Oklahoma Sooners: Big 12

Mountaineer interviews CB Aaron Colvin

July, 23, 2013
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The West Virginia Mountaineer interviews OU CB Aaron Colvin from Big 12 media days in Dallas.

Video: Big 12 media day wrap

July, 23, 2013
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- ESPN 150 safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) announced on Friday he has moved his college decision to Nov. 29. The announcement will be on ESPNU's "Recruiting Nation," which airs at 5 p.m. ET.

The four-star athlete will chose between Florida, Florida State, Texas and Oklahoma. Harris said he wanted to wait until after Thanksgiving to make his decision.

Marcell Harris
Derek Tyson/ESPN.comMarcell Harris is rated the No. 7 safety in the nation and the No. 68 overall player in the ESPN 150.
“That’s why I was waiting until after Thanksgiving," Harris said. "So I could sit down, enjoy Thanksgiving and talk about some other things with my coaches, because I didn’t get to talk to my coaches before all of this and everything else. So it will be a great time to sit down with everybody.”

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ESPN 150 safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) has finalized his plans to make a college decision. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound four-star prospect will make his verbal commitment on ESPNU's "Recruiting Nation" on Nov. 29 between 5-6 p.m. ET.

Harris, the No. 7-ranked safety in the country, will choose between Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas. The Under Armour All-American has officially visited all four of his finalists.

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Marcell Harris sets decision date 

October, 31, 2012
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- ESPN 150 safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) has set his college decision date for Nov. 16.

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound safety will chose between Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas. Harris hyperexented his knee in Dr. Phillips game last Thursday. The injury isn't severe and will only keep him out a few weeks, but Harris said it was enough for him to rethink his recruiting strategy.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comMarcell Harris is ranked the No. 66 overall prospect in the ESPN 150.
"I took four official visits to Texas, Oklahoma, Florida State and Florida," Harris said. "I don't think there will be a fifth one with everything that's going on. My recruiting has been going pretty good. I've been talking with my coaches almost everyday. I think I'll have my decision by Nov. 16."

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Apparently the boat is not sinking.

Oklahoma righted the ship on Saturday with a 41-20 win over Texas Tech at Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Coming off one of the worst games of his career, quarterback Landry Jones played a superb game as he managed the Sooners offense and took care of the football. Defensively, the Sooners got three interceptions and held TTU scoreless in the second half until a garbage time touchdown from SaDale Foster with 56 seconds left in the game.

Here are five key plays in the Sooners' third win of the season:

13-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Justin Brown on OU’s first drive

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Michael C. Johnson/US PRESSWIRE A week after turning the ball over twice, Oklahoma's Landry Jones had no turnovers and two touchdown passes vs. Texas Tech.
Facing a third-and-10, OU was in four-wide formation with Brown and Kenny Stills to the right, Trey Metoyer and Sterling Shepard to the left. The key to the play was Jones holding the safety in the middle with his eyes after the snap. Brown was less than five yards off the line of scrimmage when Jones threw the ball, meaning Jones recognized the mismatch of the 6-foot-3 Brown against 5-9 Cornelius Douglas before the snap and trusted Brown to make a play even though the senior didn’t get a great release off the line.

Another key was the placement of Jones’ throw, right over the top of the defenders head. It was terrific field awareness by Brown who was against the sideline but didn’t allow Douglas to force him out of bounds and gave himself enough room to get two feet inbounds for the touchdown.

It was a early sign that Landry Jones was poised to play a solid game.

13-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Stills

This play is key because the Sooners scored their second touchdown on third down, while Texas Tech had settled for two field goals resulting in a 21-13 lead for OU.

On third-and-six, OU had trips left with Stills in the slot closest to the ball. TTU blitzed two defenders and the Sooners kept Brennan Clay and Brannon Green in to block. Each OU offensive lineman won his one-on-one battle while Clay and Green combined to pick up the other Red Raider. The best thing about OU’s pass protection on the play was zero missed assignments, each player understood his assignment and won his individual battle.

