The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey took questions from readers in today's OU Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a recap of today's chat.
Do you have any fresh recruiting news for the Sooners? Do they have any other recruits coming in for visits?
The most interesting, latest news for the Sooners, in my opinion, is their struggles to lure very many offensive tackles. George Adeosun is a guy from Georgia that didn't have very many offers until recently, but OU just offered him within the last week, and he visited last weekend. Adeosun is a late bloomer.
Are there any guys on the OU football roster that redshirted last year and may have a positive impact this coming season?
I would look at Jordan Wade (DT), Derrick Woods (WR) and Taylor McNamara (TE) as three guys who redshirted who could make big impacts. Wade is talented, but still very raw according to coaches and other players. Derrick Woods was outstanding on scout team last season, and McNamara might've played a lot more late in the season if he hadn't been hurt early. I think he'll begin the season as the starting tight end.
What are your thoughts on Landry's performance Saturday? Will it have an impact on his draft status?
By all accounts, Landry Jones did very well throughout the week before the game, but then struggled in the game. It just raises a few more questions about his inconsistency that plagued him throughout his college career. He's still got the combine and other workouts to improve his stock. Lane Johnson has pushed himself into mid-first round status according to most reports from guys who were there. He's really skyrocketed up draft boards.
Who will be the starter at tight end for the Sooners in 2013?
I think at this point it's likely to be redshirt freshman Taylor McNamara. Brannon Green displayed flashes of his potential, but was obviously too inconsistent to earn much playing time last season.
Who will be the front four starters on defense next season?
At this point, I'd say Geneo Grissom, Chuka Ndulue, Jordan Phillips and Quincy Russell.
How close, if at all, was Jay Norvell to joining the Chicago Bears staff? It would have been a blow had he left IMO?
I think he strongly thought about it, considering his ties to that staff. It's hard to exactly say "how close" he was, I'd imagine that was a very tough job to turn down.
And yes, I agree that it would've been a huge blow.
Who will replace Tress Way?
I think Jed Barnett, the junior-college transfer who has already signed with OU and enrolled, is the favorite.
Most heralded OU recruit for 2013?
Four-star RB Keith Ford shot up the final Rivals100 rankings. According to most rankings, he's the top prospect in OU's class, so I'd have to go with him.
Is David Wilson or Alex Ross better? Is it too early to tell?
It's too early to tell. My gut says Ross, but that might not be fair, considering I'm a lot more familiar with him since he's an Oklahoma kid. But when I saw him on the field before the Bedlam game, he looked huge, like he's really bulked up since high school.
Where do you think Drew Allen will end up?
That's a great question. It's really hard to say, but I do believe he'll find an FBS home. He'll be immediately eligible at his new school because he'll have graduated. I think we'll find out fairly soon where he's headed.
How many Sooners will go in the NFL draft?
Good question. Landry Jones, Lane Johnson, Kenny Stills, Tony Jefferson, Demontre Hurst will be picked. Then there are a bunch of guys who could be picked, but are kind of on the fence. It'll be very interesting to see how it all shakes out.
Do you think with a new QB, we will see an increase in under center plays? A little option? Some play action?
I'm not sure exactly how, but it's a virtual guarantee that the offense will be tweaked with a new quarterback. Blake Bell and Trevor Knight each have mobility that Landry Jones didn't have, so that alone will mean some obvious changes. I'm not sure about going more under center, though. I don't think that's likely.
Do you think Mike Stoops will have any influence on asking the offense to slow down a little more and go with more ball control?
We've asked coaches about slowing the offense down for the defense's sake, but Bob Stoops and the offensive coaches have said they don't think it makes all that much of a difference, so I'm not sure there will be any changes in that regard.