The main stories of Oklahoma’s spring game were definitely about the quarterbacks and adjusting to the system of first-year offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, but there were plenty of other takeaways from Saturday in Norman.
Brooks goes off…again
Running back Daniel Brooks was the best back on the field for the second consecutive spring game, putting up even better numbers this season than he did last year.
Brooks rushed for 154 yards on 21 carries and added 40 yards on three receptions. But Riley made it clear that it was actually an off night for Brooks.
“That was the first practice in a long time where Daniel didn’t break off a 60- or 70-yard touchdown run, to be honest,” Riley said.
Brooks has definitely gotten lost in the shuffle with all of OU’s talented backs in the recent years. Getting opportunities this year will prove to be tough as well, but you can’t deny that what Brooks brings to the team (speed) is something that fits so well with a Riley offense.
Glaring lack of depth
At a school like OU, it seems unfathomable to see OU not really be able to go two-deep at a number of positions during the game.
Some of it was precautionary, holding guys out who weren’t 100 percent, but some of it also the fact OU is hurting with depth at a number of places.
It’s one reason why the spring game is so tough to take anything away from. When the first defensive unit was out there, it fared pretty well. Nothing too shocking. But when the second team came around, that’s when the offensive fireworks came along as well.
OUs’ 2015 class was ranked No. 14 by Scout, and it’s clear that at least a good handful number of guys are going to get their shot to make an immediate impact.
Hodgson does his job
Special teams is far from being on the radar of something like a spring game, but it was a positive sign to see Nick Hodgson nail a 47-yard field goal Saturday.
OU coach Bob Stoops has been really happy about the way Hodgson has performed all spring. OU signee Austin Seibert was in attendance Saturday and conventional wisdom says the Under Armour All-American will take over when he arrives.
But if Seibert has a little trouble adjusting to college life, it’s a great sign for OU to see someone like Hodgson step up and deliver.
Fresh start for safeties
The OU safety class coming in is supposed to be the best one in the Stoops era. But a couple of returning players want to make sure they’re not forgotten.
Thomas and Byrd, who had a lot of uneven moments in 2014, both had an interception in the spring game.
“It’s good for them. It’s good for us,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “A lot of the mistakes, big-play mistakes a year ago, had nothing to do with talent. It had more to do with assignments, responsibility, execution. We feel like we have a lot of talented players, certainly in the secondary.”