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Oklahoma Football: Lee Morris up for Burlsworth Trophy, Cody Ford works to control emotions

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It’s no secret that Oklahoma is one of if not the best running back factory in college football. Trey Sermon, who ranks third among running backs in the Big 12 with 722 rushing yards and second with 6.3 yards per carry, is just the latest Sooner back who will likely eclipse 1,000 yards on the season before the 2018 campaign reaches its end.

What’s been different about Sermon this season versus his true freshman year in 2017 is his increased agility. The Oklahoma Sooners’ workhorse has been known as the most physical runner of any back in Norman since he arrived on campus. This year he’s changed his body, and is running with all the same physicality while being even more agile. His combination of power and quickness make him one of the best offensive threats OU has.

After setting a career high in yards and touchdowns last Saturday, Sermon will look to carry that momentum into Bedlam. As the Sooners’ backup rusher last season, he recorded 81 yards and a score in Stillwater. With his increased role as a starter, plus his more refined skills as a runner, I suspect he’ll have an even bigger impact both on the field and in the box score this time around.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! Cody Ford is focused on reigning in his emotions on the field, Orlando Brown is becoming a mainstay on the Ravens’ O-line, Mike Gundy is considering benching players and more!

  • Congratulations to receiver Lee Morris for being named a 2018 Burlsworth Trophy semi-finalist. The Burlsworth is awarded to the nation’s best player who began his career as a walk-on. Baker Mayfield won the trophy in 2015 and 2016.
  • As the college football regular season draws closer towards the end, the stakes increase and the pressure intensifies. The Sooners have to do a better job of handling the tough moments and channel that energy in a more productive manner going forward.
  • The Oklahoma women’s basketball team cruised to a dominant 119-45 victory over Northeastern State in an exhibition match on Monday night. The regular season opener is this Friday, November 9th, at 7 p.m. against Western Kentucky.

  • Speaking of Westbrook, he rolled his left ankle against the Pelicans on Monday night, and was unable to return to the game because of it. It’s unclear how much time he could miss, if any at all, but luckily it’s not anything too serious.
  • Terrell Owens did it back in the day, so why not Titans safety Kevin Byard? Dancing on the Dallas Star is about as disrespectful as it gets in the NFL, apparently, but if you don’t like it, do something about it.
  • This just in: I’m throwing hands if I ever see a spider jump anywhere near my direction. Why do I have to exist in the same dimension as eight-legged creatures who can jump on command? Just watching this video gave me a chill down my spine. The stuff of nightmares, I tell you.

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