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TYLER, Texas — Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray added another trophy to his collection when he was named the winner of the 2018 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award at a banquet Wednesday evening in the hometown of the trophy’s namesake.
Named after 1977 Heisman Trophy-winning running back Earl Campbell, the award recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically, tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. In addition, winners must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas high school and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year college.
Other finalists for this year's Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award were Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin, Houston quarterback D’Eriq King, Ole Miss offensive lineman Greg Little, Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace and Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams.
Murray is the second Sooner to win the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which was established in 2013. Former OU quarterback Baker Mayfield won the award last year.
From Allen, Texas, Murray led the Sooners to a 12-2 record in 2018, a fourth consecutive Big 12 championship, a second straight appearance in the College Football Playoff and a No. 4 final AP ranking.
Murray led the nation in total yards (school-record 5,362), points responsible for (324; tied), yards per pass attempt (FBS-record 11.6) and yards per completion (16.8). He also ranked second in passing efficiency rating (school-record 199.2) and passing touchdowns (42).
The redshirt junior completed 260 of 377 passes this year for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns to seven interceptions. He also rushed for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores, becoming just the second player in FBS history to throw for at least 4,000 yards and run for at least 1,000 in a season (Clemson's Deshaun Watson did it in 2015 with 4,109 passing and 1,105 rushing in 15 games).
Murray’s 54 total touchdowns in 2018 were the second-most in program history, his 42 passing TDs were third-most in a season at OU and his passing yardage total ranks fifth in school annals. He became the first OU player to ever pass for at least 300 yards and rush for at least 100 yards in a game, and he accomplished the feat three times this season.
Murray is the first FBS player to average at least 300.0 passing yards (311.5) and at least 60.0 rushing yards (71.5) per game for a season. His 5,362 yards of total offense were more than 77 of the country's other 129 teams, including five squads that are ranked in the final AP Top 25 Poll.
Murray threw at least two touchdown passes in 13 of 14 games this season, and threw at least three TD passes in 10 contests. He assembled a school- and Big 12-record streak of eight games with at least three TD passes, and tied a Big 12 record by earning five conference offensive player-of-the-week honors this season. Former Texas running back Ricky Williams also accomplished the feat in his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 1998.
Past winners of the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award are Baylor's Bryce Petty in 2013, TCU's Trevone Boykin in 2014, Houston's Greg Ward Jr. in 2015, Texas' D'Onta Foreman in 2016 and Mayfield in 2017.
On Dec. 8, Murray became Oklahoma’s seventh Heisman Trophy winner. He was also named AP Player of the Year, Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Year, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American by the AP and FWAA.
Mike Houck | Assistant AD/Strategic Communications - University of Oklahoma Athletics Department
The OK Freedom won the Greg Swaim Big Time Challenge in Ripley, OK (Stillwater area).
They went 3-0 beating the Lady Shock (Woodward), Eclipse 2025 (Tulsa), and OK Dream Elite 2026 (Okeene) in the championship game.
Members of the OK Freedom are:
Front L-R: Ryleigh Pierce, Brayli Beason, Sky Bluford, Alexis Smith; Back L-R: Gracie Jones, Ariana Loggins, Kara Albert, Brailey Francis and Abbi Covey.
NORMAN — Ben Powers earned his fourth first-team All-America honor and Marquise Brown, Kyler Murray and Dru Samia earned second-team honors as the American Football Coaches Association announced its All-America squads Wednesday.
This is Powers' fourth first-team All-America nod this year (also by the Walter Camp Foundation, Football Writers Association of America and Sporting News). Powers and Samia, both seniors, are part of an offensive line unit that is a finalist for the Joe Moore Award, given to the top O-line in the country, and paves the way for the Sooners to average 8.7 yards per snap this year (a would-be FBS record), lead the nation with 11.6 yards per pass attempt and rank second by averaging 6.7 yards per rush. Oklahoma is the only team in the country this season with at least 40 rushing touchdowns (40) and at least 40 passing TDs (41).
