Stoops scoops up top shelf Texas talent


Bob is going going, back back to Texas Texas

(And might of found the next Adrian Peterson)


Bob Stoops has been the head coach of Oklahoma University for the last 17 years for one reason – he wins.  His teams have a long track record of success and the Sooners aren’t showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. 

NCAA Football: SEPT 9 Oklahoma v Washington

Big Game Bob’s Trophy Case

  • 1 National Championship (2000)
  • 9 Big 12 Championships (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015)
  • 2x Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2000, 2003)
  • Paul “Bear” Bryant Award (2000)
  • The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award(2000)
  • AP Coach of the Year (2000)
  • 5x Big 12 Coach of the Year (2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2015)
  • Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (2003)
  • Disney’s Wide World of Sports Spirit Award(2014)

Not to mention he’s also responsible for recruiting and coaching two Heisman Trophy winners, Jason White and Sam Bradford, as well as two runner ups – Adrian Peterson and Josh Heupel. 


Bob Stoops has proven to be one of the best recruiters in the country by assembling teams made up of the best players from across the nation, but what makes him uniquely impressive is his ability to take Texas’ top talent on a regular basis.  It happens every year like clock work. 

There is nothing The Longhorns hate more than when they lose to Oklahoma in The Red River Shootout, but what makes these losses even harder to swallow is noticing how many Texans are wearing Crimson. 

NCAA Football: SEPT 9 Oklahoma v Washington
In 2004 Rivals ranked Texas native, Adrian Peterson the #1 player in the country.

The Longhorns only lost one game in 2004 and it was the Red River Shootout – the final score was 12-0.  Oklahoma had shutout a #2 Texas team that had Vince Young and Cedric Benson in their backfield – it was the best team Mack Brown had ever put together and Stoops stole the show.

I can only imagine how frustrating it must have been to watch a Texas native, Adrian Peterson walk into the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and run for 225 yards.  A homegrown, Texas running back basically ruined The Longhorns’ chances of winning a Big 12 title as well as a chance at a national championship.

Mack Brown would have to wait another whole year before he could beat Oklahoma and secure his first and only National Championship as head coach of Texas.

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The Cotton Bowl played host to the Red River Shootout from 1900 – 2010.  The game is now held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX

That brings us to the topic at hand – #SoonerSquad17.  This group of recruits is the next wave of Texas talent that chose #BoomerSooner nation over their home state of Texas.

Two prime examples of are wide receiver Charleston Rambo and running back Kennedy Brooks.  I had a chance to briefly chat with both of them this week and here are a few highlights from those conversations.

Charleston Rambo

Height: 6’2′

Weight: 170

Position: WR

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Rambo is considered to be one of the best wide receivers in Texas

Rambo’s 2016 stats after 7 games

37 receptions

616 yards

17 yards per catch

10 touchdowns


Highlights from our interview

Q: I’ve noticed one of the things that makes you a big threat in the red zone is your ability to jump higher than the defenders.  What’s your vertical? 

A: Last time I checked it was 37′

Q: You’re clearly a natural athlete and I bet that vertical comes in pretty useful on the basketball court.  When could you first dunk? And what other sports do you play?

A: My first time dunking was New Year’s day of my freshman year.  I also play basketball, baseball and run track outside of football.

Q: Who’s your favorite football player of all-time?

A: I don’t have just one favorite player, but my favorite receivers are Julio Jones, Antonio brown , AJ Green , DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins.

Q: What NFL team do you want to play for?

A: Dallas Cowboys

Q:What’s your major going to be at Oklahoma in the fall?

A: I haven’t decided yet, but I have an interest in studying law as well as business. Luckily, I still have some time to make that decision. 

We look forward to watching Rambo play for the Sooners and in the meantime you can follow him on Twitter @Ballout_charlie


Kennedy has all the talent to become the next Adrian Peterson


Kennedy Brooks

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 200

Position: RB

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Earlier this season Kennedy scored 5 touchdowns against Rambo’s Cedar Hill squad, but still lost 42-41

Kennedy’s 2016 stats after 7 games

1,807 rushing yards

10 yards per carry

23 touchdowns


Highlights from our interview

Q: Who’s your biggest influence when it comes to football?

A: My family influences me in every aspect of my life. They always remind me to have fun and be the best Kennedy Brooks I can be – not anyone else. 

Q: What made you choose Oklahoma over other schools?

A: I love the tradition at Oklahoma. They always seem to have great running backs and it’s close to my family.

Q: Who’s your favorite football player of all-time?

A: Adrian Peterson (former Sooner running back)

Q:What’s your major going to be at Oklahoma in the fall?

A: Honestly, I’m not sure yet and I’m still narrowing down my list of options.

We look forward to watching Kennedy play for the Sooners and in the meantime you can follow him on Twitter @offenseofmind




Cotton Bowl images by Photo: Andreas Praefcke (Own work (own photograph)) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bob stoops image: By Flickr user Billy A (http://www.flickr.com/photos/photoba/241345446/) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Adrian Peterson image: By Flickr user Billy A (http://www.flickr.com/photos/photoba/241347760/) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Featured image: By John Silks [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

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