Oklahoma football: Examining the Sooners in Sporting News' College Football Preview

by Erik Horne Modified: May 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm •  Published: May 28, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma's Eric Striker (19) celebrates after a sack beside Oklahoma's Jordan Wade (93) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Oklahoma won 38-30. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Eric Striker (19) celebrates after a sack beside Oklahoma's Jordan Wade (93) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Oklahoma won 38-30. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

In late April, Sporting News teased its regional cover for its 2014 College Football Preview. It featured Oklahoma as the preseason No. 1, along with a big photo of Trevor Knight.

Early? Perhaps. I finally got a hold of one of those preview editions this week and wanted to share some of the Sooners talk in the magazine.

*Sporting News’ preseason top 25 includes just three Big 12 teams – OU (No. 1), Baylor (7) and Texas (23). Here’s the write up from SN’s Matt Hayes on why OU is the top team:

“You can’t use the 'Alabama wasn’t motivated' excuse anymore. And while we’re talking about the Sooners’ whipping of the most talented team in college football in last year’s Sugar Bowl, let’s give some credit to the OU offensive coaches. In 15 bowl practices, they figured out how to make Trevor Knight  comfortable at the most important position on the field. Add to that the Stoops brothers finally figuring out what it takes to stop the pass-happy offenses in the Big 12, and you’ve got a nice recipe for a return to the top of college football.”

*SN lists three OU players as preseason All-Americans. No first-teamers, but kicker Michael Hunnicutt and rush linebacker Eric Striker are second-team offense and defense, respectively. Junior defensive end Charles Tapper is on the third-team defense. Striker is touted as the best blitzing linebacker in the country by Hayes.

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by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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