The Sooner offense is in the same situation. Shepard is a good player who could be great. Knight’s potential is limitless, but that’s based on one magic night in New Orleans. OU returns some good linemen, but the Outland Trophy doesn’t seem Norman-bound.
So the glee that consumes Sooner Nation isn’t individual-based, it’s results-based, because of the way OU finished out the 2013 season. A good win in Manhattan. A great win in Stillwater. A monumental win in New Orleans.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Star power is not an automatic predictor of team success. The Sooners were great in ’01 and ’04. They cratered in 2009, thanks to injuries.
And once upon a time, OU went into a season with so little individual star power, just one Sooner made the preseason All-Big 12 team. Calmus was given that status in summer 2000. That season, the Sooners went 13-0 and won the national title. By December, nine Sooners made All-Big 12, three made All-American, Josh Heupel dang near won the Heisman Trophy and the team of no-names became a team that will never be forgotten as long as Oklahomans play with pigskins.
So go ahead. Let the optimism flow.
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