The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey took questions from readers in today's OU Power Lunch Chat. Read the complete chat transcript here. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.
Do you see a need for panic after the performance of the Sooners against UTEP?
Panic? That depends on what the expectations were for this season. If you thought this was a national championship caliber team, then yes I'd say so.
However, I think they are still capable of winning the Big 12 if things fall into the right place. They've struggled in openers vs. mid majors before, so it isn't like this is unprecedented.
Is Roy Finch in Bob Stoops’ doghouse or is it a case of not performing in practice? It’s not a question of talent.
No, you're right he certainly is talented. I think he isn't doing some of the things in practice he needs to do to earn that playing time, but I also just think he is the victim of something that happens: other people are just better. Stills and Shepard in the slot, and Whaley and Williams in the backfield.
What can be done about OU's O line?
I think the o line needs more experience and more time working together. I have no idea if this is a group that is capable of greatness, but I do think they can play better than they did. After rewatching the game, I have toned down some of my criticism of the line. I still don't think Landry was even close to being the biggest problem but he probably could've gotten some of those passes off quicker. The line showed some good ability Saturday so we will just have to see.
Any update on the return of Casey Walker and/or Stacy McGee? What about the other suspended players?
The only previously suspended player I have an update on is, obviously, TE Geneo Grissom. He will be back after missing the opener. No update on any other suspended player, but I did talk to Casey Walker's mom last night and she said he will be back soon.
What’s the future with Blake Bell? Does OU’s offense change to more zone read if and when he becomes OU’s QB? He's great as the Belldozer, is he the next OU QB after Landry Jones?
I do not believe the offense will change much with Blake Bell next season. Remember, he was recruited as a passing QB and he has a great arm that no one has ever really gotten to see beyond the spring game. They may tweak things a little, but I wouldn't expect any major changes in the offense with Bell at QB.