Oklahoma football: Five questions facing the Sooners entering the 2014 season

Coach Bob Stoops and five players will represent Oklahoma on Tuesday in Dallas for Big 12 Media Days. The Sooners are the clear favorites to win the Big 12 Conference in 2014, as evidenced by last week’s preseason media poll.
by Jason Kersey Published: July 20, 2014

DALLAS — The Omni Dallas Hotel will play host to this year’s Big 12 Media Days, with Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops; quarterback Trevor Knight; offensive tackle Daryl Williams; defensive back Julian Wilson; and defensive linemen Geneo Grissom and Chuka Ndulue representing the Sooners on Tuesday.

The Sooners are the clear favorites to win the Big 12 Conference in 2014, as evidenced by last week’s preseason media poll. OU received 47 of 56 first-place votes.

Here’s a look at five pressing questions facing the Sooners are we get closer to the 2014 season opener, scheduled for Aug. 30 at home against Louisiana Tech.

5. How will Blake Bell adapt to the tight end position?

Bell, who started eight games at quarterback last season, opted to change positions rather than transfer for his senior season. All reports out of spring practice were good regarding Bell at tight end until an untimely knee injury in April. Because of that, fans never got a chance to see the artist formerly known as the Belldozer in action at his new position. His decision to return to OU certainly earned him respect among his teammates, and he’ll undoubtedly be a team leader in 2014. But will that translate to on-field production?

4. Other than Sterling Shepard, which Sooners will become playmakers in this offense?

Oklahoma lacks much experience at all in the running back and wide receiver positions, meaning lots of guys will have to grow up fast for the Sooners to achieve their lofty goals in 2014. Incoming freshman running back Joe Mixon has generated lots of buzz, and receivers such as Austin Bennett, Durron Neal and Jordan Smallwood had good spring showings.

3. Who will play cornerback opposite Zack Sanchez?

Junior Cortez Johnson and sophomores Dakota Austin and Stanvon Taylor all competed for the spot throughout the spring, but senior Julian Wilson, last year’s starting nickelback, expressed his desire to play cornerback a couple weeks after the Sugar Bowl.

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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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