By George Stoia · @GeorgeStoia
There are 21 players from Oklahoma on the Sooners’ 91-man roster.
For decades, most of OU’s players have come from all over the country, especially from Texas (there are 35 Texans on this year’s roster). But the Sooner state has produced some of Oklahoma’s all-time great players — Sterling Shepard, Sam Bradford, Billy Sims and Lee Roy Selmon, just to name a few.
Oklahomans take pride in truly being Sooner born and Sooner bred.
“People overlook Oklahoma kids,” said Clay Mack, who trains both Oklahoma and Texas high school football players. “I can’t wrap my head around why these kids aren’t getting looked at more. Sure, Texas has a lot more athletes. But Oklahoma has some players, too.”
The Daily chose three Oklahoma-born players on the Sooners’ 2019-20 roster that could play a major role in OU’s season. Each one comes from a different hometown, and all three have different stories.
But all of them share one thing: a love for their school and state.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a lot of talent in Oklahoma,” Mack said. “And people are sleeping on that talent.”
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