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?
The kicking game is about as clear as it gets. Austin Seibert will serve as the place kicker, punter and kick-off specialist. He held up all right in his first season at Oklahoma, serving as the Sooners’ punter and kicker. Nobody forgets that little slump, but he seemed to figure it out at the end of the season. Adding kick-offs will be another test of his endurance. Jack Steed will be a solid back-up, but he’ll remain just that. Alex Ross will be back returning kicks, but his fate will be decided by just how much his blocking has improved.
What we need to know?
For two years, Ross’ partner in kick-off return had been Durron Neal. That’ll change, and it’s possible that Joe Mixon takes that spot. Mixon should get some run at punt returner, but we saw John Humphrey Jr. and Michiah Quick returning punts in the spring game as well. Dede Westbrook could still get a shot back there. The coverage and blocking units will be far more important than who is returning kicks/punts for Oklahoma, though.
What the coaches are saying?
“I think Austin — even though it was hard to gauge in the windy conditions — all spring he’s been much more consistent than he was a year ago. Of course, back then he’d just gotten here. He’s a guy that I think will be stronger this year.” – Oklahoma coach Bob Stoopsnull