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Projected Oklahoma depth chart (Offense): Quarterback spot will be Blake Bell’s to lose

by Jason Kersey Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm •  Published: February 21, 2013
Blake Bell is still the favorite to win Oklahoma's starting quarterback job for 2013, but Kendal Thompson and Trevor Knight are making strong pushes, too. AP PHOTO
Blake Bell is still the favorite to win Oklahoma's starting quarterback job for 2013, but Kendal Thompson and Trevor Knight are making strong pushes, too. AP PHOTO

NORMAN — With Oklahoma’s spring football practices beginning Wednesday, March 6 — less than two weeks from today — here’s my stab at projecting Oklahoma’s offensive depth chart.

This includes guys like guard Adam Shead, who might skip spring football due to injuries, and junior-college transfer tackle Josiah St. John, who hasn’t arrived on campus yet.

I’ll release my projected defense and special teams depth chart at 1 p.m. today.

 

QUARTERBACK
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
10; Blake Bell; Jr.; 6-6; 254
9; Trevor Knight; RFr.; 6-1; 197

Quarterback analysis: Trevor Knight certainly impressed everyone with his scout-team performance a year ago, and could make a strong push. But at this point, I believe Oklahoma’s starting quarterback job is Blake Bell’s to lose.

RUNNING BACK
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
26; Damien Williams; Sr.; 6-0; 208
24; Brennan Clay; Sr.; 5-11; 201
28; Alex Ross; RFr.; 6-1; 204

FULLBACK
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
33; Trey Millard; Sr.; 6-2; 256
48; Aaron Ripkowski; Jr.; 6-1; 260

Running backs analysis: Damien Williams was the Sooners’ leading rusher a year ago, and will definitely enter next season as the starter. But Brennan Clay really stepped up his game in the second half of last season and appears in line for a productive senior season. Expect Alex Ross to start getting the ball, and begin showing flashes of what could eventually be a fantastic career. It remains to be seen if Trey Millard will get more touches as a senior.

WIDE RECEIVER
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
13; Durron Neal; So.; 5-11; 201
16; Jaz Reynolds; Sr.; 6-2; 198
80; Derrick Woods; RFr.; 6-1; 185

SLOT RECEIVER
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
18; Jalen Saunders; Sr.; 5-9; 160
3; Sterling Shepard; So.; 5-10; 188

WIDE RECEIVER
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
17; Trey Metoyer; So; 6-1; 190
81; Lacoltan Bester; Sr.; 6-3; 205
; Dannon Cavil; Fr.; 6-5; 205*

TIGHT END
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
88; Taylor McNamara; RFr.; 6-5; 238
82; Brannon Green; Sr.; 6-2; 250

Receivers analysis: Jalen Saunders played outside receiver at Fresno State, so he could probably shift out if needed. That doesn’t seem like it’ll be necessary, though, as Durron Neal and Trey Metoyer should make improvements as sophomores and secure the two outside starting spots. Sterling Shepard becomes the second slot receiver in four-wide sets, and appears destined for big things. Jaz Reynolds — if he’s fully reinstated — could have an impact as a senior. At tight end, McNamara and Green both have the potential to make plays; can they reestablish their position’s relevance at Oklahoma in 2013?

LEFT TACKLE
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
79; Daryl Williams; So.; 6-6; 299
; Josiah St. John; Jr.; 6-6; 305**

LEFT GUARD
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
74; Adam Shead; Jr.; 6-4; 307
54; Nila Kasitati; So.; 6-4; 309

CENTER
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
64; Gabe Ikard; Sr.; 6-3; 288
56; Ty Darlington; So.; 6-3; 266

RIGHT GUARD
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
68; Bronson Irwin; Sr.; 6-5; 307
75; Tyler Evans; Sr.; 6-5; 315

RIGHT TACKLE
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
71; Tyrus Thompson; Jr.; 6-5; 305
72; Derek Farniok; So.; 6-9; 319

Offensive line analysis: Once junior-college transfer Josiah St. John arrives in the summer, I expect he’ll take on a significant role on the two-deep at tackle. For now, though, the tackle position remains pretty thin. Oklahoma is in good shape at the interior positions; Shead and Irwin each played well despite some nagging injuries last season, and Tyler Evans and Nila Kasitati will both be back in 2013 from ACL tears. If needed, Ty Darlington could easily take over the center position, allowing Gabe Ikard to play guard. 

* — Early enrollee
** — 2013 signee who isn’t on campus yet

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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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