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The Sports Xchange

September 12, 2018 at 9:19 am.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

–WR CeeDee Lamb, a sophomore, is coming off what he said was the best game of his career, with seven catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in the win over UCLA. But despite all of that production, the talk Monday continued to be on Lamb’s one-handed leaping catch along the sidelines that wound up being incomplete but showed off his freakish athletic ability.

–C Creed Humphrey had a rough beginning to his first career start, being called for a penalty on the game’s first play. But Monday, coach Lincoln Riley said Humphrey played better and better as the game went on. Humphrey came off the bench in the season opener after senior Jonathan Alvarez played the first two series before Humphrey replaced him and earned the start.

–LB Kenneth Murray was held without a tackle in the season opener but showed off his playmaking ability last week with nine tackles. Murray showing improvement figured to be big for Oklahoma’s defense, as he settles in as one of the leaders on what has shown so far to be an improved group.

“He’s so twitchy and fast and explosive, it’s almost like a quarterback with a big arm, he’s learning when to use it,” Riley said. “Then when to kind of be patient and let the plays develop, then trigger. He was really good with that the other day. … I think Saturday was glimpse of what we could have with him in the future.”

–CB Tre Brown has moved into the middle of a three-man rotation at cornerback after earning some playing time as a freshman a year ago. Brown had his first career sack last week and got a chance to show off his speed with an 86-yard kickoff return that set up a touchdown against UCLA. Brown figures to get plenty more chances to show off his return skills as the Sooners have placed a renewed emphasis on special teams.

SERIES HISTORY: Oklahoma leads 74-6-2, including a 36-2-1 edge in Ames. The Cyclones haven’t beaten the Sooners at home since 1960, though Iowa State won last year’s meeting 38-31 in Norman.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “In high school, it’s a little different. Guys are smaller. In college, you’ve got to protect yourself. I’m not the biggest guy. So it’s kind of a thing that’s necessary at times for sure. … I don’t think I’ve taken a lot of big hits in my career playing football — maybe less than five. I think I do a good job of being safe out there.” — QB Kyler Murray on his ability to slide and avoid big hits.

 

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