New roster: breaking it down

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners have released their updated football roster, and there is some interesting news and notes on it. Sooners Illustrated dissects those inside.

1. The suspended quartet is nowhere to be found--It has long been reported that out of the four guys who were suspended indefinitely back in early May, only one, wide receiver Kameel Jackson, would return. Wide receivers Jaz Reynolds and Trey Franks and defensive back Quentin Hayes were all three stripped of their scholarships, while Jackson still had his. But now none of the four is even on the roster. That means at the time being there are nine scholarship receivers, five of which are freshmen.

2. Geneo Grissom has shifted from DE to TE--Grissom was working with Bruce Kittle's group some during the spring, and it appears that change is now permanent. After recording just five tackles, including 1.5 for loss, as a third-string defensive end in 2011, Grissom has moved to offense. He'll bolster a group that features two incomers, JUCO transfer Brannon Green and true freshman Taylor McNamara.

3. All the newcomers are listed--There's some anxiousness about a few players, most notably including wide receiver Courtney Gardner, as well as defensive end Charles Tapper and a couple others. But all of those are on the updated roster, suggesting there is reason to be confident all could set foot on campus before fall camp. That's some good news.

4. Kicker Patrick O'Hara is no longer on there--O'Hara took over the starting role for a time during the 2010 season, but Michael Hunnicutt is now the starting place kicker and a member of the Lou Groza Watch List and O'Hara has moved on. He is not on the roster any longer. Just three kickers, Hunnicutt, plus Eric Hosek and Nick Hodgson, are listed.

5. Grissom moves out, then Rashod Favors moves in--With the former moving to the offensive side of the ball, the latter has shifted from linebacker to Grissom's old spot at defensive end. Favors redshirted in 2010 before giving depth at the linebacker position in 2011, where he played just against Ball State. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops likes the 4-2-5 defense, and this lends credence to the fact that he likes his three mainstay backers right now in Tom Wort, Joseph Ibiloye and Corey Nelson, along with the others. Moving Favors to D-end, therefore, makes sense.

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