The seventh Heisman Trophy winner in program history, Murray was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press and FWAA, and a second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation and Sporting News. The redshirt junior quarterback, who also won the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, leads the nation in total yards (school-record 4,945), points responsible for (306), passing efficiency rating (205.7; FBS record is 198.9), yards per pass attempt (11.9; FBS record is 11.1) and yards per completion (16.8, tied). He also ranks second in completion percentage (.709; first among Power Five players).
Murray has completed 241 of 340 passes this year for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He has also rushed for 892 yards and another 11 scores. He needs 108 rushing yards to become just the second FBS player to account for at least 4,000 passing yards and at least 1,000 rushing yards in a season.
Brown, also an AP first-team All-American, has totaled 1,318 yards on 75 receptions and scored 10 touchdowns this season, while averaging 17.6 yards per catch and 101.4 yards per game. He ranks seventh nationally in receiving yards and ninth in yards per contest. The junior has registered six games this season with at least 100 receiving yards and has seven receptions of at least 50 yards. His 14 catches of at least 50 yards since the start of the 2017 season lead the country.
This is the second All-America honor for Samia, who was also a second-team selection by the Associated Press. He was a Tri-Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year and is one of five finalists for the Polynesian Player of the Year award.
No. 4 OU will make its 52nd bowl appearance when it takes on No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN.
Mike Houck, Assistant AD/Strategic Communications - University of Oklahoma Athletics Department
NEW YORK — Kyler Murray's first trip to New York City has produced the memory of a lifetime.
Murray made history for Oklahoma on Saturday when he was named the Sooners' seventh winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy during a ceremony at New York's PlayStation Theater that included fellow quarterback finalists Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama.
By winning the 2018 version of college football's most prestigious individual honor, Murray vaulted OU to a tie for the lead — with Notre Dame and Ohio State — for the most Heisman Trophies won. Murray garnered 517 first-place votes and 2,167 points, and was followed by Tagovailoa (1,871 points, 299 first-place votes) and Haskins (783 and 46).
With Baker Mayfield earning last year's trophy, OU also became the first school to produce back-to-back Heisman winners who were quarterbacks.
Oklahoma is just the fourth school with back-to-back Heisman winners. The others were Ohio State (Archie Griffin in 1974 and ’75), Army (Felix "Doc" Blanchard and Glenn Davis in 1945 and ’46) and Yale (Larry Kelley and Clinton Frank in 1936 and ’37). The Sooners have won four Heisman Trophies in the last 16 years. Including OU, only four schools have won more than three Heismans in the history of the award.
Murray, who played the 2015 season at Texas A&M before transferring to Oklahoma, is the fourth Sooners quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Jason White in 2003, Sam Bradford in 2008 and Mayfield. OU running backs who have claimed the award were Billy Vessels in 1952, Steve Owens in 1969 and Billy Sims in 1978. Sims was in attendance at Saturday's ceremony.
Named the AP Player of the Year and winning the Davey O'Brien Award (nation's top quarterback) on Thursday, Murray leads the nation in total yards (school-record 4,945), points responsible for (306), passing efficiency rating (205.7; FBS record is 198.9), yards per pass attempt (11.9; FBS record is 11.1) and yards per completion (16.8, tied). He also ranks second in completion percentage (.709; first among Power Five players).
The Allen, Texas, product has completed 241 of 340 passes this year for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns to seven interceptions. He has also rushed for 892 yards and another 11 scores. He needs 108 rushing yards to become just the second player in FBS history to throw for at least 4,000 and run for at least 1,000 in a season (Clemson's DeShaun Watson did it in 2015 with 4,109 passing and 1,105 rushing in 15 games).
Murray is the first FBS player to enter bowl season averaging at least 300.0 passing yards (311.8) and at least 60.0 rushing yards (68.6) per game. His 4,527 yards of total offense are more than 68 of the country's other 129 teams, including six squads that are ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll.
Murray has thrown at least two touchdown passes in 12 of 13 games this season, and has thrown at least three TD passes in 10 contests. He had his school- and Big 12-record streak of eight games with at least three TD passes snapped in a win against Oklahoma State on Nov. 10.
