OU 11 - Offense: No. 9

Sometimes special teams are special, but big guards are always of big importance

Football season is almost here. And SoonersIlustrated.com is eager to get you ready for what could be a memorable 2014 season.

During the next two weeks, Bob Przybylo and Justin Hite are going to reveal their top 11 players on offense and defense and how those players will impact what happens on the field this fall. Let the countdown and debates begin.


No. 9

Bob Przybylo: Kicker Michael Hunnicutt. Kickers are people, too. And we all know how dynamite Hunnicutt, excuse me, Moneycutt was last season for the Sooners.

The stats speak for themselves. One catch, one touchdown in Bedlam. Seriously, though, nobody batted an eye when Hunnicutt was asked to make a big kick. He was a stunning 24 of 27 on his field goal attempts, making 89 percent of his kicks.

You want that security blanket, and OU seems to have it in the Lou Groza Award watch list member. But for as good as he was as a junior, he needs to keep that motivation and drive as a senior.

One of the more puzzling things is the tale of Trey DiCarlo. Back in 2003, he was electric at 19 of 22 on his field goal attempts. Expected more of the same in 2004, but he was a meager, disappointing 8 of 16.

OU cannot afford for Honeycutt to drop off if it’s going to accomplish its lofty goals for 2014.

Justin Hite: Guard Dionte Savage. Savage is the first of many offensive lineman on this list for me, and if the Sooners are going to challenge for the national title, it’ll have to be with one of the more dominant offensive lines in the country.

Savage is a mauler at guard and a veteran – with experience at the junior college level.

Under coach Bill Bedenbaugh, Savage could transform into one of the top interior linemen in the conference. He has progressed a lot since the Sugar Bowl.

He’s 6-foot-3, 343 pounds! Imagine that pulling across the line of scrimmage. It doesn’t matter who’s running behind him, the hole should be big enough. Especially with the running back situation in confusion – or by committee – strong guard play will be vital for the Sooners.

For Savage specifically, he transitioned quickly after time at Arizona Western Community College. Whether that transition continues during fall practice will make a big difference.

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