Lost in the shuffle of Oklahoma recruiting with SoonerSquad17 and with the OU basketball team making it to the Final Four, there has been spring football for the Sooners.
Completely under the radar, spring ball takes the spotlight this weekend with the annual Red-White spring game.
There are a lot of questions to be asked about the Sooners heading into 2016 so Sooners Illustrated is posing something a little bit different.
When the spring game is over, among these five choices, who will we be talking about more. It’s “take your pick,” spring game edition.
Take your pick: Austin Kendall or Kyler Murray?
Obviously Baker Mayfield is the guy for the Sooners this season. But after Saturday, are fans believing the future is Kendall or Murray? Kendall has been getting rave reviews as a true freshman, especially with his ability to take care of the football. Murray will be given his chance to shine and see what his athletic ability is able to allow him to do. Quarterback is going to be jammed in a hurry with Chris Robison entering next year as well. Who will have the leg up heading into the offseason, Kendall or Murray?
Take your pick: Dakota Austin or P.J. Mbanasor?
We all know one cornerback spot is locked down with Jordan Thomas, but the second one is wide open. Thomas actually hasn’t participated in either scrimmage so Austin and Mbanasor were both getting the starting nods. That won’t be the case. Austin has the competitive spirit you want from a cornerback, while Mbanasor has all the physical tools and measurables you want from a cornerback. With each practice, you hear more and more good things regarding Mbanasor. Austin, though, has shown before he’s not simply going to go away.
Take your pick: Dahu Green or A.D. Miller?
Wide receiver is there for the taking for anybody who wants to be great enough to take it. Two guys to watch are sophomore receivers in Green and Miller. Green had an outstanding first scrimmage, while reports said Miller had his best moment last weekend. They’re both big. They’re both fast enough. They both have good hands. They both got their feet wet last year and now it’s time to see if they’re going to leapfrog some of the other guys on the roster or if they’re still just a step below where they need to be. They can be explosive. Will they be consistent?
Take your pick: Cody Ford or Jamal Danley or Ben Powers or Ashton Julious?
Easy one here. What’s going to happen with the interior line. Who is going to line up next Jonathan Alvarez at center? Junior college transfers Ben Powers and Ashton Julious seem like guys who were meant for this spot, but Jamal Danley has made a lot of strides since being fully healthy recovered from two concussions last season. The dark horse is definitely Ford. A redshirt freshman, OU was very excited about what Ford brought to the table for the 2015 class. OU hasn’t been afraid to lean on younger guys before so there’s no way to handicap this one just yet.
Take your pick: Ricky DeBerry or Ogbonnia “Obo” Okoronkwo?
It’s not fair to say these two are the only choices to replace guys like Eric Striker and Devante Bond. But they’re guys OU fans have heard a lot about. Okorokwo is not going to be a redshirt junior, and he seems to have a clear understanding his days of being a goof are in the past. DeBerry, a five-star prospect for the 2015 class, is eager to show exactly why he was highly touted coming out of high school. Linebacker has been a mess this spring with lack of depth and injuries but a banner spring game could propel one of these guys going forward.null