A Look at the Oklahoma Sooners

It is never too early to look at some of the opponents of the Noles in 2010, we start with the Oklahoma Sooners.

Key Losses: Sam Bradford(QB), Trent Williams(OT), Brian Simmons(TE), Austin English(DE), Keenan Clayton(LB), Ryan Reynolds(LB), Gerald McCoy(DT), Brian Jackson(LB), and Demarcus Granger(DT)

Top Returning Players: Landry Jones(QB), Demarco Murray(RB), Ryan Broyles(WR), Casey Turner(DT), Justin Chiasson(DL), Jermie Calhoun(RB), Moses Madu(RB), Marshall Musil(RB), Brandon Crow(FB), and Jamarkus McFarland(DT)

Impact Newcomer Offense: Kenny Stills

Impact Newcomer Defense: Geneo Grissom(JUCO)

Offense: When Bradford went down last season it was Landry Jones who stepped in at QB. For most of the season the results were inconsistent at best. With over 300 yards in their bowl win over Stanford, Jones looks to step up and become the next Sooner QB to become one of the nation's elite. Jones has better physical talents than Bradford, but his accuracy is nowhere near as good.

When the Sooners throws the football, look for Ryan Broyles to Jones favorite target. He finished last season with 89 catches for 1,120 yards and 15 touchdowns.

When they decide to run the football it will be a backfield by committee. Murray is the top returning back and finished with 705 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009.

Last season the Sooner offensive line was solid, but they must replace first round pick Trent Williams at OT. They do return three starters in Tyler Evans, Ben Habern, and Jarvis Jones.

Defense: On defense the Sooners lose two of their top players on the DL. Both McCoy and English were key cogs in the Sooner defensive line. They will try and replace McCoy with Casey Walker, Justin Chiasson, and Jamarkus McFarland. All three have terrific potential, but none are as talented at McCoy.

The LB core has always been a strength under Head Coach Bob Stoops, but there is significant work to be done here in finding new players.

The secondary will once again be a strength. It will be made up of Demontre Hurst(soph), Jonathan Nelson(sr), Gabe Lynn(RS frosh), Jamell Fleming(jr), and Marcus Trice(soph). Lynn had an impressive performance in their Spring game where he intercepted two passes.

Final Outlook: Since 2000 OU has gone into the the regular season as one of the favorites for the National Title almost every year. This year OU comes off a season they would like to forget. They have some talent, but this year's version has plenty of question marks.

Can Landry Jones take the momentum of last year's bowl win over Stanford and carry it that into this season?

Will Murray showcase the same talents he had as a freshmen and sophomore and become the next great one?

Will their passing attack become one of the elites in college football again?

These are just some of the questions that need to be answered. When you look at the OU defense this is the first time in awhile there is not a big named prospect in their front seven heading into the season. This is a team that could jump back into National Title contention or have another 7-5 or 804 type season.


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