Defensive Secondary: B
A decent day for the unit most maligned last season. A blown coverage allowed a 60-yard touchdown pass early in the game, but the number of big plays was minimal. How much did that have to do with a vanilla game plan by the offense? It's difficult to say, but what the Sooner secondary saw was defended fairly well.
We only got to see one series worth of Landry Jones, but even with a heavy diet of backups Blake Bell, Drew Allen and even Kendal Thompson, the Sooner signal callers had a solid day. No interceptions. Only two sacks. Bell led the way with 179 yards on 14-of-19 passing. And consider the gusty wind whipping across Owen Field, they managed the elements well.
End Zone Paint Job: A
The standard “OKLAHOMA”s painted in each of the end zones were replaced for the Spring Game by a diamond pattern. Crimson diamonds were in the south end zone, white ones in the north. It was super cool. If the “OKLAHOMA”s weren't such a tradition, a permanent change would be in order.
Wide Receivers: C
True freshman Trey Metoyer was electric in his first appearance as a Sooner, making six catches for 72 yards. Kenny Stills and Jaz Reynolds, the presumed starters, had decent afternoons, but both had drops. That was a problem a year ago for the Sooner receivers, and to see the receivers drop four or five passes in the Spring Game isn't a good sign.
Reynolds dunked the football over the goal post after his big 60-yard touchdown reception. It drew an excessive-celebration penalty and led to a missed extra point. Under normal circumstances, Reynolds would've been strung up by his ears. But this was the Spring Game. A little fun is, well, fun.
Punt Return: D
This one is actually more of an incomplete. The Sooners didn't return a punt all day, which is understandable considering the high-speed collisions that can cause serious injuries. But instead of getting an incomplete, it gets a D grade because the Sooner returners fair caught only one punt all afternoon. The catch is one of the toughest parts of the return. To not practice it, regardless of the situation? That is crazy.
Big Boomer Barbecue: A
The first-time pre-spring-game event was a rousing success. Nearly 1,000 fans turned out, and the barbecue vendors sold out of their tasty fare. Organizers said that had the weather been good, they couldn't have handled the crowd. Next year, they're planning to make it even bigger and better.
Use of Trey Millard: A
Like Jones, Millard didn't see much playing time Saturday, but what we did see was welcome. He lined up several times as a running back and had three carries for 21 yards. That's the type of production that the Sooner run game can definitely use come next season.
Defensive line: B
The defensive front didn't get much pressure on the quarterbacks, but the line went without several key players. Casey Walker, Stacy McGee and R.J. Washington were held out of the spring game because of injuries. All three of them have a chance to be starters in the fall. Veterans David King and Jamarkus McFarland along with newcomer Jordan Phillips performed well in their absence.