Three things to know about the OU spring game: Another dominant defense?

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, Published: April 17, 2010
Three things to know
Three things Jake Trotter thinks about OU football heading into today’s spring game.

→Even without Gerald McCoy, the defense has all the tools to be dominant once again: Replacing a player the caliber of McCoy is impossible, but the Sooners have enough pieces left to form another top-notch defense. End Jeremy Beal and linebacker Travis Lewis should be two of the top players nationally at their positions; Quinton Carter and Jonathan Nelson could become one of the top safety duos in the country; young linebacker Ronnell Lewis is a budding star.

→Receiver should be a position of strength: Sure, last season they had their ups and downs, with plenty of drops. But late in the season, the receivers turned a corner, notably Dejuan Miller and Jaz Reynolds. Both players are back to complement All-America candidate Ryan Broyles in the slot. Veteran Brandon Caleb is also capable, and true freshman Kenny Stills has been electric this spring.

→The offensive line still has a ways to go: The line seems to have better leadership and a better work ethic, but until they prove it on the field, it’s hard to buy all their problems are solved; especially considering the unit is still dealing with replacing its three best players from last season in Trent Williams, Brian Simmons and Brody Eldridge.

→When: 2 p.m. today

→Where: Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

→Radio: 1520 AM

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