Recapping Oklahoma’s Big 12 Media Day

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The Sooners kicked off Big 12 Media Days yesterday morning as Lincoln Riley took the stage for the first time as a head coach. Oklahoma pretty much had the first day to themselves and with that came a multitude of questions. I’ve tried to gather a majority of the tweets from media that were present at the event and put them all here.

So, starting off…

We requested some credentials but sadly were not granted any. However, it sounds like many of the credentials went unclaimed yesterday. Maybe next year consider your boys, Big 12.


I’m not sure Stoops’ retirement will really be felt until week one when the Sooners take the field against UTEP and he’s not on the sideline. This comment in particular is pretty interesting as it shows just how much Stoops meant to the conference as a whole.


Not really Sooners related, but the Big 12 did pretty good financially. That said, when the Big 10’s new media rights agreement kicks in, this number will not look as impressive.


The Big 12 championship will officially be held in AT&T Stadium. I think this is the absolute best location for the game, especially for the Sooners who recruit the state of Texas heavily.


This goes along with what we’ve been hearing and really shouldn’t be all that surprising. Barnes comes in as one of the highest ranked safeties in recent history and Will Johnson has the most experience in the secondary. Other names in contention at free safety: Jr., Kahlil Haughton, So., Chanse Sylvie and Fr., Ryan Jones.


In other news, Orlando Brown continues to be one of the biggest humans alive while still cutting upwards of 15-pounds over the offseason. It sounds like he’s looking at dropping 5 to 10 more pounds before the season begins.

To me this says a couple things. First: the redshirt junior has taken the offseason seriously which is what you want from your team leaders. Second: he’s getting NFL ready.


Looks like Sunderland will not be returning to the program. He was removed from roster last week.


This comes as no surprise, but for Sooners fans, this is something you wanted to hear regardless. At a meeting I attended a few months ago, Riley had some very high praise for Anderson. He went as far as saying he was physically the most impressive athlete on the team and has one of the best work ethics in the weight room.

If Oklahoma is going to be successful on offense, they need a ground game. This was evident last years in Oklahoma’s two losses where they either shied away from it or just couldn’t get it established. Either way, the Sooners need Rodney Anderson healthy.


Anderson is going to likely be the “starter” but how much time does he share with backs like Abdul Adams, Marcelias Sutton, and Trey Sermon? Sutton had a pretty good outing at Oklahoma’s Spring Game and Adams (hampered by a hamstring last season) has really been coming on as of late. Expect this to be more of an running-back-by-committee, especially between Sutton, Adams, and Sermon.


This can feel like a bit of coach-talk as Riley wouldn’t go on stage and say he’s worried about the wide receiver position, but I think he’s right. Now, if you listen to the podcasts or follow me on twitter, a few months ago I did say the wide receiver position is a big question mark for Oklahoma in 2017. However, with some of the chatter I’ve heard lately, there is a lot of confidence in this group.

Mark Andrews is poised for a big year if he can stay healthy. The additions of Jeff Badet and Marquise Brown should help replace the production left behind by Dede Westbrook. They’ve got some experienced pieces in Jeffery Mead and Nick Basquine.

The most intriguing part are the freshman. CeeDee Lamb is going to go into the fall with a lot of hype surrounding him and I’ve heard from some sources he could push to be a starter by week one. That may be a bit of stretch as no one has seen what he can do in pads yet, but so far he looks the part. Charleston Rambo has been looking good in the 7-on-7’s, expect him to see the field early. Lastly, not sure how Grant Calcaterra doesn’t find his way into the rotation with that he brings over the middle.


More good news for the Sooners. If you’ll remember, Robison was charged with a PI earlier this year. This little break was taken to address some maturity issues with the freshman QB. Based on Riley’s response, it appears what need to be resolved has been and things are ready to move forward.


Didn’t think this was even possible. Think we finally see Mayfield start the season out on fire (late-season form).


Nothing big here, but it looks like Lincoln Riley’s first hire is fitting in well with the staff. This also dispels the rumors that Mike Stoops was unhappy with the hiring of Ruffin McNeill.


Not necessarily Big 12 Media Day related, but wanted to throw this in here anyways. Sooner Tracker pointed out that the Sooners will be wearing new jerseys this year (same design, as always). They’re moving from the Nike Mach Speed to the Nike Vapor Untouchable. Personally I believe this is a nice, subtle move by Nike as Oklahoma is one of several that sport a classic look, as such the Mach Speed detracts from it. It has a number of panels and seams that are suited for more intricate designs rather than a flat, clean look. The Vapor Untouchable is a more streamline design that removes a majority of the panels and seems, thus giving it a very clean look. Again, small detail but something worth noting.

Finally, if you want to watch Lincoln Riley’s entire press conference, you can watch it here.

What did you think of Oklahoma’s media day? Anything I missed that you found interesting? Let me know in the comments or on twitter @OUupdatedSB.

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