Meanwhile on the outside, TTU defensive back Jarvis Phillips had no hope against Stills who ran a corner route and caught the perfectly thrown pass from Jones. Once OU won the battle up front, it was no contest.

Aaron Colvin’s interception

It was a one-play glimpse at why the junior cornerback is special. He showed football IQ, awareness, terrific instincts and elite athleticism all on one play. With the Red Raiders looking to drive late in the second quarter, Colvin came on a cornerback blitz and snatched Seth Doege’s pass out of the air for his first interception of the season.

After lining up on Red Raiders receiver Eric Ward, Colvin slid inside just before the ball was snapped then blitzed. Doege and Ward recognized the cornerback blitz, so Ward simply stopped and waited for the throw. Halfway to the quarterback, Colvin realized what was happening and simply jumped up to intercept the ball.

NFL-level play. Mentally and physically. If Colvin continues to make plays like that, he'll open up all kinds of options for Mike Stoops as he devises schemes to stop the explosive offenses in the Big 12.

Frank Shannon’s fourth-down sack on TTU’s first possession of the second half


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It's a light mailbag this week as Oklahoma experiences its first bye week of the 2012 season. One of the biggest games of the season looms next week as Kansas State visits Norman on Sept. 22. Today's mailbag addresses some of the questions that could arise when OU hosts K-State. If you have any questions email Brandon Chatmon at bchatmonespn@gmail.com. So without further ado...

Chris Wilkerson from Tahlequah, Okla., asks: Do you have any thoughts on all the suspended players and players that have quit. To me, we have lost a lot of players. Realistically it seems like were in the same boat as other teams who have scholarship losses due to sanctions. I don't mind the discipline but to have as many as we have it's hurting the overall team. Are we recruiting players with character issues?


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Oklahoma Awards Tracker: Week 2

September, 11, 2012
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Each week, SoonerNation will update how Oklahoma players mentioned on preseason award watch lists fared in their most recent game. Here is what transpired in the game against Florida A&M:

QB Landry Jones, Sr: Walter Camp, Manning, Maxwell
Jones found a good rhythm against Florida A&M, passing for 252 yards and two touchdowns but had one bad interception when he tried to force the ball.

RB Dominique Whaley, Sr: Maxwell
Whaley hasn’t looked like his old self with fumbles in back-to-back weeks as he looks to return to form following his season-ending injury in 2011. Fellow running back Damien Williams has stole the show with 259 rushing yards and five touchdowns in two games.

WR Kenny Stills, Jr: Walter Camp, Maxwell
Stills continues to take his game to another level as a junior. He had 10 receptions for 120 yards and one touchdown against FAMU and showed improved physicality and competitiveness.

LB Tom Wort, Jr: Butkus, Nagurski
Wort was solid for the second straight week with five tackles, including one tackle for loss, against FAMU. His 12 tackles are tied for the team lead with safety Javon Harris.

LB Corey Nelson, Jr: Lombardi
Nelson was solid against FAMU, finishing with three tackles in limited action.

C Gabe Ikard, Jr: Lombardi, Outland
Ikard continues to be the foundation of an offensive line that paved the way for 349 yards and eight rushing touchdowns against FAMU. OU averaged 8.5 yards per carry against the Rattlers.

S Tony Jefferson, Jr: Walter Camp, Nagurski, Bednarik, Thorpe
Jefferson left the game early with an ankle injury but recorded one tackle before leaving the game.

CB Demontre Hurst, Sr: Nagurski, Bednarik
Hurst gave up a long touchdown but was solid outside of that play. He was one of the key reasons the Rattlers had just 174 passing yards.

PK Michael Hunnicutt, So: Groza
Hunnicutt was 9 of 10 on extra points, missing one PAT against FAMU.

Jason King's Big 12 primer 

January, 2, 2012
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Big 12 hoops season starts this week and ESPN.com's Jason King takes a look at the conference favorites as well as which players will take home the postseason awards.

Here's a look at Jason's predicted finish:

1. Kansas: Never sell Bill Self short.

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