Oklahoma Sooners: Jocelyn Alo named Jim Thorpe Oklahoma athlete of the year

Happy Monday, friends and fans!

Just days after winning the national championship, Oklahoma Sooners softball star Jocelyn Alo was named the Jim Thorpe Oklahoma Athlete of the Year by the Oklahoma District of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

Past recipients of the Jim Thorpe Oklahoma Athlete of the Year Award are Sam Bradford, Baker Mayfield, Gerald McCoy, Jason White and Brady Manek.

The first half of this year has been a wild ride for Alo. In addition to her most recent honor, she won a Big 12 championship, broke the program record for most home runs in a season with 34 dingers, was named USA Softball Player of the Year as well as ‘an American first team in the NFCA, and she helped lead OU to its fifth national title.

It would be a daunting task to complete the kind of season Jocelyn Alo just offered, but luckily for Oklahoma, she will be back in 2022 for a potential recall.

Now let’s move on to this week’s Hot Links Monday edition! The Sooners lose a 2022 pledge, Hollywood Brown wears number 5 again, Kyrie drops as the Bucks tie the streak together and more!

  • Four-star WR 2022 class prospect Jordan Hudson withdrew his verbal pledge from Oklahoma on Monday.
  • While an official announcement has yet to be made, former LSU Tigers RB Kev against ‘Tre’ Bradford is expected to move to Oklahoma. OU’s running back depth took a hit this spring with the departure of Seth McGowan, so adding a talent like Bradford should help mitigate that loss of production.
  • Steve Lassan of Athlon Sports recently provided his in-depth look at the Big 12 and, of course, he predicts OU will win a seventh conference championship. Additionally, he shared each team’s strengths and concerns ahead of the 2021 season.
  • OL Brey Walker is entering his fourth season in Oklahoma, and with all that time on the schedule, he should be poised to finally break through and make an impact down the offensive line. John Hoover of SI Sooners has more.
  • Baltimore Ravens WR Marquise Brown is back wearing his old jersey number he wore when he donned the Crimson & Cream. You look good, Hollywood!

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