Oklahoma football: Depth chart analysis

by Jason Kersey Published: August 26, 2012
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Here is Oklahoma football beat writer Jason Kersey's analysis of the Sooners' depth chart:

QUARTERBACKS


12, Landry Jones, Sr., 6-4, 218

10, Blake Bell, So., 6-6, 254

OR

15, Drew Allen, Jr., 6-5, 226

Quarterback analysis: Coach Bob Stoops still won't name Jones' backup, but Bell seems to have pulled ahead of Allen based on his performance in the spring game and the praise he's received for his play in scrimmages. Coaches continue to insist Bell's arm is better than some may think and that it is getting better.

RUNNING BACKS

8, Dominique Whaley, Sr., 5-11, 204

24, Brennan Clay, Jr., 5-11, 201

FB, 33, Trey Millard, Jr., 6-2, 256

48, Aaron Ripkowski, So., 6-1, 260

Running back analysis: Whaley's the man if he stays healthy. Roy Finch is working in the slot during practices, which may limit his touches out of the backfield. Junior-college transfer Damien Williams has impressed coaches, and Millard should get more carries this fall than he did last year.

RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

WR, 19, Justin Brown, Sr., 6-3, 209

18, Lacoltan Bester, Jr., 6-3, 205

SL, 4, Kenny Stills, Jr., 6-1, 190

3, Sterling Shepard, Fr., 5-10, 188

WR, 17, Trey Metoyer, Fr., 6-1, 190

13, Durron Neal, Fr., 5-11, 201

TE, 85, Geneo Grissom, So., 6-4, 247

82, Brannon Green, Jr., 6-2, 250

Receiver analysis: The late additions of Brown and Bester bolstered a receiver corps that, while still relatively inexperienced, is no longer considered the team's weak link. Don't get too caught up in starters, they'll all see the field and get touches. Grissom, a converted defensive end, will start at tight end after an impressive fall camp. Green and true freshman Taylor McNamara will still contribute.

OFFENSIVE LINE

LT, Tyrus Thompson, So., 6-5, 303

Lane Johnson, Sr., 6-7, 303

LG, 74, Adam Shead, So., 6-4, 307

54, Nila Kasitati, RFr., 6-4, 309

C, 64, Gabe Ikard, Jr., 6-3, 288

56, Ty Darlington, Fr., 6-3, 266

RG, 68, Bronson Irwin, Jr., 6-5, 307

54, Nila Kasitati, RFr., 6-4, 309

RT, 79, Daryl Williams, Jr., 6-6, 299

72, Derek Farniok, So., 6-9, 325

Offensive line analysis: The Sooners' offensive line, once a clear team strength, is among the biggest question marks entering the 2012 season. Lane Johnson could still win back a starting spot, but he'll likely switch between left and right tackle in backup duty. The five starters and Johnson seem solid, the concern is now depth. One more injury to an interior lineman could be catastrophic.

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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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