Offense - Position-by-position
Quarterback - Georgia transfer Nate Hybl, 6-3, 217, Jr., starts at quarterback. In fall practice, Hybl completed 41 of 63 attempts (65 percent) for 371 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Hybl played in five games last season. He completed nine of 16 passes with two interceptions. Does he have Josh Huepel's intangibles such as leadership ability? Jason White backs him up. Stoops believes that Hybl and White will give the Sooners greater ability to throw downfield than last season.
Running backs - RB - Quentin Griffin, 5-6, 196, Jr., (1,252 all-purpose yards; 17 touchdowns) has reportedly added 20 pounds since last season while decreasing his forty speed. Jerad Estus 6-1, 180, Rs-Fr. - Stoops says Estus has "incredible speed," and many predict big things from Estus this year. Griffin's off-season work ethic and the addition of Estus will make Oklahoma even tougher here.
Wide Receivers - The Sooners' top eight receivers return. Antwone Savage, 6-0, 190, Jr., Curtis Fagan (6-0, 175, Jr.) Andre Woolfolk, 6-1, 175, Jr., all run low 4.4 to high 4.3 in the forty. Josh Norman (6-3, 223, Sr.) is hard for defenses to match up against.
Tight end - Though the wide receivers get the most ink, the Sooners always has a tight end in their formations, and returning starter Trent Smith, 6-5, 229, Jr., is a good one. Named as a Freshman All-American and honorable mention All-Big 12 as a sophomore. He had eight catches for 96 yards in the Big 12 title game versus K-State.
Offensive line - Frank Romero, 6-4, 286, Sr., is the captain of the O-line and will compete for All-American honors at left tackle. Howard Duncan, 6-3, 299, Sr., is a returning starter who has been consistent for the Sooners. Duncan switched positions in the fall with Wes Sims, 6-5, 310, Fr. RS., who will play Duncan's left guard spot, while Duncan moves to right tackle. (The Inside Carolina depth chart is more accurate than the official Sooner website on this point). Mike Skinner, 6-4, 298, Jr., returns as the starter at right guard. Josh Smith, 6-1, 281, Jr., is slated to start at center.
Three players thought to be in the mix for starting positions, sophomore center Josh Tucker, JUCO guard transfer Clint Werth, and JUCO transfer Jon Hawk all left the team in the off-season. Three defensive linemen, Chike Ozumba, 6-3, 278, Jr., Jammal Brown, 6-6, 31,