Take 3: OU's depth chart in focus

OU's depth chart is cleared up following Bob Stoops' press conference.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops has a weekly press conference every Monday afternoon of the football season.

Sooners Illustrated is there each and every week and brings you the three biggest developments from the event.

Game 1: vs. Akron

Take 1: Offensive line is set

A lot of the focus at this week’s press conference dealt with OU’s depth chart. A lot of unanswered questions heading into the day were answered by Stoops.

One of the bigger ones was the offensive line. The Sooners have their five when the Zips roll into town this weekend.

Everybody knew Ty Darlington was going to start at center and Nila Kasitati at guard. The other three spots were up for grabs and certain players took the opportunity to earn the job.

Redshirt freshman Orlando Brown is going to be the starting left tackle for OU, while senior Josiah St. John is set to be the starter on the right side.

Another pleasant surprise for the Sooners has been the emergence of sophomore Jonathan Alvarez, who will be the other starting guard.

Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh stressed how no job was safe and just because you’re older didn’t mean you were necessarily better. This group of five is a great example of his thinking.

Take 2: Freshmen seeing playing time

The goal for every freshman is to play right away, but that’s obviously just not the case for a lot of them. Stoops announced Monday who are the true freshmen who will see playing time.

Offensively, it’s running back Rodney Anderson, wide receivers Dahu Green and Adrian Miller and offensive tackle Dru Samia.

Defensively, it’s linebacker Ricky DeBerry, defensive tackle Marquise Overton and a quartet in the secondary with Kahlil Haughton, P.J. Mbanasor, Will Sunderland and Prentice McKinney.

Stoops also announced kicker Austin Seibert has put in the work to be named the starting field goal kicker and punter. Nick Hodgson remains the kickoff specialist for OU.

Take 3: OU will be guarded this weekend

It’s a new offensive system so a good question fans have been wondering about is how much will the Sooners show this weekend?

The answer appears to be whatever is necessary. Stoops said the staff will be a little guarded in what it shows, hoping to save some wrinkles for later in the season.

This was always referred to as “saving for Texas,” but with OU playing at Tennessee next weekend, likely to see some tricks come out of the bag next weekend as well.


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