Murray, whose 96.1 Total QBR is the highest by a player entering bowl season since ESPN began tracking the metric in 2004, tied a Big 12 record by earning five conference offensive player-of-the-week honors this season. Former Texas running back Ricky Williams also accomplished the feat in his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 1998.
No. 4-ranked OU, which behind Murray leads the nation in points per game (49.5), yards per game (577.9) and yards per play (8.7; FBS record is 8.6), will make its 52nd bowl appearance when it takes on No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN.
Submitted by Mike Houck | Assistant AD/Strategic Communications University of Oklahoma Athletics Department
Local high school teams to compete in Bravado Wireless Invitational Tournament at Eastern Oklahoma State College Dec. 3-7Written by David Deaton
WILBURTON, OK – The Bravado Wireless High School Invitational Tournament at Eastern Oklahoma State College is set for Dec. 3-7 in the C.C. Dunlap Fieldhouse in Wilburton. A number of local high school basketball teams will compete in the annual tournament.
This year’s tournament will feature boys and girls teams from Battiest, Braggs, Haileyville, McCurtain, Wister and Wright City. Five players from each bracket will earn All-Tournament Honors.
Bravado Wireless is the lead sponsor of this year’s tournament. The regional cellular carrier and home internet company will livestream the final tournament games on Friday. Visit bravadoTV.com to livestream the games from your computer, phone or tablet. The games will also be streamed to Bravado Wireless’s official Facebook and YouTube pages.
The tournament begins on Monday at 4 p.m. with Braggs taking on Wister in the girls’ bracket. The championship games are set for Friday at 6:30 p.m. for the girls, followed by the boys at 8 p.m.
Visit eosc.edu/invitational for tournament brackets and a complete schedule of games.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week for third week of the basketball regular season. Ouachita’s Mahlon Martin and Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Kellen Manek shared the Men’s accolade while East Central’s Lakin Preisner and Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Hailey Tucker split the Women’s award.
GAC MEN’S BASKETBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Mahlon Martin, Ouachita, G, Sr., Little Rock, Arkansas
Martin led the Tigers to a perfect weekend at the UAFS Thanksgiving Classic. In a 77-72 victory against the hosting Lions, he led five Tigers in double figures with 15 points and he dished out six assists. Against Midwestern State, he scored 20 of his career-high 28 points in the second half of an 82-73 win. He hit 9-of-14 shots, including 4-of-6 from the 3-point arc.
GAC MEN’S BASKETBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kellen Manek, Southeastern Oklahoma State, F, So., Harrah, Oklahoma
Manek averaged 21.5 points per game in two wins at the River City Classic Tournament. In the opener against Texas A&M-International, he converted 4-of-7 shots in scoring 16 points. Against hosting St. Mary’s, he made four 3-pointers en route to netting 27 points. He has averaged 20.3 points and shot 55.9 percent from the floor through the season’s first three games.
GAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Lakin Preisner, East Central, G, Sr., Americus, Kansas
Preisner helped the Tigers pick up a pair of wins at the Emporia State Thanksgiving Classic. After she opened the tournament with 13 points and seven rebounds against Northern State, she scored 31 points against UAFS. She became the first Tiger with 30 points in a game since Dilan Webster scored 31 against SWOSU on January 12, 2013. She also grabbed 10 rebounds.
GAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Hailey Tucker, SWOSU, G, Sr., Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Tucker picked up her 10th GAC Player of the Week honor after she averaged 26.5 points in wins against Cameron and Oklahoma Christian. She tallied 28 points and 11 rebounds against the Aggies. She made five 3-pointers in the 98-79 win. She poured in 25 points and went 10-for-17 from the floor against the Eagles. She needs 60 points to set the GAC career record.
