Down to just days until the season opener, and as is usually the custom, Oklahoma will release its official two-deep depth chart Monday.
Before that happens, here’s one last guess at what it might look like:
Why?Romar’s hold on the starting spot might just be in name alone. Could be a heavy rotation with all three playing. Overton has definitely shown he’s ready for action.
Why? Defensive line coach Diron Reynolds said Tapper is the only known starter on the line. Walker and Dimon will probably play the hybrid (inside/outside) position with Ward as Tapper’s primary back-up.
Why? Looks clear to me that Evans is the top linebacker in the rotation. Alexander starts in front of Shannon for the time being – for the season opener at the very least. It’s a strong group but could have Alexander or Shannon opposite Evans. Bolton and Evans will see time – not just in mop-up duty.
Why? This will be the most fluid position of any on defense. Each can play on the line as pass rushers, but Bond might be the favorite to stay standing up in four-man defensive fronts. DeBerry is still ways away – might be ready by Kansas State.
Why?Pretty self-explanatory here. Sanchez and Thomas are the clear starters. I think Mbanasor has played well enough to pass all the returners.
Why? Basically, Parker and no one else.
Steven Parker, Hatari Byrd, Kahlil Haughton
Why? In four-DB sets, Parker will play strong safety. Byrd rotates in when Parker plays nickel back. Although, Haughton could knock Byrd off by the Big 12 season.
Why? Thomas is pretty much the starter all year here. Can’t have two true freshmen on the back end.
Why?Don’t want the true freshman to have to do too much. Seibert will punt and kick next year.