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Friday, June 15, 2012
Triple Option: Kickoff set for UTEP game

By Dane Beavers

Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. Oklahoma's season-opening game at UTEP on Sept. 1 has been set for a 9:30 p.m. CT kickoff. That's an awful start time for fans, but it does get the players out of the brutal El Paso daytime heat. The Sooners had several night games in 2011 and that trend seems to be continuing in 2012.

2. Four-star Jordan Mastrogiovanni is the Sooners' first linebacker commit of the class of 2013, but he certainly won't be the last. OU is thin across the board at linebacker and needs playmakers in this class. When the class of 2013 recruits are freshmen, starters Tom Wort and Corey Nelson will be seniors, so playing time will be wide open. Prediction: Mastrogiovanni starts for at least three years at OU.

3. Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables picked up the No. 1 recruit in the nation on Thursday as 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive end Robert Nkemdiche committed to Clemson. Nkemdiche is the Tigers' third commitment from a prospect in the ESPN 150. Bob Przybylo wrote here about Venables' recruiting prowess already making an impact at Clemson.

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