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OU roundtable: Will Trey Millard or Roy Finch get more offensive touches?

Four topics for three writers, previewing the upcoming Oklahoma football season.
by Jenni Carlson and Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Modified: July 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm •  Published: July 25, 2013

The Oklahoman's staff members discuss four topics surrounding this year's Oklahoma football team:

1. Who will get more offensive touches this season: Roy Finch or Trey Millard? 

Jason Kersey (beat writer) Trey Millard. While I think Roy Finch definitely has a chance to re-establish himself as a regular contributor on offense, Millard enters the season in better standing with the coaches and looked great during his few opportunities to carry the ball last year. Finch played so little on offense a year ago, and there are so many strong players in front of him on the depth chart, that it’s tough to predict he’ll get more carries than Millard in 2013 at this point.

Ryan Aber (beat writer) There was no contest last year as Millard blew out Finch by more than 50 touches. If the reports of Damien William’s lackluster work ethic over the summer are true, that would seem to open a gap for Finch to get back in the coaches’ good graces and get back to regularly seeing the field again. After 145 touches as a sophomore, Finch had just nine last season. Millard will get his touches either way, though, giving the Sooners offense a versatile weapon in both the ground and passing games. So although Finch could wind up winning this one in a blowout, I’ll stick with the safe bet and go with Millard.

Jenni Carlson (columnist) Millard. It's gotta be. Right? I mean, I love a change-of-pace back just as much as the next person, but Millard is a beast. Regardless of how you get the ball in his hands, he does something positive with it. Surely, with a new quarterback, the Sooners will want the ball going to guys who can take some pressure off the newbie. Millard can do just that.

2. Which position group enters the season as the biggest question mark? 

Kersey - It has to be the defensive line. The unit wasn’t great in 2012, but Oklahoma still loses five seniors and has few experienced players to replace them with. Junior Chuka Ndulue’s move inside from end to tackle could help, but can his body really handle the beating it’s sure to take throughout an entire season? Coaches will surely feel better about the defensive line if junior-college transfer Quincy Russell manages to make it to campus.

Aber It’s got to be the defensive line right now though you could argue any of the units on defense could be candidates. The Sooners lost virtually the entire defensive front from last season and the main returning piece--Chuka Ndulue--was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence over the offseason. There’s some potential there but they’re going to rely on a lot of guys with not a lot of experience to get the job done. That’s a dangerous place to be in in the Big 12.

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by Jenni Carlson
Columnist
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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