Hot 11: Tulane

Josh McCuistion, Editor
Sooner Scoop

Oklahoma's 56-14 win over Tulane had its fair share of rough moments for the Sooners but in the end Oklahoma put up over 600-yards of offense and defensively fought the Green Wave to a 14-7 scoring matchup. So who were the stars of Oklahoma's 'game after' Columbus? This week's Hot 11 features some surprising new names including two Sooners who have never made the list before.

11. Kenneth Mann

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Stats: Five tackles (two solo), one sack (eight yards), and one forced fumble.

Analysis: Mann is not a name that has been mentioned much since he signed with the Sooners in February of 2015 but there was plenty of conversation that Oklahoma's move to a one-gap scheme could really suit him. That started to flash against the Green Wave. Mann has been largely overlooked since high school but go back and watch his sack and forced fumble and think about the power in his left hand to make the move he did.

Last Week: N/A

10. Kyler Murray

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Stats: 3-for-3 for 103-yards and an 87-yard touchdown as well as one carry for eight yards.

Analysis: This is a really interesting rating because he was good enough to be higher on this list. At the same time he was on the field for such a short time a case could be made he shouldn't be on the list at all. Murray's throw to Marquise Brown was a thing of beauty and what is kind of quietly not being mentioned? He hasn't really shown his ability as a runner yet which would be on the short list of any quarterback in college football.

Last Week: N/A

9. Kenneth Murray

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Stats: Eight tackles (two solo), one tackle for loss (two yards), one fumble recovery.

Analysis: First half Murray may not have been in the Hot 51. Second half Murray might have pushed for No. 1. The guy really was all over the field and look back at his play (that the Monday Morning Idiot broke down) in the fourth quarter that ended up being the Sooners final meaningful stop. Murray not only read the play quickly but had the athletic ability to track down an option quarterback from behind. Just an amazing glimpse at what may be to come.

Last Week: No. 2

8. Obo Okoronkwo

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Stats: Nine tackles (five solo), two tackles for loss (nine yards), one forced fumble, one sack (seven yards).

Analysis: Following his performance in the Horseshoe, this was always going to be, relatively, a 'down' performance. Okoronkwo took a little while to get going, losing contain a few times early on, but once he did he was back up to his old tricks. Okoronkwo has just become flat out unblockable one on one for offensive tackles and it showed to be true for the third time this year in the second half against Tulane.

Last Week: N/A

7. Abdul Adams

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Stats: Eight carries for 93-yards and two receptions for 32-yards including a 20-yard touchdown.

Analysis: There is a very real chance that you just watched (or didn't watch, depending on your PPV choice) a big step in maturation for Adams. He could have sulked following the win in Columbus and the reality that following his fumble he didn't see the field again. However, he clearly went back to work and pleased the coaches enough to get plenty of snaps. If you made the choice, he may well start this weekend in Waco.

Last Week: N/A

6. Neville Gallimore

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Stats: Nine tackles (four solo), half a sack (four yards).

Analysis: This is pretty much same song, second verse from Kenneth Murray's section. Gallimore just happened to figure it all out a little quicker than his young linebacker. The big man's big hit late in the second quarter may as well have been a dinner bell ringing in the Tulane backfield. From there on Gallimore and the Sooners front seven looked like a different unit that took the fight to the Green Wave.

Last Week: N/A

5. Baker Mayfield

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Stats: 17-for-27 for 331-yards and four touchdowns (82, 22, 20, 11).

Analysis: Look at that stat line, ok, now go look again. Yet all you can hear Oklahoma coaches, players, fans, and even Mayfield himself say?

'Disappointing'.

That's just how high the bar is set for the guy who is clearly the Heisman trophy front runner right now. He may not have been perfect but most of college football head coaches would be sacrificing their first born to have that Mayfield on their roster.

Last Week: No. 1

4. Marquise Brown

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Stats: Six receptions for 155-yards and an 87-yard touchdown.

Analysis: It took three weeks of football for Brown to finally get the chance to show Oklahoma football fans what he was about but now there won't be much forgetting it. As much as people will talk about his 87-yard score it was his drag route across the middle that was just mesmerizing. The reality that Brown picked up more than 10-yards on a route in which he probably shouldn't have even reached the sideline says a lot about his game-changing speed.

Last Week: N/A

3. Parnell Motley

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Stats: Four tackles (two solo), one tackle for loss (four yards), one interception return for touchdown (77-yards).

Analysis: But if you're going to mention a game changer it's hard to find one who had a more key moment in the game than the fast-emerging sophomore Motley. After the big performance against Ohio State a lot of people were interested to see how he would handle being a bit more of a known entity and aside from a few missed tackles early he came through with shining colors. Motley looks more and more like a difference maker at corner.

Last Week: No. 6

2. Cedarian Lamb

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Stats: Four receptions for 131-yards and two touchdowns (82, 22).

Analysis: If not for only playing the better part of a half, Lamb would probably have taken home the top spot. He was well on his way to a 200-yard receiving game and came up just 10-yards short of the Sooners freshman receiving record - held by Ryan Broyles. In just a few weeks Lamb has shown an ability to impact the game in so many ways through the air.

Last Week: No. 11

1. Orlando Brown

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Stats: N/A

Analysis: It is just crazy what the Sooners big man is putting on tape so far this year. After fighting Ohio State's never-ending depth at defensive end last week he went back to just bullying one defensive end after another this year. It is safe to say that he'll be keeping pass rushers up at night for the foreseeable future.

Last Week: No. 7

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