Shortly after the Sooners finished off a 41-13 Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M, questions almost immediately turned toward next season.
Fullback Trey Millard had entertained the possibility of leaving after his junior season to enter the NFL Draft but said afterward that he would return for his senior season.
Millard had four carries for 28 yards and caught one pass in the loss.
Receiver Kenny Stills, safety Tony Jefferson and cornerback Aaron Colvin are among other players who could leave early.
SHEAD BANGED UP
Sooners left guard Adam Shead left the Cotton Bowl in the second quarter after aggravating an injury that he suffered late in the season.
Shead returned to start the second half but left again late in the third quarter. He returned again in the fourth.
Shead's departure, on the final OU drive of the first half, forced center Gabe Ikard to shift to guard and freshman Ty Darlington moved in at center.
The Sooners got good protection on the drive, though, as Landry Jones engineered a 13-play touchdown drive that was capped by a 6-yard touchdown pass to Justin Brown.
It wasn't the first time the Sooners had to deploy that shift this season.
In the regular-season finale against TCU, Shead also left with injury.
“It wasn't a big deal tonight,” Ikard said. “I knew my assignments well. We just didn't execute well enough in the third quarter.”
SOONERS NEED DEFENSIVE REINFORCEMENTS
After a promising start for the defense in their first season under Mike Stoops, OU struggled on defense to end the season.
Oklahoma gave up 34 or more points for the fourth time in five games to end the season and 41 or more points for the third time in four games.
Stoops said the personnel must get better on that side of the ball.
“They're a hard matchup for teams that don't have extraordinary personnel on defense,” Stoops said of A&M. “We got exposed today.”
The Sooners have 11 defensive commitments so far for the 2013 class, including defensive tackles Quincy Russell and Kerrick Huggins.
Russell is a junior college player who has already signed and might be able to step in quickly. Huggins recently switched his commitment from Texas A&M.
OU has two linebackers on board for the 2013 recruiting class — Dallas Jesuit's Jordan Mastrogiovanni and Norman North's Jordan Evans.
THE LONG ROAD
Oklahoma didn't do things very quickly in the first half.
The Sooners' three scoring drives — a touchdown and a pair of field goals — averaged more than 15 plays and longer than 6:05.
The second field-goal drive, which stretched over the first and second quarters, lasted 18 plays and 7:34.
The drive was the longest in both plays and time for the Sooners this season and was the longest drive in Cotton Bowl history which ended in a field goal.
AGGIES JUMP OUT QUICKLY
After winning the coin toss and deciding to take the ball, Texas A&M needed less than three minutes to take the lead.
For the Aggies, it was the 18th consecutive game scoring first.
The last time Texas A&M's opponent scored first was Oct. 29, 2011 at Missouri when the Tigers scored a first-quarter touchdown and went on to beat A&M 38-31 in overtime.
Texas A&M hadn't given up any first-quarter points since Oct. 6 against Ole Miss.
Including Friday's game, the Aggies outscored their opponents 120-3 in the first quarter over their final eight games.
Kenny Stills moved into third in OU history in receptions with 203. Only Ryan Broyles (349) and Mark Clayton (221) have more career receptions. ... Broyles was among the former Sooners on the sidelines for the game. Tony Casillas and Kelly Gregg were also at the game. ... Texas A&M true freshman Julien Obioha did not suit out for the game due to injury. ...