Oklahoma is preparing for the college football playoff, but some things don’t change. When it comes to bowl games, the first part is usually a glimpse into the future.
The most obvious example was everyone gushing about Trevor Knight leading up to the 2012 Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M. The players knew he was about to make a splash, which he did the following year.
This year it’s tough to see that type of impact on offense as OU has not been afraid to use young guys like wide receivers A.D. Miller and Dahu Green and of course offensive tackle Dru Samia.
But defense is another story. This is a defense that was so loaded that guys like Ricky DeBerry and Neville Gallimore, both ranked in the top 100 last year, have been redshirt guys.
And you know what? They’re not going to be alone next year in making a mark.
“Neville (Gallimore) and (Du’Vonta) Lampkin are both freak shows,” senior center Ty Darlington said. “Neville is as talented as a dude that I’ve played against, period. He can move like a skill guy. He can move around really well. He’s extremely strong and explosive. If he gets it, he’s going to be special.
“Du’Vonta Lampkin has only been here since the beginning of the season and he’s even improved tremendously and he’s about as good of a specimen that you can ask for. He is huge and he is very, very strong and athletic for his size.
“Those two guys ... good luck. I’m glad I’m out of here. I don’t have to block those guys once they get it.”
Lampkin, Gallimore, DeBerry, linebacker Arthur McGinnis – it’s safe to say the defense is looking very bright for OU going forward.
And offense, yea, there is one guy starting to emerge as well.
“John Humphrey is definitely doing a lot,” receiver Jarvis Baxter said. “We don’t have a lot of young guys in terms of receiver, but he has put in a lot of work.”
Humphrey most notably was used on scout team as Corey Coleman for OU’s preparation against Baylor, something Jordan Thomas said was a huge help in getting ready for the Bears and the Biletnikoff Award winner.