OU 15 questions for spring '15: No. 1

The countdown is over. The biggest question for OU heading into spring practice.

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. 1: Who is going to be OU’s starting quarterback after the spring?

You knew it was coming. We can talk schemes. We can talk coaching changes. But if you don’t know have consistent quarterback play, it simply isn’t going to matter.

The Sooners didn’t have that in 2014 and couldn’t cover up the weaknesses like they’ve been able to in past years. There was no margin of error this time around, and OU paid for it.

That’s the job for Lincoln Riley. Brought in not just to run the offense but to coach and develop the quarterback spot once again for the Sooners. Development is a key word there as it has felt like it has been a while since an OU quarterback improved while in Norman.

Four choices. Who’s it going to be? Baker Mayfield? Trevor Knight? Cody Thomas? Justice Hansen?

The choice heading into the spring looks like Mayfield. His skill set is more in line with what Riley is hoping to do at the spot. Accuracy is going to be key, and it has been a real issue for Knight during his time at OU.

He hasn’t been accurate and hasn’t been healthy. You take those two components, and it’s going to be hard to see Riley trust Knight. When he’s good, well, we know how good he can be. But when he’s off, well, yea, we know how that goes, too.

Mayfield brings along a certain swagger, but we’ll have to see if that translates into production on the field because no doubt Thomas and Hansen are eager to show what they can do. Thomas, especially, seems fired up by the coaching change.

Not sure Bob Stoops is going to give a definitive answer to this one even after the red-white game. It’s probably something we’ll be talking about in the summer and at Big 12 media days and heading into camp.

One man is going to win it. And that man right now is Mayfield.

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