OU Spring Game report card: Secondary gets a B

by Jenni Carlson Published: April 14, 2012
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Defensive Secondary: B

A decent day for the unit most maligned last season. A blown coverage allowed a 60-yard touchdown pass early in the game, but the number of big plays was minimal. How much did that have to do with a vanilla game plan by the offense? It's difficult to say, but what the Sooner secondary saw was defended fairly well.

Quarterbacks: A

We only got to see one series worth of Landry Jones, but even with a heavy diet of backups Blake Bell, Drew Allen and even Kendal Thompson, the Sooner signal callers had a solid day. No interceptions. Only two sacks. Bell led the way with 179 yards on 14-of-19 passing. And consider the gusty wind whipping across Owen Field, they managed the elements well.

End Zone Paint Job: A

The standard “OKLAHOMA”s painted in each of the end zones were replaced for the Spring Game by a diamond pattern. Crimson diamonds were in the south end zone, white ones in the north. It was super cool. If the “OKLAHOMA”s weren't such a tradition, a permanent change would be in order.

Wide Receivers: C

True freshman Trey Metoyer was electric in his first appearance as a Sooner, making six catches for 72 yards. Kenny Stills and Jaz Reynolds, the presumed starters, had decent afternoons, but both had drops. That was a problem a year ago for the Sooner receivers, and to see the receivers drop four or five passes in the Spring Game isn't a good sign.

Fun: A

Reynolds dunked the football over the goal post after his big 60-yard touchdown reception. It drew an excessive-celebration penalty and led to a missed extra point. Under normal circumstances, Reynolds would've been strung up by his ears. But this was the Spring Game. A little fun is, well, fun.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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