It’s about that time again. Expectations are high. Questions abound. Yep, it’s time for Oklahoma spring football.
The Sooners, coming off an 11-2 season where they won the Big 12 championship and the Sugar Bowl, will no doubt be expected to be in the national championship and playoff hunt once again.
The calendar turns to March. The page officially turns to 2017, and although things look rosy for OU, there are still plenty of unanswered questions going forward.
What are those? That’s where Sooners Illustrated comes in. We’ll take a look at one pressing question each day leading up to OU starting spring practice March 21. The spring game is April 8.
Sooners Illustrated’s 17 questions for spring 2017
#BallOutBoyz are coming, last stand for Dahu Green and/or A.D. Miller?
This is what happens with elite schools. The competition never ever stops. It feels like just yesterday OU fans were excited about the additions of Green and Miller as last-minute steals for the 2015 class.
They’re about to be juniors now and the jury is still out on just how big of an impact they’re going to make as receivers in Norman.
One thing we know is they’re not going to get a grace period to figure it out. With Scout 300 receivers Charleston Rambo and CeeDee Lamb arriving in the summer, this is the spring where Green and Miller have to make their move.
Miller fought his way into the starting lineup during the early portion of 2016 before inconsistency forced Dennis Simmons to give Dahu Green a chance.
Green had a shining moment vs. Texas in making his initial catch of his career on a long completion from Baker Mayfield in a pressure moment. But his inconsistency led to Jeffery Mead getting a second go-around.
This time? Mead took full advantage. Mead did everything that was asked of him during the latter half of the season and could emerge as OU’s No. 1 target for the 2017 season.
Green and Miller don’t want to get left behind, but Lamb and Rambo are going to be as hungry as they come and as highly touted as they come as high school receivers to arrive at OU.
You hate to say it’s their last chance, but Green and Miller must make those strides in the spring or special teams might end up being their only calling as juniors.