CJ Elkins, G, Southern Arkansas (Scored 31 points in wins against two GSC schools); Tre Evans, G, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Averaged 28.0 points and 7.5 assists); Joseph Moorer, G, Northwestern Oklahoma State (28 points in win vs Meto State-Denver); Noah Starkey, C, Southern Nazarene (Averaged 14.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in three wins); Camron Talley, G, East Central (Went 10-for-17, 6-for-12 on 3-pointers vs Pittsburg State); Darnell Wright, F, Arkansas-Monticello (23 points, 9-for-10 shooting against Centenary)
Autumn Avina, G, Oklahoma Baptist (Averaged 25.5 points and 9.0 assists); Bailey Brown, F, Northwestern Oklahoma State (16.0 PPG, 8.7 RPG in three games); Mackenzie Johnson, G, Arkansas-Monticello (Went 10-for-14, scored 25 points vs Mississippi College); Kellie Lampo, F, Harding (29 points, 11 rebounds, 11-for-16 at Cameron) Katie Webb, F, Southeastern Oklahoma State (25 points, 10 rebounds vs Texas A&M-Commerce)
NORMAN — After leading Oklahoma to a win at No. 12 West Virginia on Friday to clinch a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game, quarterback Kyler Murray was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, running back Kennedy Brooks was named Newcomer of the Week and kicker Austin Seibert was named Special Teams Player of the Week, in a vote by media who cover the league.
Murray earned the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award for the fifth time this season, tying the single-season conference record set by Texas running back Ricky Williams in his Heisman Trophy-winning year of 1998. The redshirt junior threw for 364 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 114 yards and a score to propel the Sooners to the 59-56 road victory. Murray was 20 for 27 through the air and averaged 13.5 yards per attempt and 18.2 yards per completion, and averaged 12.7 yards per rush thanks in part to a 55-yard TD run on OU's first possession. He also completed a critical first-down pass on 4th and 5 with just over two minutes remaining that allowed the Sooners to run out the clock.
This was the second time this season the Allen, Texas, product passed for 300 yards and ran for 100 yards in a game, and he is the first Sooner to ever do so once. Murray is the only player to ever average at least 300 passing yards and at least 60 rushing yards through college football's regular season.
Murray has registered six games this year of at least 300 passing yards and at least 65 rushing yards, the highest FBS single-season total since at least 1996.
Brooks, from Mansfield, Texas, was named the league's Newcomer of the Week for the third time this season after rushing for a career-high 182 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries (8.7 average) Friday. The redshirt freshman broke away for a 68-yard TD run that gave OU a 28-21 lead with 3:30 left in the second quarter. The contest marked his third straight with at least 165 rushing yards, and fifth this season to break the century mark. Brooks now leads the nation with his 9.6 yards per rush.
Seibert, from Belleville, Ill., earned the Special Teams Player of the Week honor for the second time this season and sixth time in his career. The senior scored 11 points on Friday, making all eight of his extra-point tries and his only field goal attempt (a 37-yarder). Eight of his 10 kickoffs went for touchbacks and he punted one time for 45 yards. The OU and Big 12 career scoring leader also moved into third place on the NCAA's all-time kick scoring list (now has 476 career points).
The Sooners have claimed a league-high 12 Big 12 weekly honors this season.
No. 5/5 Oklahoma (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) faces No. 9/9 Texas (9-3, 7-2 Big 12) in the Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will start at 11 a.m. CT and be televised by ABC.
NORMAN – Oklahoma wrestling head coach Lou Rosselli announced Wednesday the signing of four wrestlers to National Letters of Intent. Josh Heindselman, Sam Dover, Darrien Roberts and Talon Borror will join the Sooners for the 2019-20 season.
“The four guys that we’ve signed this year are all very similar in that we went after a certain prototype and they all kind of fit that,” said head coach Lou Rosselli.
“I think that if they embrace the program and what we do. All these guys aspire to wrestle at the next level, next level being that at the Olympic level, so you know they fit our prototype. We’re excited to have them all.”
Piedmont, Okla. | Piedmont High School
• 24-5 career record with 8 pins and 5 tech falls
• No. 14 at 220 pounds in InterMat’s high school rankings
• 2018 Oklahoma state champion, 2017 state runner-up
• Two-time champion at the OSSAA 5A West Regional
Coach Rosselli on Heindselman: “Josh Heindselman, is from Piedmont, Oklahoma and will be a heavyweight for us. Josh a hard worker and a good student. I feel strongly that if he comes in and does what we think he can do, he has a really big upside to his wrestling.”
