OU football Insider: Catching up with the Class of 2009

By Jake Trotter Published: February 8, 2010
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NORMAN — The ink is dry on the 2010 signing class, but the majority of the class won’t arrive on campus until the summer.

OU’s 2009 recruiting class, however, has been in Norman for almost a year now. The Oklahoman analyzes that group after one season:

QB Drew Allen: After redshirting last season, Allen will probably back up Landry Jones, while incoming freshman Blake Bell redshirts and learns the offense. In 2011, Allen and Bell will duke it out to become Jones’ No. 2 and heir apparent.

→RB Jonathan Miller: It will be interesting to see how quickly he returns coming off surgery to repair a cartilage injury in his knee. The Sooners might be tempted to redshirt him next season and bring him back slowly, especially with other backs like Jermie Calhoun, Roy Finch and Brennan Clay available to spell DeMarco Murray.

→FB Marshall Musil: With Matt Clapp graduated, Musil will take on Brandon Crow for the starting fullback spot, though both could still play. Musil is more of an H-back capable of catching the ball out of the backfield, while Crow is strictly a blocking fullback who, like this past season, will see the field in short-yardage situations.

→WR Cameron Kenney: With six catches, 72 yards and a TD, the junior-college transfer played well in a loss at Miami. But drops eventually dropped Kenney out of the rotation. With Dejuan Miller, Jaz Reynolds, Ryan Broyles and Brandon Caleb firmly entrenched at receiver, playing time might be hard to come by for Kenney.

→WR Jaz Reynolds: He made the most of his increased playing time late in the season, coming up with a pair of third-down grabs for first downs in the Sun Bowl. He could start the season opener, but he’ll be no lower than OU’s fourth receiver, as long as he continues to progress.

→TE Gabe Ikard: Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson likes his potential, and there is an opportunity for him to win playing time at tight end, even though the Sooners are saturated with bodies at the position in Trent Ratterree, James Hanna, Lane Johnson and incoming freshmen Austin Haywood and Trey Millard.

TE Lane Johnson: The junior-college transfer was the last addition to the class. Johnson, a converted QB, is still learning the position; but at 6-foot-7, 252 pounds, he has the tools to become an impact player once he gets more comfortable.

→OT Josh Aladenoye: Spent last season redshirting amd reworking his body. He could add depth, but doesn’t appear ready to play yet.

→OT Jeff Vinson: After dealing with various injuries and no playing time, Vinson decided to leave the program.

→OG Tyler Evans: Started a couple games during the non-conference, then disappeared for most of the season while dealing with a nagging sprained ankle.