Top 10 (Not Really) Offensive Players

Because of all of the injuries this year's Red/White Spring Game gave many the unique chance to not only take a look at next season's team, but the future value of the program. In this feature Michael Swisher re-caps his Top 10 (not really) offensive performances of the day.

It wasn't the greatest of days for the Oklahoma offense on Saturday at the annual Red-White Game.

However, there are a number of logical reasons for the lack of production: Several starters were out, the defense usually has an advantage in these type of contests and the Sooners are still working out the kinks in a no-huddle attack.

Those are just a few.

There were, however, a few players that stood out during the Red's 69-40 win over the White.

Sooners Illustrated would normally give you the top 10 from the game, but we're going to lump the offensive line into one for this one. So, without further ado, here is Sooners Illustrated's Top 10 (not really) offensive players from the Red-White Spring Game:

1. Mossis Madu The running back had a modest 31 rushing yards on 11 carries and although he didn't have a real "breakout play," he did show the ability to earn tough yards and break some tackles. Most impressive, though, was his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He was the day's leading receiver, hauling in six passes for 74 yards.

2. Offensive line – The starting five on the day (from left tackle to right tackle) were Phil Loadholt, Brian Simmons, Jon Cooper, Brandon Walker and Trent Williams (Note: Starting left guard Duke Robinson did not suit up while still nursing a foot injury). This unit was solid throughout the day. The defense was credited for a few sacks, but a sack was given by just touching the quarterback, so we'll cut the O-line a little slack. The run game wasn't spectacular, but it did produce some yards, which isn't bad considering your top two backs didn't suit up. In all, it was a great day for the O-line, especially when you consider it went up against a defensive front we feel is pretty good as well.

3. Matt Clapp We said he's going to be a factor next fall and he gave us good reason to feel good about that claim. He did a steady job blocking and was on the field during some of the day's more exciting plays (TD pass to Gresham and reverse to Iglesias) in the Sooners' "heavy" formation. He also proved worthy with the ball in his hands, picking up 49 rushing yards and also catching an eight-yard TD pass.

4. Sam Bradford
Yes, he threw three interceptions, but we're not willing to put all the blame on him for all three. Despite the picks, Bradford settled into a rhythm as the scrimmage progressed. He ended up 12-of-25 for 191 yards. It didn't appear he had any problems getting the team set up in the no-huddle, which is a good sign considering how little it's been worked on.

5. Jermaine Gresham The tight end is a freak as he proved by his ability to get behind the defense for his 51-yard TD reception from Bradford. Even when not catching the ball, he was an asset, either as a blocker or providing mismatches with his ability to line up all over the field. Big year ahead for this young man.

6. Jimmy Stevens The kicker position is a huge question mark and Stevens made some great strides on Saturday. He was perfect on the day, making all four extra-points and nailing field goals of 39, 20 and 27 yards. His kickoffs still leave a little to be desired, but we'll take that kind of production between the goal posts.

7. Juaquin Iglesias
It wasn't a banner day for receivers, but Iglesias did stand out as Bradford's go-to guy. Though he caught only two passes, they covered 28 yards and were both for first downs. You could tell that Bradford is comfortable throwing him the ball. Also ran a reverse for 27 yards and a kickoff return for 27 more.

8. Donald Stephenson We'll give some love to the second-team OL as well, especially Stephenson, who lined up at left tackle. Stephenson showed signs that the Sooners have some depth on hand and really impressed our man Greg Powers with his ability.


 

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