Westlake, Ohio | St. Edward High School
• No. 9 at 152 pounds in InterMat’s high school rankings
• Three-time state placer, including third in 2017
Coach Rosselli on Sam Dover: “Sam Dover is from St. Edward, a powerhouse in Ohio. Sam is a good student, hard worker. He’s nationally ranked and wrestles all over the country. Being from the powerhouse St. Edward’s, you know he’s someone that expects winning. I think when he gets here, he’s going to love the coaching, the workload that we put on people, and I think he’ll flourish.”
Kingston, Pa. | Wyoming Seminary
• No. 10 at 182 pounds in InterMat’s high school rankings
• 35-6 career record with 15 pins
• 2018 Pennsylvania Independent Schools Wrestling Tournament Champion
Coach Rosselli on Roberts: “Darrien Roberts is from Pennsylvania. He’s from Wyoming Seminary and is going to wrestle 184 for us. He is someone that we’re looking to do big things. If he comes in and does all the work we require, he’ll flourish as well.”
Coweta, Okla. | Coweta High School
• No. 9 at 195 pounds in InterMat’s high school rankings
• 40-5 career record with 19 pins
• 2017 and 2018 Oklahoma State Champion
• 2018 OKUSA Greco State Champion
Coach Rosselli on Borror: “Talon is a 184 pounder from Coweta, Okla. Having another Oklahoma kid is really good for the program. We expect him to compete for a spot, and he’s a good student and a great worker.”
The Sooners return to the mat Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 for the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. OU’s home opener is set for Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
Season tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424.
Season ticket packages, which include tickets for each of the Sooners’ five home duals, cost $40 for adults and $32 for youth (ages 6-18) and senior citizens (55 and over). All season ticket holders will receive general admission tickets for each home match.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week for opening week of the basketball regular season. Southern Nazarene’s Jhonathan Dunn and Henderson State’s Pink Jones earned the honors after leading their respective teams to 2-0 weekends.
GAC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jhonathan Dunn, Southern Nazarene, G, Jr., San Antonio, Texas
Dunn led the Crimson Storm to a weekend sweep at the GAC/MIAA Central Region Challenge. Against Nebraska-Kearney, he went 8-for-14, grabbed 10 rebounds and made three 3-pointers. Against Washburn, a NCAA participant a season ago, he scored 15 points, 13 in the second half. For the event, he shot 56.5 percent from floor and 50.0 percent from the 3-point arc.
GAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Pink Jones, Henderson State, G, Jr., Fayetteville, Arkansas
Jones helped the Reddies pick up wins in Missouri against Southwest Baptist and Sioux Falls. In the season opener against Southwest Baptist, she went 8-for-15 with five rebounds, five assists and three steals. On Saturday, she totaled 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 96-83 win against Sioux Falls. She shot 58.6 percent from the field in the two wins.
Gabriel Divic, G, Harding (Led Harding in scoring in both games); CJ Elkins, G, Southern Arkansas (16.5 PPG, 3.0 APG); Rel Johnson, G, Henderson State (Went 11-for-15, including 6-for-6 from 3-point arc); Camron Talley, G, East Central (Recorded second-career 30-point game with 32 vs Southwest Baptist); Antonio Wade, G, Oklahoma Baptist (19.5 PPG, 60.0 FG Pct);
Darnell Wright, F, Arkansas-Monticello (16.0 PPG, 68.2 FG Pct at the GAC/NSIC Crossover)
Autumn Avina, G, Oklahoma Baptist (20.5 PPG, 8.0 APG, 14-for-20 FG); Ariana Guinn, G, Southern Arkansas (Averaged 9.0 points at the GAC/MIAA Crossover Challenge); Kellie Lampo, F, Harding (Made 16-of-25 shots and averaged 20.0 points in two games); Lakin Preisner, G, East Central (12.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG; double-double vs Central Oklahoma); Hayden Priddy, G, Southwestern Oklahoma State (16.0 PPG, 43.8 3-pt FG Pct)