The wait for football has shrunk from months to weeks to days, and now we’re just hours away from opening of preseason camp.
Oklahoma still has plenty of positions left to be secured.
Things will likely change with each passing day before the Sooners open the season against Akron on Sept. 5 – approximately one month from now. There’s always a place to start.
Here’s a look at Oklahoma depth chart from the viewpoint of one man:
Why? There definitely isn’t as much of a gap as some may think between Mayfield and Knight. . . . It’s impossible to not discredit Knight for his struggles last year, though.
Why? Perine and Mixon are obvious choices. . . . Anderson has impressed enough to pass Ross, who likely will be focused on kick returning all season. . . . Flowers’ inclusion would be for diamond or goal line packages. He also showed an ability to catch passes last season.
Why? Enough has been said for Mead to pass Neal. . . . Westbrook on the other hand is a clear-cut choice. He’ll need to be big for Oklahoma. . . . Miller has gotten good enough reviews in the off-season to pass Todd, although that’s about as close to an even race as possible. . . . Look for Neal to serve as Westbrook’s primary back-up. Miller and Todd will fill in for Mead.
Why? Andrews is the obvious choice on the inside. Shepard, too. . . . Shepard said at Big 12 Media Days that he actually “missed” playing on the inside. He’ll do big things there. . . . Quick and Humphrey will both back up Shepard, in that order. . . . Andrews will need a breather, and it’ll be Meier who supplies it.
Offensive line -
Left tackle: Josiah St. John, Orlando Brown, Christian Daimler; Left guard: Jamal Danley, Jonathan Alvarez, Dru Samia; Center: Ty Darlington, Jonathan Alvarez, Alex Dalton; Right guard: Nila Kasitati, Alex Dalton, Cody Ford; Right tackle: Derek Farniok, Kenyon Frison, Orlando Brown.
Why? Left tackle, center and right guard are the three positions that aren’t really up for grabs. . . . The other two are an open competition of sorts, though. . . . Danley and Alvarez might be neck-and-neck for the spot at left guard and could rotate there all season. . . . Farniok is on the shakiest ground. He stays the starter until Frison is ready to play. . . . Alvarez and Dalton are the two back-ups at center. Dalton could be the starter next year, too if Alvarez overtakes Danley.
Why? You don’t bring in the No. 1 kicker in the country to have him redshirt. . . . Seibert could just punt in his first season, as Hodgson proved capable in the spring and earned a scholarship.