Big 12 football: A surprise hot-seat occupant in Norman?

by Berry Tramel Published: August 30, 2013
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With all the talk about OU's quarterback job, the truth is, there are many more questions about the Sooner defense than Trevor Knight.

In OU's final four games against spread offenses in 2012, the Sooners gave up 34 points and 424 total yards to Baylor, 49 points and 778 yards to West Virginia, 45 (regulation) points and 490 yards to OSU, and 41 points and 633 total yards to Texas A&M.

Now the Sooners open 2013 with Louisiana-Monroe, which doesn't have a big name but has a big-time quarterback in Kolton Browning.

“Our quarterback is a pretty good player,” said ULM coach Todd Berry. “He provides hope. Hope's a powerful thing. As long as he's in the game, there's hope. Just play hard, keep playing, Kolton's going to find a way to make a play.”

Expectations are not high for Mike Stoops' second year back as his brother's defensive coordinator. Getting torched by the Heisman Trophy winner and Dana Holgorsen's offenses is one thing. Getting torched by a Sun Belt Conference team is another. Mike Stoops' unit needs to play well, or questions will arise on just how wise it was to bring him back.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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