'09 Offensive Players to Watch

With just less than eight weeks to go before the season opener against BYU and just more than three weeks until players report for the start of fall practice, it's time to start spotting some things to look for.

The first is the 2009 offensive players to watch for.

Here are the top three players to keep an eye on this season when the Sooners have the ball.

3. Senior left tackle Trent Williams:
Ever since OU's 24-14 loss to Florida in the BCS National Championship, the offensive line has been the focus of attention. The Sooners lost four of their five starters on the line from the 2008-09 team. And Williams is the only returning starter from the group. He has a number of roles to carry out that he didn't have a season ago. He's a senior and must provide the boost when the group is fatigued at the end of the game. More importantly than that, he has moved from the right side to the left side of the line this year. So, will he be able to protect quarterback Sam Bradford's blind side, and will he be able to provide the moral boost when the line is tired late in the game? Those are questions Williams will answer when the Sooners open the season.

2. Junior quarterback Sam Bradford:
Everyone knows the numbers and the results he put up a season ago, so he's an obvious player to keep an eye on. Will Bradford be able to throw for the 4,720 yards, 50 touchdowns and low of eight interceptions that he did a year ago? Will he be able to repeat as the winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy, and most importantly, will Bradford manage to lead the Sooners to yet another Big 12 Championship and possible berth in the National Championship game? He proved capable of all these things last season and needs to be on top of his game in order to do it again.

1. Junior running back Mossis Madu:
He's obviously not the best player on the team, but he's the most intriguing player to keep an eye on because he's switching from working solely in the backfield to playing in the slot position. It will be interesting to see how Madu works in the position. Currently, he is listed as the second wide receiver on the depth chart next to sophomore Ryan Broyles. Expect Madu to add another dimension to his game from the slot position.


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