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Mike Sherman: Michael Onuoha, Sterling Shepard are Sooners to watch in 2012

Mike Sherman answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports.
by Mike Sherman Modified: August 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm •  Published: August 7, 2012
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Passing attempts last year: Drew Allen 16, Blake Bell 4

Who's Stoops' Dom Whaley of this camp?

I don't know of any walk-ons who are about to make the cover of Sports Illustrated, if that's what you're asking. But if you're asking who Bob Stoops is high on that we might not have had in the front of mind when practice started, I'd say there's a couple. Start with Edmond Santa Fe defensive end Michael Onuoha. Stoops brings him up every chance he gets, even said he's looking like Frank Alexander, and Frank was one impressive looking guy.

Another, and this is coming from Josh Heupel probably more than Stoops, is Sterling Shepard. When coaches are talking about a receiver's ability to get open and physically separate himself from a defender, and the guy's a freshman, that's a pretty good sign. You have to wonder how much Justin Brown's arrival from Penn State will hurt Shepard's chances of playing as a freshman. But I'd expect to see him sometime during the UTEP and Florida A&M scrimmages, I mean games.

Should it be necessary, will back up OL Ty Darlington, Derrick Farniok, and Kyle Marrs be ready to contribute at a high level this season?

Based on what OU coaches have been saying, Ty Darlington has had a great summer and played well and impressed everyone. He should have a shot. Farniok impressed teammates in the spring with how much he had improved and matured. Marrs will be forced to play a little bit. He's the most likely tackle to move inside for interior needs.

Read the entire chat transcript here.

by Mike Sherman
Sports Editor
Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman, where he has a combined 18 years of service during two stints as a writer and an editor. He covered high school sports for The Oklahoman from 1984-93. He also worked as a news writer for the...
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