Jason Kersey: Power Lunch Chat transcript, September 11, 2012

The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey took questions from readers in today's OU Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.
by Jason Kersey Modified: September 11, 2012 at 11:58 am •  Published: September 11, 2012

The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey took questions from readers in Tuesday's OU Power Lunch Chat. Below is a complete transcript of the chat.

NewsOKSports 10:30 a.m. Jason will be signing in at 11 a.m. to chat. You can start submitting your questions now.
Jason Kersey 11:00 a.m. Good morning everyone and welcome to the chat!
Larry 11:00 a.m. Your thoughts on OU's next game against K State, and what is your score prediction?
Jason Kersey 11:03 a.m. I think it's going to be a lot tougher for the Sooners than I thought it'd be a couple weeks ago, that's for sure. K-State looked really good against Miami, although it's unclear how good Miami really is. I'm willing to bet Miami's a better squad than UTEP, though. If Casey Walker gets back to form that adds some depth which should help against KSU's run game. I'm not ready to make a score prediction yet because I know it will change in some way before the actual game. Check back with me next week!
11:03 a.m. Will Damien Williams take over the starting position at RB? Do you think he is better than Whaley?
Jason Kersey 11:06 a.m. At this point, I don't think there's any doubt that Williams is playing better than Whaley. I'm not sure Whaley is entirely back to form. Josh Heupel said he didn't see any contact during fall camp, so I'm sure there's an adjustment period for him. If I had to guess, I'd say that if Williams doesn't take over as the starter, he'll definitely be the guy who gets the most carries by Texas week if not sooner.
11:06 a.m. I haven't seen Chaz Nelson on the field yet. Do you know why he isn't playing?
Jason Kersey 11:08 a.m. Chaz Nelson hurt his knee during two a days and is out for probably at least two or three more weeks
11:08 a.m. Your thoughts on Landry's performance after these 1st 2 games?
Jason Kersey 11:11 a.m. I think he's done OK. In the first game, I think he really showcased this newfound mobility that we've heard so much about. This week, I thought he was really telegraphing his passes and made some very questionable decisions on one pass early in the first quarter that should've been intercepted, and then a pass early in the second quarter that was actually intercepted. I think he might be starting to rely a little too much on Kenny Stills, kind of like he did with Broyles last year, and we all saw how that turned out when Broyles was taken from him. By my count, 13 of Jones' 28 pass attempts were intended for Stills. But I think as Justin Brown and Trey Metoyer get more acclimated to the college game, that might get better.
11:12 a.m. Who is the best team right now, in your opinion, in college football, and why?
Jason Kersey 11:13 a.m. Alabama. They just seem absolutely dominant right now, and I'm not sure anyone outside of LSU or USC would be able to hang with them.
11:13 a.m. Will Tony Jefferson be able to play against K State?
Jason Kersey 11:14 a.m. Yes, I think he will be fine for the K-State game. Coaches said he probably could've played against FAMU if the game had been closer. He was held out of practice Monday, but I think that's more precautionary than anything. He should be good to go by next Saturday.
11:14 a.m. Didn't OU recruit a RB names David Wilson? If so, will he play this season. Will Alex Ross redshirt?
Jason Kersey 11:16 a.m. They've got a true freshman RB named David Smith, is that who you're referring to? I wouldn't expect him to play this season, and, just based on what we've seen through 2 games, Alex Ross is looking more and more likely to redshirt. The emergence of Damien Williams means Smith and Ross will probably get another year to develop, which I don't think is a bad thing
11:16 a.m. Any of the tightends separating themself from the others yet?
Jason Kersey 11:17 a.m. Brannon Green is the only one that I can remember catching a pass through two games, and against UTEP it was a big-time TD pass. McNamara was the first TE to play Saturday, though. I think they all three bring a little something different to the table and will all contribute
11:17 a.m. Any word on when any of the suspended players might return?
Jason Kersey 11:18 a.m. No word yet.
Mike 11:19 a.m. With Casey Walker back, does King move to DE. How long until Anderson/Phliips are playing meaningful snaps at DT to provide some depth at the position?
Jason Kersey 11:20 a.m. King said he worked at DE yesterday at practice, so I would assume he'll start lining up more there in games. Still, King moved inside when Stacy McGee was suspended and Casey Walker was still there, so I would expect King to still play inside quite a bit for now.
11:20 a.m. Is the primary reason Whaley is getting so few touches because he keeps fumbling?
Jason Kersey 11:22 a.m. Well, possibly. I think easing him back in has something to do with it as well, and Damien Williams is playing lights out and earning carries in his own right.
Steve 11:22 a.m. Blake Bell looked very good on Saturday but wish he would have played more. Will we see him passing more out of the BellDozer formation?
Jason Kersey 11:23 a.m. I wouldn't rule anything out. Stoops said before the season that they were expanding the Belldozer package, so it's certainly a possibility
John 11:23 a.m. Jason it seemed like every one was questing the defense at the start of the season
John 11:23 a.m. Season. Seems lilke the d is playing gine to me sure they csn brush up. But seens like the o line is the question mark now ur thoughts
Jason Kersey 11:25 a.m. I think questions remain about the defense. They haven't played any great competition yet, and have still given up some big plays.
Scott 11:26 a.m. Why doesn't OU consider using Bell to run some option plays out of the Belldozer??
Jason Kersey 11:27 a.m. I think because it's really not necessary. The way they've used the Belldozer has worked just fine, and Damien Williams and his tough running may have made its use not as necessary
Larry 11:27 a.m. Is Danzel Williams still on the roster?
Jason Kersey 11:28 a.m. Yes
Mike 11:28 a.m. Alex Ross did not see any play during the FAMU game so is it safe to say he will be redshirted if he hasn't been already?
Jason Kersey 11:28 a.m. I think it's a safe assumption at this point
11:28 a.m. Why has OU, and Texas for that matter, constantly had excellent recruiting classes, but over the past few years underperformed. It can't be a lack of talent so is talent at the wrong positions being recruited or is there something systemic going on?
Jason Kersey 11:29 a.m. Great question, and it's something I'm going to be exploring in a story soon. I think it's a combination of players not being as good as advertised and players leaving the team for various reasons.
mark 11:29 a.m. interesting to see how Alabama recruits compared to OU. They go after big OT & DT from JUCO - will we see more of this from OU?
Jason Kersey 11:30 a.m. Not sure if OU will change the way it recruits, but it's definitely a good question and something worth exploring
Jason Kersey 11:31 a.m. Thanks everyone for your questions! Have a great rest of your week

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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