Spring Football Breakdown: Oklahoma Sooners

Weston Wilson turns his attention to the Oklahoma Sooners now as a part of his spring breakdown series.

The 2011 Oklahoma Sooners saw ups and downs throughout their season.  The Sooners rode the coattails of senior wide receiver Ryan Broyles as well as a surprise former walk on running back Dominique Whaley. 

 

Despite another double-digit win season for the Sooners, they also had their fair share of upsets throughout the season.  Oklahoma lost to unranked Texas Tech, #22 Baylor and also lost to #5 Oklahoma State in the Bedlam matchup to hand the Big 12 title to the Cowboys.

 

The Sooners lost seven players to the 2012 NFL draft.   This list includes running back Ryan Broyles to the Detroit Lions as the 54th pick, offensive tackle Donald Stephenson to the Kansas City Chiefs as the 74th pick, cornerback Jamell Fleming to the Arizona Cardinals as the 80th pick, defensive end Frank Alexander to the Carolina Panthers as the 103rd pick, linebacker Ronnell Lewis to the Detroit Lions as the 125th pick, tight end James Hanna to the Dallas Cowboys as the 186th pick and lastly outside linebacker Travis Lewis to the Detroit Lions as the 223rd pick in the draft.

 

Needless to say, the Sooners lost a lot of talent on offense and defense after the 2011 season.

 

The Sooners, as usual, have a lot of returning talent even after losing seven players to the draft. 

 

Sophomore wide receiver Kenny Stills had an impressive 2011 season with 849 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.  Sophomore wide receiver Jaz Reynolds also had a good year with 715 receiving yards and five touchdowns. 

 

Junior running back Dominique Whaley is rehabbing an ankle injury this offseason after rushing for 627 yards and nine touchdowns.  Sophomore running back Roy Finch will also get his fair share of touches in 2012 after going for 605 yards and three touchdowns last year.

 

Junior quarterback Landry Jones had a good year last year with 4463 yards passing and 29 touchdowns. 

 

The Sooners 2012 recruiting class was again one of the best in the nation.  The class is headlined by junior college four star WR Courtney Gardner (Rocklin, CA), four star junior college CB Kasseim Everett (Woodland Hills, CA), four star S Derrick Woods (Inglewood, CA), five star WR Trey Metoyer (Chatham, VA) and four star RB Alex Ross (Jenks, OK).

 

It wouldn't surprise many people if the Sooners made another run at the Big 12 title in 2012.  Oklahoma has won the Big 12 in six of the last ten years.  This year should be no different in terms of having a good shot at winning the Big 12 title.

 

Big 12 season record predictions:

 

Given wins: UTEP, Florida A&M, Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas

 

Tossups: Kansas State, Texas Tech, Texas, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Texas Christian.

 

Probable Losses: None, there isn't a standout team that should be heavily favored against the Sooners in 2012. 

 

My prediction: 10-2

 


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