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Jason Kersey: Power Lunch Chat transcript, August 20, 2012

The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.
by Jason Kersey Modified: August 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm •  Published: August 20, 2012
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Geneo Grissom as Starting TE? Is he catching the ball well or is it just his blocking ability?

Grissom is indeed the starter at tight end as of right now. I think he's doing both well, although with all the receivers Landry Jones has at his disposal, I think blocking will be the most important thing he does. Word is that he's really quick off the ball, and actually has shown that he's better at attacking off the ball than reacting from the DE spot. He hasn't had much of a chance to catch since high school, when he was a second TE in a two-tight set that was mainly for running. So, really, who knows how he'll do as a pass catcher until he actually does it in a game? But Bob Stoops said he's done well in practices.

Any news out of the OU camp as far as progress of players, but especially injuries? Tell me something GOOD!

I understand your frustration. Really the best news that has come out of OU's camp for Sooner fans is how good this freshman class could be, and how early its players could contribute. We know about Trey Metoyer and Sterling Shepard, but guys like Ty Darlington on the offensive line, Michael Onuoha and Charles Tapper at defensive end, Gary Simon at CB and even Alex Ross at running back have all shown flashes of their potential, and that should be exciting. The flip side to that, of course, is that some of them will be relied on because of injuries and suspensions.

Any chance we see the diamond formation this year? With Bell, Millard, Finch, and Whaley. That would be a very tough set.

I'm not sure about the diamond formation specifically, although I wouldn't rule anything out. Having said that, Bell won't be QB in any situations except goalline/redzone ones, and ones late in blowouts. Now, that set in those short yardage situations? That could be very tough

Any word on Saunders?

Haven't heard anything yet about Saunders, although I think news could come any day now.

Any word on how Metoyer and Justin Brown have looked in practice? We heard a lot about Metoyer early on but it's been pretty silent since.

They've both looked great from what we've been told. So much so, in fact, that they will almost certainly be the two starting outside receivers, with Kenny Stills in the slot, for the opener. Metoyer has done nothing during his brief time at OU to change anyone's opinion that he's got superstar written all over him.

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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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