With spring in the books for Oklahoma, you start to get a better feel of what the Sooners are going to look like for the 2016 season.
The good and the bad. Keeping that in mind, Sooners Illustrated is going back to the 2016 class and seeing how realistic it is for this group to make an impact on the field for the Sooners in the fall based off what we saw in Norman during the spring.
Signed: Austin Kendall
Impact: Uh duh. A major one. There is nobody else in the 2016 class that will compare to what Kendall means to OU this season. Primed to be the backup quarterback to Baker Mayfield, Kendall carried himself well in his first few months on campus. His biggest asset on the field is his accuracy, which is something so crucial with this offense. His biggest asset off the field is his even-keel demeanor. All ‘n all, it feels like Lincoln Riley and OU got this one right.
Signed: Abdul Adams
Impact: Not likely. You saw how jammed the running back situation was in the spring and that doesn’t even take into consideration a healthy Samaje Perine coming back for his junior season. Joe Mixon is only a year smarter and more integrated into the offense. Daniel Brooks remains a great change of pace back, and there might be a star on the horizon with Rodney Anderson. The key will be health. Perine and Anderson have both shown they can be injured so Adams will be ready to roll if his name is called. But if this quartet is good to go, redshirt year seems likely.
Signed: Adrian Hardy, Mykel Jones, Zach Farrar
Impact: Good question. What remains to be seen is if any of this trio can set themselves apart from what’s already on campus? Or are they just like the group that is already on campus? There is an absolute logjam at receiver right now. You figure some sort of attrition is going to occur or names will get lost in the shuffle like last week with John Humphrey. Be on the watch for Jones as a signing day steal could become one of those names to remember going forward.
Signed: Ben Powers, Ashton Julious, Logan Roberson, JohnCarlo Valentin, Erik Swenson
Impact: Definitely but to varying degrees. Powers could be in the running for a starting spot at offensive guard, while Roberson seems primed to be the backup center for Jonathan Alvarez. Julious had a quality spring that indicates he’s not too far off, either. The question with Valentin will be qualifying as OU has put its faith in him getting the job done. Swenson seems poised for a redshirt year, which is fine when you have guys like Dru Samia, Orlando Brown, Bobby Evans and Christian Daimler, to name a few. Heck, Swenson even admitted he wanted a redshirt year so he should take it in stride.