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Norman man dies in boating accident at Lake Eufaula

LAKE EUFAULA, Okla. — A Norman man died after a boating accident on Lake Eufaula Saturday evening, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Troopers said Braxton G. Byrd, 23, of Norman, was surfing behind the boat he was on when he fell and then the boat circled around to get him and the operator went into reverse and Byrd was struck by a propeller.
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Two drowning deaths on Oklahoma lakes mar holiday weekend

Okla. — A Norman man was killed Saturday at Lake Eufaula after surfing behind a boat, falling and being struck by the boat's propeller as it backed up toward him, according to a Department of Public Safety news release. Braxton Byrd, 23, was killed around 6 p.m. roughly...
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Oklahoma football: Jackson Arnold may be best QB of the 2023 class

The Oklahoma football Sooners have been referred to as QBU for quite a while. This is for good reason. Oklahoma has four Heisman Trophy quarterbacks, five Associated Press Player of the Year QBs, and since 2000 the most Heisman finalists at the QB position. And then there’s Landry Jones, who was none of the above but is Oklahoma’s all-time leading passer and the leader among the Power Five conferences.

Oklahoma Sooners Football: Skepticism about more conference realignment

Following last week’s announcement of USC and UCLA making an earth-shattering move to leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten, talk immediately moved to the possibility of super conferences taking over college football. I mentioned previously I’m skeptical that major consolidation is coming in the very near future. Here...

Man dies after boating incident on Lake Eufaula

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Yesterday around 6 p.m., a deadly incident occurred on Lake Eufaula, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol. A 2018 Moomba was being operated by a 22-year-old woman. Braxton G. Byrd, a 23-year-old man from Norman, was surfing behind the boat. Byrd fell off the surfboard into...

Norman Man, 23, Killed In Boating Accident On Lake Eufaula

A 23-year-old man from Norman was killed in a boating accident Saturday on Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. Troopers said Braxton Byrd was surfing behind a boat and fell off the board. OHP said the boat circled and reversed, causing the boat to hit Byrd. Troopers confirm Byrd was...

OU Sooners Sports Minute

Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson selects the Mount Rushmore for OU women's sports. She selects four women who have made a huge impact on Sooner athletics. One Mount Rushmore is for softball — and the other is for all of OU women's sports. ... Former Sooner men's basketball coach Lon Kruger was selected for induction into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. ...  Oklahoman staff writer Justin Martinez takes a look at the draft stock of several players now that the College World Series is done. This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: OU Sooners Sports Minute

Boating Safety Urged For Holiday Weekend After Multiple Incidents

It's been a deadly holiday weekend on Oklahoma waters ahead of the 4th of July. We're learning new details about two separate, water-related deaths: one at Lake Eufaula and the other at Grand Lake. Many people are spending their days on the water, taking advantage of area lakes but authorities...

1 Dead Following Norman Crash Along Highway 9

One person is dead following a car crash Friday morning in Norman. The accident happened around 5:30 a.m. on State Highway 9 between 120th Avenue Southeast and 132nd Avenue Southeast. Authorities said a pickup truck traveling westbound on Highway 9 crossed the median and struck a cement truck traveling eastbound.

Man killed in crash involving cement truck on State Highway 9 in Norman

NORMAN, Okla. — A man died in a crash involving a cement truck Friday morning on State Highway 9 in Norman near Lake Thunderbird. Authorities have closed the highway between 120th Avenue Southeast and 132nd Avenue Southeast. Sky 5 flew over the scene Friday morning, showing what looks like...
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NFL Draft Profile: Marvin Mims, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma Sooners

After a fantastic freshman campaign, Mims took a step back last season, which really hurt his NFL draft projection. There is an element of speed to Mims’ game that is hard to find. He can create separation downfield and should be a vertical threat at the next level. Even though Mims isn’t the most physically imposing wideout, he does a great job of tracking the ball downfield and making some acrobatic catches. He is going to be a threat at all three levels because of his speed and ball tracking ability. Mims also displayed great body control on film. In terms of his YAC ability, Mims is solid after the catch. He has enough wiggle and speed to make defenders miss in space. The main area of Mims’ game that needs to improve is his overall play strength. He struggles against more physical cornerbacks at the line of scrimmage and downfield. They are able to consistently disrupt his route and drive him out of the play. Mims has a very small presence on the field and will go through stretches where he is a non-factor. There were some great downfield catches on film but Mims isn’t an advanced route runner and struggled to create separation on routes that weren’t just verticals or posts. He is going to go up against faster cornerbacks at the next level and without game changing speed, he is going to need to be more than what he is now. As a blocker, Mims puts in the effort but his lack of play strength makes it difficult for him to be impactful in that regard. At the collegiate level Mims plays inside and on the outside but his best spot will probably be the slot. Overall, Mims is a deep threat that has made some highlight reel catches at the collegiate level but he needs a lot of development as a route runner and with his play strength. There are some intriguing elements to his game but he is a day three player right now.