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Oklahoma football: Analyzing the Sooners' first depth chart

Oklahoma released an ‘unofficial' depth chart and Jason Kersey offers his thoughts on a few things.
by Jason Kersey Published: August 27, 2012

* Junior Austin Woods — whose resolve and fight in his well-known battle against cancer has been very admirable — is listed as Bronson Irwin's backup at right guard. Woods will still be the deep snapper on field goals, and he's always been listed at center. True freshman Ty Darlington is listed as Gabe Ikard's backup there, though, and I think that speaks to the thin depth the Sooners have on the interior of the offensive line.

* No surprises at wide receiver, with Trey Metoyer, Justin Brown and Kenny Stills listed as starters and Lacoltan Bester, Durron Neal and Sterling Shepard backing them up, respectively. Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders is not listed at all, although Stoops said he expects to hear back on his NCAA waiver request for immediate playing time Tuesday. If he's able to play, that makes things awfully interesting, because Stoops said he's been playing as an inside receiver. Would that push Shepard out of the top rotation? I can't imagine that it would, but Saunders would be a tough player to keep out if he's able to play.

* Geneo Grissom or Brannon Green are listed as the starter at tight end, with true freshman Taylor McNamara also listed as a backup. All three will play, Stoops said, but all indications have been that Grissom has taken hold of the starting spot since moving over from defensive end before the summer. Green, a junior-college transfer, was the starter listed on the spring depth chart.