There were a few surprises when OU coaches finally updated their depth chart on Monday.
You can’t read too much into depth charts. Sometimes coaches use it to motivate players that have been inconsistent. But coach Bob Stoops isn’t one to play many mind games.
Observations after seeing the revised depth chart:
Running back: It’s listed as Brennan Clay or Dominique Whaley or Roy Finch. The fact Whaley is on the list, not freshman Brandon Williams or Jonathan Miller is a surprise. Williams could still end up being the best back of a talented group once he becomes more familiar with the offense. But Whaley is legit in the competition for carries and playing time.
Quarterback: It’s listed as Drew Allen or Blake Bell. Allen, who was Landry Jones’ backup last season, is listed on top if you want to try and read the tea leaves. We should know for certain after practice Monday night when Stoops addresses the media.
Sophomore Trey Franks, not Dejuan Miller, is listed as the third starter. Kameel Jackson made the two-deep, cementing comments from Stoops that the true freshman had a good fall camp.
Tight end: Even though it’s listed as an “or” sophomore Austin Haywood is listed above senior Trent Ratterree.
O-Line: As expected, Daryl Williams (right tackle) and Donald Stephenson (left tackle) are the starters but Lane Johnson will play some.
D-line: Ronnell Lewis is still listed as a starter, although his eligibility remains in question. Jamarkus McFarland is listed as a starter ahead of Stacy McGee. Chuka Ndulue is listed as the fourth D-end but Geneo Grissom will be in the rotation.
Linebacker: It’s interesting true freshman Kellen Jones, who transferred in from Michigan earlier this month, is listed as an “or” behind Jaydan Bird at middle linebacker. Jones could still redshirt. We now know the weakside linebacker backups to Corey Nelson, who is filling in for injured Travis Lewis. Redshirt freshmen Caleb Gastelum and Aaron Franklin are next in line.
Secondary: No surprises. Jamell Fleming, who missed spring drills to address academic issues, has regained his starting job in front of Gabe Lynn.
Special teams: Trey Franks and Brennan Clay are listed as the top two kickoff returners. Whaley and Roy Finch are the backups.