→Will the Sooners’ revamped offensive line hold up?
Brigham Young won’t be a major test, but the Cougars will provide more meaningful feedback than a team like Chattanooga. Center Ben Habern’s preseason injury caused a shakeup at center, and nearly every member of the line played out of their natural position at some point during fall camp. That’s a good thing. According to at least a few linemen, the shuffling gave them a better understanding of other positions, which should benefit the line’s chemistry, a by-product of the experience the line lacks. Lining up against one of the best defensive lines in college football every day for a month will make games seem simple.
→What newcomers will emerge as contributors?
For the defense, freshman defensive back Demontre Hurst has impressed everyone in camp with his play. He’ll most likely be the Sooners’ third cornerback. Fellow freshman Marcus Trice will also get time at safety and cornerback.
On offense, juco transfer Cameron Kenney will play in a competitive receiving corps, and will also be called upon to execute a rugby-style punt if the situation calls for it.
→Who is Sam Bradford going to throw to?
The Sooners’ receiving corps lost almost as much as the offensive line. Juaquin Igelsias is gone, along with Manuel Johnson. Quentin Chaney, who caught 29 passes in 2008, is, too. But Bradford’s undisputable No. 1 option in 2009 is tight end Jermaine Gresham.