Oklahoma's spring football roster shows 80 players, 15 less than the number NCAA Division IA teams are allowed to have on scholarship. An uncommonly high attrition rate is the culprit. As a result, the Sooners don't have the "quality depth" that was their trademark. And spring practice strategy is affected.
"We obviously have to stay healthy," coach Gary Gibbs said.
"That's something we weren't able to do last fall, and it affected us greatly. We want to have an aggressive, get-a-lot-of-things-done type spring and get better in a lot of areas and lay a foundation for the fall."
The attrition shows in OU's spring depth chart. Ordinarily, most players listed No. 1 would be seniors. But right now there are only four on offense and five on defense.
The offensive players are tackle Terran Manning, guards Mike Sawatsky and Larry Medice and split end Arthur Guess. The defenders are ends Tracy Gordon and James Goode, tackles Tom Backes and Scott Evans and linebacker Frank Blevins.
Other No. 1s on offense are sophomore tight end Joey Mickey; junior center Randy Wallace; sophomore tackle Brandon Houston; sophomore quarterback Steve Collins; sophomore tailback Dewell Brewer; and junior Z-back Ted Long. On defense, they're sophomore nose guard James Baldwin; junior linebacker Chris Wilson; junior cornerbacks Charles Franks and Greg DeQuasie; and junior safeties Jason Belser and Terry Ray. BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 421147