Oklahoma opens spring practice on March 5 with the annual Red-White game set for April 9.
The Sooners will also hold pro day on March 9 for all departing players. But there are questions abound regarding the Sooners’ outlook for next year. Even coming off an 11-2 season, the Big 12 championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff, the Sooners still have holes that need to be filled.
Over the next week, Sooners Illustrated’s Justin Hite and Bob Przybylo take a look at five major questions surrounding Oklahoma. Here’s one of those most pressing questions:
What kind of impact will Calvin Thibodeaux make?
Another year, another defensive line coach for the guys to adjust to in terms of coaching style, personality and everything else.
Thibodeaux, of course, though understands 100 percent what is expected of him and what is expected of the defensive line at Oklahoma. He’s been there. He knows.
Now the question will be can he teach it? Coaching at Tulsa and Kansas is one thing where you’re getting your feet wet and perfecting your craft, but coaching at OU means you have to hit the ground running in a major way.
There’s no one-year grace period to figure everything out. Thibodeaux has to be ready to develop a great stockpile of talent right now and be able to reach out with the 2017 kids and help OU start to develop a monster defensive line class on the recruiting trail.
Diron Reynolds was calm and knew 100 percent what he was doing. That style worked for him. What will the Sooners get from Thibodeaux? What kind of approach is he bringing to the table?
There might not be a better collection of talent at OU than at defensive line, but at the same time the most inexperienced collection of talent. It’s up to Thibodeaux to make those pieces come together and figure it all out.