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by Michael Baldwin Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm •  Published: April 12, 2012

This blog is for fans hungry for an OU depth chart.

On OU’s website defensive tackle Frank Alexander and other players entering the NFL Draft are still listed.

The following two-deep is based on interviews with players and coaches this spring. This two-deep includes injured players regaining their starting roles.

Here’s an educated guess as to how the two-deep will look when the Sooners open two-a-days this fall.

OFFENSE
No. Name;Ht.;Wt.;Class
LEFT TACKLE
69 Lane Johnson;6-6;296;Sr.
71 Tyrus Thompson;6-5;297;So.
LEFT GUARD
64 Gabe Ikard;6-4;295;Jr.
74 Adam Shead;6-4;314;So.
CENTER
61 Ben Habern;6-4;292;Sr.
64 Gabe Ikard;6-4;295;Jr.
RIGHT GUARD
75 Tyler Evans; 6-5;304;Sr.
68 Bronson Irwin;6-5;305;Jr.
RIGHT TACKLE
79 Daryl Williams;6-6;313;So.
72 Derek Farniok;6-9;325;RFr.
O-line analysis: A veteran O-line returns four starters. Lane Johnson moves from right to left tackle. Adam Shead is starting this spring while Habern is out with a neck injury. Williams is exclusively a right tackle. The other three tackles can play both sides.

SLOT RECEIVER
2 Trey Franks;5-10;184;Jr.
na Courtney Gardner;5-3;215;Jr.
WIDE RECEIVER
4 Kenny Stills;6-1;189;Jr.
18 Kameel Jackson;6-0;195.So.
WIDE RECEIVER
16 Jaz Reynolds;6-2;198;Jr.
17 Trey Metoyer;6-2;198;Jr.
TIGHT END
82 Brannon Green;6-4;260;Jr.
88 Taylor McNamara;6-5;235;Fr.
Receivers analysis: Stills and Reynolds are returning starters. Franks has had a really solid spring. Metoyer has created the biggest buzz all spring and could push his way into the starting lineup. The young tight ends are making steady progress.

RUNNING BACK
8 Dominique Whaley;5-10;197;Sr.
24 Brennan Clay;5-11;194;J.r
22 Roy Finch;5-7;166;Jr.
FULLBACK
33 Trey Millard;6-2;249;Jr.
48 Aaron Ripkowski;6-2;255;So.
Running backs analysis: Clay reportedly has played very well this spring. Finch can break off some nifty runs but might be most valuable as a receiver out of the backfield. Bob Stoops raves about the versatile Millard. A couple of standout backs report this summer.

QUARTERBACK
12 Landry Jones;6-4;229;Sr.
15 Drew Allen;6-5;239;Jr.
or
10 Blake Bell;6-6;245;So.
Quarterback analysis: Jones already owns most OU passing records and has thrown for 12,379 yards and 93 touchdowns. Allen and Bell continue their battle for the backup job, Allen still holding a slight edge but Bell is gaining more experience.

DEFENSE
No. Name;Ht.;Wt.;Class
DEFENSIVE END
90 David King;6-5;273;Sr.
37 Chaz Nelson;6-3;240;Jr.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE
53 Casey Walker;6-2;308;Sr.
80 Jordon Phillips;6-6;329;RFr.
or
94 Torrea Peterson;6-3;292;So.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE
97 Jamarkus McFarland;6-2;296;Sr.
92 Stacy McGee;6-4;299;Sr.
DEFENSIVE END
91 R.J. Washington;6-3;248;Sr.
98 Chuka Ndulue;6-3;251;So.
D-line analysis: Three starters were banged up this spring. When healthy coaches are optimistic this unit is solid with some depth. But there is some pressure on King, Walker, McFarland and Washington to step up as seniors, stopping the run and generating a pass rush.

MIDDLE LINEBACKER
21 Tom Wort;6-;229;Jr.
55 Jaydan Bird;6-2;236;Sr.
STRONGSIDE LINEBACKER
7 Corey Nelson;6-1;219;Jr.
31 Daniel Franklin;6-2;233;Sr.
WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER
5 Joseph Ibiloye;6-3;219;Sr.
20 Frank Shannon;6-1;61-216;RFr.
Linebacker analysis: A solid starting group and some quality talent in backup roles. Wort has vowed to step up and be a leader. Nelson is a good fit inside. Ibiloye also will play in some nickel packages. Teammates and coaches have raved about Franklin and Shannon.

STRONG SAFETY
30 Javon Harris;5-11;207;Sr.
29 Quentin Hayes;6-0;181;So.
CORNERBACK
6 Demontre Hurst;5-10;181;Sr.
19 Joe Powell;6-0;171;Jr.
CORNERBACK
14 Aaron Colvin;6-0;176;Jr.
15 Lamar Harris;6-1;187;Sr.
FREE SAFETY
1 Tony Jefferson;5-10;199;Jr.
9 Gabe Lynn;6-0;195;Jr.
Secondary analysis: This is the unit that has much to prove after being victimized in three losses. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has simplified the defense. He’s pleased with the progress. The big test arrives this fall. Colvin, sitting out this spring, is the wild card where he’ll end up.

SPECIAL TEAMS
KICKER
18 Michael Hunnicutt;6-0;175;So.
PUNTER
36 Tress Way;6-1;218;Sr.
PUNT RETURNER
4 Kenny Stills;6-1;189;Jr.
KICKOFF RETURNS
2 Trey Franks;5-10;184;Jr.
22 Roy Finch;5-7;166;Jr.
DEEP SNAPPER
50 Austin Woods;6-4;290;Jr.
HOLDER
36 Tress Way;6-1;218;Sr.
Special teams analysis: Way is one of the top punters in the country with a strong leg and a knack for pinning teams inside the 20. Hunnicutt has gained strength and confidence, going a solid 21 of 24 on field goals. Stills being the primary punt returner has intriguing potential.

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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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