Sooners need talent at several positions to fix the current problem

A whizbang offensive coordinator and a salty quarterback won't fix the problem of a talent dearth. And OU has a talent dearth.
by Berry Tramel Modified: November 15, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: November 14, 2013

Theories abound on what can fix Sooner football, which has fallen and is trying to get up.

The Sooners need better offensive coordination or a new offensive coordinator.

The Sooners need better quarterbacking or a new quarterback.

The Sooners need a new conference, need new uniforms, need a new band director, need a new president, need new kickoff times and need a new attitude.

All or part of which might be true.

But this I know to be true. The Sooners need more talent. The Sooners need better ballplayers at a variety of positions.

A whizbang offensive coordinator and a salty quarterback won't fix the problem of a talent dearth. And OU has a talent dearth.

You could see that against Baylor, a 41-12 conqueror of the Sooners. Baylor won the lines and was faster in the open field. Those alone go a long way to achieving victory.

And I'm not just talking about SEC defensive tackles, which sometime in the last couple of years somehow became everyone's favorite topic. Another G.K. McCoy would help immensely, but OU needs far more than just another Gerald or another Sammy B.

Consider this. OU in 2013 signed five junior-college players. The Sooners in 2012 signed seven juco transfers.

The previous two years, OU signed none.

You sign a junior-college player to fulfill a pressing need. You sign 12 juco players over a two-year span to replenish an entire roster.

Oh, Bob Stoops can't say so. He can't sit there and say, our recruiting classes have been sup-bar. Our talent is down. Our players aren't good enough to beat Baylor.

But it's the truth.

And it's not like OU has hit the mother lode in juco recruiting.

Of the dozen players signed, only punter Jed Barnett, tailback Damien Williams and receiver LaColtan Bester have been key contributors. Tight end Brannon Green and defensive back Kass Everett have helped out.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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