Oklahoma spring football is just around the corner. Coming off a disappointing 2014 season, all Sooner fans are looking forward to turning the page to 2015.
Every edition of spring practices bring along questions, but there has arguably never been a more fascinating and uncertain spring than the one OU is about to begin.
Sooners Illustrated is here to help. During these next 15 days, we are going to pose one major question each day regarding OU’s 2015 spring football issues.
The countdown will end March 6, the final day before OU’s first day of practice and coincidentally, OU’s second junior day event and OU basketball’s showdown vs. Kansas in a huge day in OU sports. After spring practice, we will revisit these same 15 questions and see what has been answered and what remains left to be figured out.
Question No. 15: Which mid-year enrollee will make biggest impact?
You could go one of two directions with this and neither answer would be wrong. What is clear is your answer is on the offensive side of the ball.
In one corner is wide receiver Dede Westbrook. He’s an obvious choice because the early reviews are in, and Westbrook has been sensational and doing everything right.
The problem is the logjam at wide receiver. With Lincoln Riley running the offense and Dennis Simmons and Cale Gundy calling the shots at wide receiver, it’s almost like an open tryout as to who is going to earn their spot.
Guys that maybe couldn’t handle Jay Norvell might have found new life with the coaching changes. And younger players might be ready to step up.
And add in the issues with recruiting with 2012 signees John Michael McGee and Kyle Marrs no longer part of the program. It all adds up to Jamal Danley coming in and making the immediate impact he is expecting to make.
There are no questions with Danley. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh targeted Danley a long time ago and won the battle against some of the best in the SEC.
Danley wants to play guard and that’s where Bedenbaugh talked about having him play. He has two years to make it count, and those two years begin now.
The offensive line, as a whole, is going to be a major question mark for the Sooners. But Danley should be the answer to the guard dilemma.