Biggest overall concern: Place kicking
No matter if OU head coach Bob Stoops is just trying to motivate guys or if he was really trying to find a kicker in the recent walk-on tryouts, the Sooners have serious issues at this position. Sooner Nation better hope they don't get in a close game that comes down to a field goal, and if they do, that one in this group of kickers, including Patrick O'Hara, Jimmy Stevens, Michael Hunnicuttor Bryce Easley, emerges as somewhat reliable. So far none of them have.
Most secure position: Running back
DeMarco Murray is finally fully healthy heading out of a spring, summer and fall camp into the regular season. He's clearly poised for a breakout season, while No. 2 man on the depth chart Mossis Madu is very underrated. He'll miss the first week due to a suspension because of a summer DUI but will be back and ready to roll in week two. Add inJermie Calhoun, Brennan Clay and Roy Finch (although he's out six to eight weeks) along with Jonathan Miller, and OU is stacked in the backfield.
Poor unit last year that has the most chance for upside: Wide receivers
Start off with slot man Ryan Broyles then add in freshman sensation Kenny Stills as well as Cameron Kenney, who's becoming more consistent. On top of that, previous depth chart starter Dejuan Miller is starting to progress, and then there's Brandon Caleb and freshman Joe Powell, who has earned his way onto the two-deep depth chart. The Sooners are loaded with weapons here if they just perform up to their potential.
Fall camp injury that will have the biggest impact on OU's season: Austin Box's
There are a number of injuries the Sooners are still battling. Defensive tackle Adrian Taylor, one of the biggest leaders on the defense, broke his ankle in the Sun Bowl but should be back to full strength relatively early in the year. Freshman running back Finch, who was a huge standout this August, is out six to eight weeks with a hairline fracture, and defensive end Frank Alexander is probably out until the second week with a sprained ankle. But Box's injury leaves a redshirt freshman in linebacker Tom Wort at the position, and Box could potentially be out for the year. That means Wort will have to really step up.
Unexpected youngster that most stepped up: Defensive back Aaron Colvin
Colvin, a 5-foot-11, 176 lb. freshman out of Owasso is now listed as the No. 2 field cornerback behind starter Demontre Hurst He has gathered continuous praise from Stoops and the defensive coaches, including defensive coordinator Brent Venables and defensive backs coach Willie Martinez. He's a talent that will definitely see the field and probably in some special teams situations as well.