Breaking down Red-White rosters
Tuesday, the Sooners split up into Red and White squads for Saturday’s spring game. A few thoughts:
* The Red team is stacked at running back, with Roy Finch, Brandon Williams and Brennan Clay. The White counters with Jonathon Miller and walk-on Dominique Whaley. Miller has had a solid spring, but the Red holds a decisive firepower advantage here.
* On paper, the Red also holds a big edge at LB, with Travis Lewis, Austin Box, Tony Jefferson and Corey Nelson. However, this edge could turn into a liability depending on how much seniors Lewis and Box are allowed to play.
* The White combats the Red’s advantage at LB, with starting ends Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis and talented redshirt freshman Geneo Grissom. This trio could put a lot of pressure on Red QB Drew Allen.
* What receivers are the Sooners going to throw to? Doesn’t look like Ryan Broyles is going to participate. Kenny Stills (hamstring), Trey Franks (foot), Justin McCay (knee), Sheldon McClain (clavicle) are all banged up and Dejuan Miller just recently was cleared coming off season-ending knee surgery. Jaz Reynolds and walk-ons Ryan Caro, Derrick Bradley and Nyko Symonds should get plenty of opportunities to shine. The Red team could also line up any 3 of their RBs in the slot, too, another advantage.
* The White is clearly banking on QB Landry Jones carrying them to victory, which worked last season for the White in a rout. Look for Jones to try and work the ball to tight end James Hanna.
* The offensive lines are about even. Daryl Williams and Lane Johnson of the White and Tyrus Thompson and Adam Shead of the Red should get several snaps.
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