Sooner post-spring outlook: offense

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooner Nation has had time to reflect on spring ball, so now it's time to analyze everything that transpired and look beyond the months of March and April heading up towards the start of the season.

MVP: Trey Metoyer

People have been raving about him all spring and he was the most electric player in the Red-White game, so Metoyer earns the honors here. Metoyer finished the spring game with six catches for 72 yards and has already provoked comments from head coach Bob Stoops saying that he'll have a huge impact on the offense next fall.

Player to watch: Trey Millard

Stoops and co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel have made it very clear that Millard's role will be much heavier in 2012 than the previous two years. Several coaches, including new defensive minds Mike Stoops (defensive coordinator) and Tim Kish (linebackers coach) have said he's the best player on the team. He rushed for 21 yards on three carries and caught a couple passes for four yards in the spring game. He'll have a major impact on the offense this upcoming season.

Potential surprise player: Brannon Green

One of the biggest question marks throughout the offseason was that of the tight end position. Without a scholarship player following the conclusion of the 2011 season, OU went out and recruited several, including early enrollees Green and Taylor McNamara. While McNamara has really progressed, Green has impressed, especially with his blocking ability. He could be a nice addition to this offense.

Most secure position: Quarterback

It would be easy to say wide receiver because of Metoyer, along with veteran junior Kenny Stills. But it's nearly impossible to go away from having a senior quarterback. Landry Jones returns as a three-year starter and is poised to lead the Sooners once again towards their National Championship chase. He's quarterbacked OU to three bowl victories and provides a wealth of experience. Should anything go wrong, Blake Bell and Drew Allen are both very near ready to take over the reigns.

The biggest concern: Run game

The Sooners have placed a heavy emphasis on improving this part of their offense throughout the spring, but until OU gets into the season, it'll be hard to tell if the proper progressions have actually been made. OU ranked amongst the middle of the pack last year in rushing yards per carry and needs to improve that in order to balance its offense and reach its potential. Spring game totals and production, along with coaches' assurances, only tell so much.

What we know: Simply the offense is going to be very explosive.

With practically the same offensive line--it only loses third round draft pick Donald Stephenson--there's a lot of stability up front. There are plenty of very talented skill players and experienced ones at that. Jones, of course, returns to guide the offense, as previously mentioned. It was an electric offense last year, and all of this lends evidence that it'll be so again in 2012.

What's still in question: Who is the backup signal caller.

Bell, the Insight Bowl MVP, stood out as the best reserve quarterback in the spring game, throwing for 179 yards and a touchdown and completing 14-of-19 passes. Still, a couple of Allen's passes were dropped, or his 10-for-18 for 72 yards could have appeared better. Allen was the true backup last year, despite the Belldozer package. And the coaches would not and still have not named a backup coming out of the spring.

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