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Oklahoma is ready for Big 12 play; Quick hits from Lincoln Riley’s Baylor Press Conference

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley smiles as he answers a question during an NCAA college football media day in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. This is Riley's first season as head coach. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma is ready for Big 12 play; Quick hits from Lincoln Riley’s Baylor Press Conference

Lincoln Riley met with the media for his regular game week press conference prior to going to Baylor on Saturday:

  • Injury updates:
    • No update on the injuries of Will Johnson, Cody Ford, and Robert Barnes. Will be evaluated throughout the week. Status is questionable.
    • Mark Andrews says he “feels good” heading into Big 12 play. He confirmed that he suffered some quad bruise against Ohio State. Andrews also came out of the game against Tulane at one point and then returned.
    • A.D. Miller has had a nagging injury dating back to Fall Camp. Riley says he is close to being able to go.
    • No new injuries from the Tulane game.
  • Main focus at the beginning of the press conference was on CeeDee Lamb’s targeting call. Riley says that he has talked to Walt Anderson, head of the Big 12 officials, about it and that the Big 12 agrees with the call. Riley states that, with the extent of the penalty (ejection), that there needs to be “100% clear” that targeting has taken place. With Anderson refereeing the Falcons-Packers game last night, Riley plans to get more clarification on it today.
  • Riley announced that Du’Vonta Lampkin sat out Saturday due to an “academic situation” stemming from the Spring semester. Lampkin sat against UTEP, played against Ohio State, and then sat against Tulane. He will be available from here on out.
  • The current running back situation is “fine” with Riley. As long as they are “getting production”, they do not need a featured running back. Through three games, a different running back has lead the team in carries each game.
  • Oklahoma will be able to start using their new practice fields starting next week. Have been using the rugby fields that they use for Fall Camp thus far.
  • It is clear that despite the 0-3 start for Baylor, Riley thinks they are heading in the right direction. He spoke highly of head coach Matt Rhule and the job he did at Temple when they were both on the east coast. Riley also added, “They’re going to do a really good job at Baylor.”
  • One of the highlights of the luncheon was Baker Mayfield jokingly (I think) blaming the 2014 season on Katy Perry. If you remember, she told Trevor Knight to call her on College Gameday. The Sooners went 4-5 after that went down, including a loss that day to TCU. Well, friend of the Franchise, Eddie Radosevich, asked the tough question to Mayfield: Katy Perry or Taylor Swift

 

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