Spring Game: The Negatives

Previously, Sooners Illustrated provided you with the three positives to take from the Red-White game, but now here are a couple of negatives or things to be most concerned about.

1. Injury to Stephen Good/state of the offensive line—Will the injuries from last season on the offensive line carry over into more misfortune in 2010? Probably not, but Good became the first victim last weekend when he suffered an ankle sprain. However, OU head coach Bob Stoops said after the Spring Game that it was only a minor sprain. With that said, the Sooners still had some issues on Saturday with their protection schemes. They missed some blocks and allowed a few "sacks," which were unofficial because of the rule of quarterbacks not being able to get hit. Overall, though, it wasn't terrible. If you're an optimist, focusing on all the experience these guys got last year with the many injuries should be enough to justify that it will be a better year for the O-line.

2. Special teams may still be a work in progress—There were a couple glaring mistakes. Place-kicker Patrick O'Hara, who figures to be the starter after coming in for Jimmy Stevens throughout his struggles in the middle of last year, missed on a pair of 43 yard field goals. And kick returner Mossis Madu muffed one that led to a score for the White Team. Stevens did manage to make three field goals, though.

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