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Oklahoma Football: Kyler Murray an O’Brien semifinalist, Jonathan Alvarez retires from football

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Kyler Murray has been the talk of the town virtually all season, and rightfully so. Some of the numbers he’s putting up have never been seen in football before, and football might not even be his best sport. It’s no surprise to know he was recently named a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award.

Many eventual Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks have also claimed the O’Brien Award in the same season, including Baker Mayfield, Sam Bradford and Jason White for the Oklahoma Sooners. There’s almost no way Murray won’t be named at least a finalist by season’s end with the pace he’s on.

I probably don’t have to remind Sooner fans of this, but for college football fans in general, we all ought to make sure we appreciate what Murray is doing in 2018. He’s not going to play organized football ever again after this season, and there almost certainly won’t be another quarterback who has all the same skills and ability he does every time he takes the field. Realistically, there are 4-6 games left of Oklahoma’s season. That’s only 4-6 more chances to watch K1 ball on the gridiron.

Now for some Hot Links! Bill Bedenbaugh is a semifinalist for the Broyles, Jonathan Alvarez retires from football, Notre Dame’s Book is out and more!

  • From how he carries himself on the sidelines to how he plays on the field, it’s glaringly obvious to anybody who has watched Kyler Murray operate how different he is than Baker Mayfield. While that’s not up for debate, ESPN’s Ryan McGee explores a question that could be: Is Murray actually better than Mayfield?
  • Bill Bedenbaugh continues to be recognized for the incredible job he’s done since he arrived in Norman. Not only does he recruit top-flight offensive linemen, he’s been able to develop them into All-Conference and All-American type players. Congratulations on being named a Broyles Award semifinalist for the second year in a row, Coach Bedenbaugh!
  • Speaking of Bedenbaugh, as co-offensive coordinator, he’s a major part of why Oklahoma has the best offense in the Big 12. In fact, according to these metrics, second place isn’t even close.
  • Lincoln Riley announced on Wednesday that reserve offensive lineman Jonathan Alvarez has officially retired from the sport of football, citing injuries. It’s unfortunate for Alvarez, who has been one of the team leaders behind the scenes. Losing him is also a bit of a blow to Oklahoma’s O-line depth.
  • For Sooner fans, this looks cool. For opposing teams and fan bases, this must be what the gates of Hades looks like. It’s a pretty good way to promote the red-out (or crimson-out) for Bedlam. If you’re going to the game, make sure to wear your finest crimson!
  • Notre Dame starting quarterback Ian Book is reportedly out for this weekend’s game against Florida State after taking a shot to the midsection against Northwestern last Saturday. His absence could potentially derail the Fighting Irish’s playoff hopes if they are unable to successfully get past the struggling Seminoles. Having said that, the struggle has been very real for said struggling Seminoles.
  • There are always a handful of teams every year in college football that nobody wants to play late in the season. Check out these six teams that fit that bill, for various reasons.
  • It’s official: Dez Bryant signed with the New Orleans Saints. If he resembles anything of his former self during his prime years, this could very well be a major signing with massive playoff implications. Even if he isn’t, it’s still a nice addition as long as he doesn’t create friction.
  • Now that veteran Tyson Chandler is in L.A. with LeBron James, both parties are having a much easier time doing what they do best on the court.
  • The Indiana Pacers fell short to the visiting Philadelphia 76ers in the end on Wednesday night, but Domantas Sabonis still posterized Joel Embiid in glorious fashion.
  • If you’re planning on taking a trip to Disney World soon, you should try this Chocolate Mickey Piñata. It’s great for the entire family, because who doesn’t love smashing things with a mallet before devouring chocolate delights?

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