Ep. 321 - Lole Spurns Sooners for Texas & We Assess OU's WRs and TEs
West of Everest: An Oklahoma Football Podcast
by Lee & Grant Benson
1w ago
Grant is playing injured during this episode as the guys reminisce about the time Hugh Freeze coached a game from a hospital bed. After a brief intro, the guys talk about Jermayne Lole flipping his commitment to OU over to Texas (4:20). Reggie Grimes has found a new team (12:00). We continue our evaluation of the OU roster by putting each player into one of six different categories. We start with the WRs. This part of the show includes some wild Grant conspiracy theories, ripping on Big Ten QBs, Todd Bates catches a stray for some reason and there's other shenanigans (14:00). Over to the TEs a ..read more
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Ep. 320 - The Significance of OU Landing Damonic Williams
West of Everest: An Oklahoma Football Podcast
by Lee & Grant Benson
3w ago
After some brief Cinco de Mayo talk, the guys jump into the significance of OU picking up Damonic Williams out of the transfer portal (3:25). General Booty and Gavin Freeman both entered the portal this week. Freeman has committed to OSU. We talk about the numbers and go over once again why Freeman's time with the Sooners was frustrating (30:20). The guys take a look at the QBs and RBs on the OU roster and put them all into 6 different categories: Top Player/Good, solid starter/Average/Need to see more/Below average/Move on (45:00). A very brief talk about Deion Sanders/Colorado (1:17:25). Gra ..read more
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Ep. 319 - OU Adds Two From the Portal. Who's Next?
West of Everest: An Oklahoma Football Podcast
by Lee & Grant Benson
1M ago
We have quickly jumped into the true offseason of college football with the spring behind us. OU got some good news this past week with a couple of players committing out of the transfer portal at two positions of need (2:50). TCU's Damonic Williams still has not made his decision. Looks like there's a few other DT targets that OU could look at aside from Williams. Plus Grant thinks Lee's crazy for comparing Rondell Bothroyd's play last season to Reggie Grimes' play from 2022 (16:50). Jasiah Wagoner is off to Cal. Lee is surprised Jovantae Barnes is not in the portal (33:00). The guys defend J ..read more
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Ep. 318 - Burks Looks Awesome in Encouraging OU Spring Game
West of Everest: An Oklahoma Football Podcast
by Lee & Grant Benson
1M ago
Grant was bored by the spring game while Lee explains why the spring game was pretty interesting to him (1:25). We get into the breakdown beginning with Jackson Arnold and his play (8:30). Lee wants to talk about Michael Hawkins because there was a spring narrative about him looking really good, yet we didn't see much evidence of that in the spring game (23:15). The offensive line with Jackson Arnold played really well. Overall we're encouraged by what we saw from the OL (25:35). Deion Burks was terrific, but no other pass catchers really stood out (33:20). Sawchuk, Hicks, and Franklin all loo ..read more
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Ep. 317 - Spring Game Preview & Who Do We *Not* Want to Portal?
West of Everest: An Oklahoma Football Podcast
by Lee & Grant Benson
1M ago
The guys open the show talking about OU's season opener vs. Temple being moved up to Friday, August 30. We also go over some of the other matchups on Labor Day weekend, as well as even more premiere matchups in Week 2 (1:10). Jumping into the Spring Game preview. We're still waiting on a format for the game. Lee wants Jackson Arnold to look really good, but Grant reminds people that sometimes the starting QB doesn't look good in this game. We also talk about the possibility of Arnold throwing a bunch of picks this upcoming season (19:15). We'll be watching for Jovantae Barnes, Kalib Hicks, and ..read more
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Ep. 316 - The Starting Center is Hurt, But Everything Else Still Sounds Great
West of Everest: An Oklahoma Football Podcast
by Lee & Grant Benson
1M ago
There were a lot of positive vibes flowing at OU spring practice this week, but unfortunately the biggest news is that center Troy Everett is injured and will be out until at least the beginning of the season (1:30). The offensive line and the defensive line have the most question marks on the team going into 2024. Venables did have a lot of positive things to say about the DL this week at practice (10:30). We continue to hear great things about Jayden Jackson and David Stone (17:25). The LBs are in much better shape today compared to where the Sooners were in the spring of 2022 (20:30). It su ..read more
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Ep. 315 - What the Heck is Going on With Jovantae Barnes and His Foot?
West of Everest: An Oklahoma Football Podcast
by Lee & Grant Benson
1M ago
Brent Venables opened up practice for quite a long time to the media this week. Plus many players conducted interviews, including Jovantae Barnes. We begin the show by jumping into Barnes and what the heck is going on with his foot and his potential availability for the 2024 season. Lee goes through the timeline of his foot injury dating back to last spring and we try to figure out if he's ever going to be healthy--or maybe Barnes just simply isn't very good (3:00). Grant points out that the two players atop the RB depth chart are injury prone, so potentially all RBs have a chance to get some ..read more
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Ep. 314 - DeMarco Murray is Staying at OU & Cleaning Out the Inbox
West of Everest: An Oklahoma Football Podcast
by Lee & Grant Benson
2M ago
After some opening pleasnatries, we jump into the story of DeMarco Murray staying at OU after getting courted by Ohio State. The guys have been critical of Murray in the past, so what did they think when this story broke? We recall all the reasons why we've been critical of Murray and it all comes back to Tawee Walker (2:30). Lee reads from a story published in August of last year that may help shine some light on the relationship between Murray and Tawee Walker (22:10). Lee goes through the four recruiting classes Murray has been involved with at OU. We also look back at the RBs OU has recrui ..read more
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Ep. 313 - Sharp Grades on New & Current Head Coaches Plus OU Basketball is Left Out Once Again
West of Everest: An Oklahoma Football Podcast
by Lee & Grant Benson
2M ago
We start the show with the breaking news that OU men's basketball has missed the NCAA Tournament yet again. The Sooners were the first team out. All the upsets in the conference tournaments ended up pushing OU out of the tourney. Grant has plenty of thoughts on Porter Moser and the program (1:10). Moving over to football by checking in with the official OU spring roster. Lee appreciates the pronunciation guide. The guys go over some players gaining and losing weight, and maybe a little fun with new numbers (21:45). Bill Bedenbaugh is the first non-coordinator OU assistant coach to earn a $1M ..read more
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Ep. 312 - Venables and the Gang Are Here for Spring Ball
West of Everest: An Oklahoma Football Podcast
by Lee & Grant Benson
2M ago
We open the show by talking about what's coming up, plus Daylight Savings Time. We move on to Brent Venables' pre-Spring press conference where we learned that Justin Harrington won his appeal with the NCAA. Also some thoughts on Andrel Anthony (5:00). We've learned how to pronounce some new names, OU's hired a new offensive analyst, Venables had some thoughts on new co-DC Zac Alley, and Venables has improved as a speaker since becoming OU's head coach (9:40). There seems to be quite a bit of mid-year enrollees. Thoughts on David Stone and Jayden Jackson, Venables on a "General Manager", and w ..read more
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