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 exit of Dominique Alexander came as a surprise to most, forcing Oklahoma to go to its young back-ups a year early. More specifically, it seems like Tay Evans will have that chance. Curtis Bolton could have a chance as well, but neither has made such big strides that they are far-and-away the starter opposite Jordan Evans.
Both Bolton and Tay Evans had seven tackles in the Red-White game, but a handful of those were touch-tackles.
Most of what we knew about Oklahoma inside linebackers is Jordan Evans, who played sparingly in the Red-White game. Every year, he has taken his game to another level. This year will need to be the biggest jump of them all.
Everything says that he’ll be ready as a player. Whether or not he’s the leader that Oklahoma needs at middle linebacker is the bigger question.
What we need to know?
If Oklahoma goes with a 3-3-5 scheme, then the big question becomes: What can Tay Evans provide? It’ll have to be a big contribution – along the lines of a 80-plus tackle season, like the ones Alexander made habit in three seasons as a starter.
But there are questions around Jordan Evans as well.
Despite looking bigger and still maintain his sideline-to-sideline speed, there’s uncertainty as to whether he’s ready to be the man inside. He’s been the sidekick to Alexander for a couple seasons, and while all signs point to him being ready that still needs to be proven.
Will the Evans and Evans show in the middle of Oklahoma’s defense be a horror movie or a rousing success?
What the coaches are saying?
“It was good having Jordan in there for the first quarter and seeing as that’s schematically how we’d line up in the first game. I’m sure there’s a good possibility that we’d line up that way.” – Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said of the 3-3-5 defensive scheme.