jr., Oklahoma,...Murray completed 19-of-24 through the air for 213 yards and four touchdowns, while running nine times for 51 yards in Oklahoma's 52-27 road victory at TCU. The honor is the fourth of the season for Murray. - Big 12 Football


10/22/18 - (RB) - Kennedy Brooks, rFr, 5-11, 205
OCT 22 BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Kennedy Brooks, RB, R-Fr., Oklahoma,...Brooks rushed 18 times for a career-best 168 yards and a touchdown in OU's road victory at TCU. The redshirt freshman averaged 9.3 yards per carry in the win for his first weekly recognition. - Big 12 Football


10/20/18 - (QB) - Kyler Murray, rJr, 5-10, 195
Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma offense piled up yards and scored points like they have been all season. Kenneth Murray and the Sooners defense did their part as well as ninth-ranked Oklahoma bounced back from its only loss, winning 52-27 at TCU on Saturday in the first game since defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was fired. "It's real important," said Murray, the linebacker who had a game-high 11 tackles. "It felt like we came out there, flew around, great effort."

While TCU was held to 275 total yards and got its only two offensive touchdowns in a three-minute span after a quarterback switch, Sooners dual-threat quarterback Murray completed 19 of 24 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns . Kennedy Brooks and Trey Sermon both had 100-yard rushing games with scores. The Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) won their 18th consecutive true road game, never trailing after touchdowns on each of their first four drives. They lost their previous game two weeks ago, 48-45 to Texas, despite scoring three consecutive touchdowns in a six-minute span for a tie before the Longhorns won on a last-second field goal. "It was just perfect how the game unfolded, we came out and played like we were capable of, carrying over some momentum we had," coach Lincoln Riley said. - AP College Football

10/16/18 - (OLB) - Caleb Kelly, Jr, 6-2, 231
LB Caleb Kelly, a junior who had been mentioned as a redshirt possibility after sitting out for wins over Iowa State and Army, has now played in four games and is unlikely to redshirt.


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