Analysis: Saunders became the Sooners' most dynamic playmaker on both offense and special teams by the end of his career. He could play both inside and outside. … Woods made a career-long 20-yard catch in the Sugar Bowl, and could make a push for a starting spot. … Shepard returns as one of the Sooners' best overall players, and will assume a more significant leadership role with the unit as a junior. … Franks was suspended the entire 2012 season, moved to safety and then switched back to offense midway through last season. … Todd will enroll early and join the Sooners for spring workouts.
Who's gone: Brennan Clay*; Roy Finch*; Trey Millard*; Damien Williams*
Who's back: Daniel Brooks (So.); Keith Ford (So.); Aaron Ripkowski (Sr.)*; Alex Ross (So.); David Smith (So.)
Who's new: Dmitri Flowers; Joe Mixon; Samaje Perine
Analysis: Ford averaged 5.8 yards on his 23 rushes last season as a true freshman. He enters 2014 as the likely starting running back. … Mixon, a five-star prospect and the nation's No. 1 all-purpose back according to Rivals, will likely make an immediate impact on the offense as a ballcarrier and receiver out of the backfield. … Ross is immensely talented, but needs to continue maturing before he'll see significant action. … Ripkowski returns as the clear No. 1 fullback after assuming the role when Millard suffered a season-ending knee injury in late October.
— *: Started at least one game in 2013.