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?
There’s a very clear, regimented order and structure to the Oklahoma defensive tackle group. Matt Romar's ability to eat and beat double teams is something fun to watch. In an odd front, Romar is a very talented defensive tackle – one that sometimes doesn’t get the credit he deserves because of a lack of explosive athleticism or charismatic personality. Watching him play against double teams is something special.
Speaking of special, defensive tackle Marquise Overton is on a clear path to be exactly that. He’s proving to be a player that has to be on the field – even more so than when he forced his way onto the field as a freshman. Quick hips, explosive first step and the physicality of a top-flight wrestler: Overton has the potential to be the starting defensive tackle at some point this season.
What we need to know?
Gerald McCoy isn’t walking through that door, but Oklahoma isn’t lacking talent on its defensive line pivot. In fact, the Sooners defensive tackle group is probably the most talent – and proven – in the two-deep on the defensive side of the ball.
What remains to be seen has little to do with talent.
The big question revolves around how Romar and Overton will be used in order to keep both fresh. By the looks of things, it’ll be close to a 50-50 split. That’ll be good for the position.
What the coaches are saying?
“Leverage but strength and power. He’s one of the few guys that came in as a freshman and played last year. Que is really powerful, and he’s quick off the ball. He’s quicker than most guys that size. He has an ability with his size to get into people quicker than they’re used to. Que is going to have an impact this year for sure.” – Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops on Overton