The dirtiest job of them all? How about the one I get for this special section — asking and answering the big (and dirty) issues for the Oklahoma football team heading into the 2008 season.
What impact will the no-huddle have on the offense?A positive impact on both the offense and defense. Offensively, the Sooners have a range of versatile players — Brody Eldrige, Jermaine Gresham, DeMarco Murray — able to create mismatches in size and speed. The no-huddle, which will decrease the time defenses have to substitute or line up correctly, should create even more mismatches. Also, playing faster should give Sam Bradford more throws and Murray more carries, which should translate into more points. It will also ensure the Sooners avoid delays of game in the new 40-second play clock. The defense benefits from facing a no-huddle team in practice, since several of OU's opponents do the same. Trying the no-huddle should provide little learning curve, largely because the formations and plays remain the same. But if the no-huddle becomes problematic, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said they won't hesitate in returning to the huddle, which didn't prevent the Sooners from ranking among the nation's best in scoring last season.
How will cornerbacks Dominique Franks and Brian Jackson fare against the Big 12's big-time receivers?With so many prolific offenses in the league, it's a dangerous time to be breaking in a pair of new starting cornerbacks. That's one reason why Dominque Franks was pushed during to preseason — Lendy Holmes was moved to cornerback and back to safety — during two-a-days. Jackson and Franks are penciled in as starters and can't be considered newcomers.
CB Brian Jackson