OU football and basketball beat writer Jake Trotter answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here.
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On whether QB Drew Allen could adequately replace Landry Jones in an emergency:
Big dropoff. Landry is one of the five best QBs in the country. Allen has never played a meaningful snap. Most teams see a dropoff when their backup goes on the field.
On the other Top 5 quarterbacks in the nation:
Brandon Weeden, Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley, Terrelle Pryor... that's off the top of my head (oops, forgot about Kellen Moore).
On whether the offensive line is a cause for concern for the Sooners:
Here's the deal with the line. If you don't have a bunch of high draft picks, the next best thing is experience. OU doesn't have a bunch of high draft picks, but this line does experience. 81 career starts, if you count Jarvis Jones (67 if you don't). I think that experience helps make this unit better.
On walk-on running back Dominique Whaley:
Spring game superstar. I'm not buying he makes the rotation until I actually see him get on the field in a game. Remember, Whaley had a big performance in the 2010 spring game, then never got a carry in the fall.
On the impact of the early season matchup with Florida State:
Big game. GameDay will be there. But yes, if Sooners lose, they will still be in the nat'l title picture. Just no margin for error after that.
Chat Recap: Jake Trotter