Spring is finally over for the Oklahoma Sooners. It’s time to look toward preseason camp and the 2016 season. But first, we’ve got to look back in order to look forward.
Oklahoma capped its spring practice season with the Red-White game, showcasing a handful of good and a handful of bad as well.
Over the next week, Sooners Illustrated will break down each position. We’ll see what we’ve learned and what we still need to find out. We’ll cap it with a post-spring depth chart prediction.
Here it goes.
What we know?
It’s pretty cut and dry here. Orlando Brown is the starter at left tackle – and will be for as long as his career lasts, which hopefully for Oklahoma is another three years. Dru Samia is the starter on the right side, and he is likely to take another step in his development in his first full summer with strength and conditioning coach Jerry Schmidt.
Outside of those two proven facts, there’s not much else that needs to be known. Oklahoma looks pretty good on the outside of its offensive line.
What we need to know?
Unless they want to make a change to the offensive line. If the Sooners stand-pat and leave Samia and Brown on the outside, Sooners’ fans will want to see some improvement from Brown and Samia, who went from true freshman to possible four-year starter on the offensive line.
Now, if Oklahoma moves Samia inside to guard, the question is if Christian Daimler – or Bobby Evans – is ready to start at right tackle. Daimler looked decent in the spring game, but Evans looked great at left tackle.
There’s a decision to be made, and it all revolves around Oklahoma’s starting right guard.
What the coaches are saying?
“There’s still a lot, especially when you’ve got a strength coach like we do, that’s gonna happen this summer as we go into camp. We’re certainly further ahead. I’m really happy that that B group if further ahead because there’s gonna be some good competition come camp.” – Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley