After a slow start, the Oklahoma offense is starting to gain traction. After a loss to Kansas State in Week 4, the Sooners (4-1, 2-1) have put up 41 against Texas Tech and then humiliated Texas last week in the Cotton Bowl, 63-21.
OU comes into Saturday's game with Kansas (1-5, 0-3) averaging 506 yards per game (285 passing, 221 rushing) and 43 points a contest. For the second straight week, the Jayhawks will have to contest with a variety of weapons.
The Sooners offense starts with senior quarterback Landry Jones (6-4 218), who's been the signal caller in Norman, so long, it seems as if he's been leading the Sooners offense since the Barry Switzer days. Jones has rebounded from a slow start nicely to catch fire, including going 21 of 37 for 321 yards and a touchdown in the rout over Texas, last week. In that game, he became the winningest quarterback in Oklahoma history with a record of 33-9.
When the Sooners get near the goal line, they'll sometimes call on former Wichita Bishop Carroll standout Blake Bell (6-6 254) , otherwise known as "The Belldozer." Bell scored four rushing touchdowns against the Longhorns. Bell has seven touchdowns on the season after scoring 13 as a freshman last year, which is astonishing considering the fact that Bob Stoops didn't implement the "Belldozer" package until their game at Kansas State on October 29th.
The Sooners are versatile at the running back position, led by junior Damien Williams (6-0 208) and senior Dominique Whaley (5-11 204). Williams rushed for a career high 167 yards last week against Texas, including a 95-yard touchdown. He has 508 yards and six touchdown through OU's first five games.
Whaley has slowly recovered from a gruesome ankle injury suffered against K-State last October of last season to rush for 241 yards and a score. Junior Brennan Clay adds to the group with 167 yards and three touchdowns.
The Sooners will also use their fullbacks. Junior Trey Millard (6-2 256) was outstanding against Texas, tallying a career high of 119 yards receiving, including a 73 yarder and a 24-yard touchdown.
The Oklahoma receivers are as talented as any group KU will see this year. Junior Kenny Stills (6-1 190) averages six receptions a game for 76 yards. He collected a career high 10 for 120 yards in Week 2 against Florida A&M. Penn State transfer Justin Brown (6-3 209) has added to the Sooners attack, grabbing five balls for 73 yards and a score last week. Brown also ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 10th in the nation with an average of 16.3 on punt returns. Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders (5-9 160) debuted last week with two catches for 54 yards against the Longhorns.
From there, Oklahoma showcases dynamic freshman talent, highlighted by Sterling Shepard (5-10 188), who will be a star. In his first start against K-State, he seven receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown, becoming the first freshman to go over 100 yards receiving since Ryan Broyles did it in 2008. The other two freshman, Trey Metoyer (6-1 190) and Duron Neal (5-11 209) also posses the ability to make plays.
The Sooners tight ends are young, but can produce. Sophomore Geneo Grissom (6-4 247) will make Kansas fans think of what could have been. The former Hutchinson Salthawk seemed to be on his way to KU to be the next star at defensive end, after being heavily recruited by Mark Mangino and his staff. When Mangino and staff were let go following the 2009 season, Oklahoma swept in and Grissom was headed to Norman. Two years later, he's been converted to tight end. Fort Scott CC transfer Brannon Green (6-2 250) will also see time. Green so far has only pulled down three receptions for 35 yards. Freshman Taylor McNamara (6-5 238) is also talented, so much so that he earned a start in Week 2 against Florida A&M.
The Sooners offensive line is anchored by junior center Gabe Ikard (6-3 288), who was named to the Outland and Lombardi Trophy watch lists before the season. Senior Lane Johnson (6-7 303) will get the start at left tackle, while sophomore Adam Shead (6-4 307) will start at left guard. Despite being young, don't be fooled. Shead has started 10 games in his career so far. The right side is led by junior Bronson Irwin (6-5 307) at right guard and sophomore Daryl Williams (6-6 299) at right tackle. Irwin has seen action in every game the past two year, while Williams has started every game this season.
Sophomore kicker Michael Hunnicut (6-0 173) is on his way to becoming one of the best kickers in the Big 12, if he isn't already. As a freshman, he tied an Oklahoma record for field goals in a season with 21, ranking fifth in the country with an 87 percent conversion rate (21-24).