OU spring game: What we learned

You can learn too much from a spring game, but there were some things to take away from OU's edition.

Spring practice will conclude for Oklahoma with two more sessions this week, but the spring game is in the books. Based on what we all saw Saturday, here’s what we learned from the spring game.

Quarterback battle will continue

No quarterback set himself apart from the rest of the pack Saturday. Each quarterback had their moments, but there were a lot of questionable decisions and poor throws as well.

It seemed pretty clear they were fired up playing in front of more than 42,000 fans for a spring game, and that’s one reason why Trevor Knight said explicitly Saturday was a great learning experience for all the quarterbacks as well as the team.

OU coach Bob Stoops said after the game he plans on keeping the competition going into the summer and into fall camp. Knight and Baker Mayfield seemed to have accepted that stance.

Although it feels like it will boil down to Knight and Mayfield, both Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen acquitted themselves well Saturday.

Wide receiver options galore

One of the biggest things about hiring Lincoln Riley was about the wide receiver position becoming a big factor again for the Sooners. Saturday was the first sign of what Riley is looking to do.

And it was a heck of a positive one. From Dede Westbrook to Mark Andrews to Jeffery Mead to Dallis Todd to John Humphrey, there were a number of players coming up and making some big plays.

When you take into consideration OU didn’t really use Sterling Shepard and Michiah Quick was held out, receiver could be the position that sees the biggest improvement from what happened in 2014.

Westbrook, Andrews state their case

Mead had the most catches in the spring game, but you could argue Westbrook and Andrews were the two who made the biggest impact.

Westbrook showed his natural ability to make something happen after the catch, while Andrews punctuated an incredible spring with a long reception where he dragged several tacklers yards after the catch.

Andrews seems poised to be the redshirt freshman that break out, while Westbrook is already making sure he’s going to be that immediate impact player going forward.

Depth is an issue

It’s hard to judge what was seen Saturday because there are so many missing parts that weren’t there for OU in the spring game.

Some of it is based on injuries, some of it was based on the fact the majority of the 2015 class won’t arrive until the summer, but what it did was give an unrealistic look at some of the positions for OU going forward.

Stoops was quick to point out that some of what you saw Saturday won’t resemble anything at all about what OU will show on the field in the fall.

Secondary showing signs

When talking about the 2015 class, the first thing brought up is the secondary. The safety class looks to be the best one since Stoops has been at OU, while the cornerbacks aren’t that fall behind.

They’re expected to sort of take over and replace players that are returning, but there might be some new life under first-year secondary coach Kerry Cooks.

With the meeting room being condensed into one with the entire secondary, the group as a whole looked a lot surer of themselves and not questioning each other.

New face, new energy could be just what guys like Hatari Byrd and Ahmad Thomas have been looking for in Norman.


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