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The Oklahoman's OU football writer Jason Kersey took questions from readers in his Power Lunch Chat today. Here's a recap of today's Q&A.
by Jason Kersey Modified: November 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm •  Published: November 14, 2012

The Oklahoman's OU football writer Jason Kersey took questions from readers in his Power Lunch Chat today. You can join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on Here's a recap of today's Q&A:

How do you think OU's defense will do against the very athletic West Virginia offense? My gut feeling is West Virginia will try to do the same thing Baylor did trying to exploit the secondary on play-action, however, West Virginia has better athletes to execute which worries me.

I think OU's defense will be able to slow West Virginia down enough to win, but I still think the Mountaineers will score points. They might try some of the same things as Baylor, but West Virginia doesn't have the same ability in the run game that Baylor does, so that might not work quite as well.

Anything could happen in Morgantown. Do you think OU will lose?

Anything could happen indeed. I think it's extremely unlikely that WV would beat OU, but the Mountaineer offense is certainly still capable of scoring points. This is the kind of game that could make WV's entire season, so they've got a lot to play for.

Are there any difference-makers at defensive tackle available from the juco ranks? If so, is OU in the running for them? I think OU's defense could really benefit from more playmaking at the linebacker position. I think Wort and Nelson have probably reached their ceiling. Besides possibly Frank Shannon, are there any difference-makers on the depth chart (or on the recruiting radar) that might someday be a real star?

Right now OU doesn't have any DT commits, juco or not, but there are some DTs the Sooners are targeting. One that gets a lot of attention is Justin Manning, DeMarcus Granger's little brother. I agree about needing better play from the linebackers. I think Corey Nelson's ceiling is still higher than he's reached, and I really think Frank Shannon could wind up being special. Aaron Franklin is another guy that has good potential.

Also, coaches are high on true freshman LB Eric Striker.

Has Geno Grissom moved back to DE permanently? Besides Chuka, who will be in the DE rotation next season?

Yes, Grissom is, for all intents and purposes, a DE again. Chuka, Grissom, Michael Onuoha, Charles Tapper, Rashod Favors, PL Lindley and Chaz Nelson are all guys who will compete for PT at defensive end.

Why the sudden decrease in playing time for Dom Whaley? Is it a lack of recovery, the improvement of Brennan Clay, the emergence of Damian Williams, or something else?

From what I'm hearing, Whaley just hasn't been the same since coming back from his ankle injury. They're saying he's healthy, but I think his ankle is still a lingering issue. But I don't think it's anything Sooner fans should be too worried about, in all honesty, because Clay and Williams are playing well right now.

It looks like OU is losing its run game. Your thoughts?

I don't think it seems like OU is losing its run game at all. Damien Williams is playing well, as is Brennan Clay.

OU is really missing the tight end position. Any chance they bring that position back next year?

Trey Millard has really been the Sooners' best "tight end" when they've really needed one, but I still really think Brannon Green has potential to be a solid contributor. He's shown some playmaking ability in limited action. I also think Taylor McNamara has a lot of potential; he's just got to get healthy.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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