Stephanie Kuzydym: Mike Stoops wants to 'return Oklahoma defense to what it once was'

The Oklahoman's Stephanie Kuzydym took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Modified: August 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm •  Published: August 16, 2012
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The Oklahoman's Stephanie Kuzydym took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.

Should we be worried about the run game now that the O-Line has taken a few hits? Can we expect a balanced offense or OU tend towards a more pass-heavy approach?

OU has said it multiple times this week that it's sad to see when one of their teammates gets hurt but they can't just hang up their cleats and call it a season because someone they're close to or someone they thought could produce got hurt. That's why there is a depth chart and more than 11 guys recruited for both sides of the ball. Stoops and the offensive line and even Heupel talked that they are confident the o-line will be fine and that the guys who have stepped up and filled in nicely.

As for the balance of the offense, I think with having Landry Jones at quarterback and all the talk about Kenny Stills, Trey Metoyer, Justin Brown and the freshman guys in Sterling and Durron that the pass game will be heavy. Then you have to look at the backs. You've got Dom Whaley who was the greatest college walk-on story last year and he's a running back. You have Millard who everyone loves and blocks well in the Belldozer. So I think it's best to say that Stoops has his options and I'm not sure you can expect one over the other. I'm sure it will change in what they see in their next opponent and what works best for them as a team.

Behind Whaley and Clay at running back, who else is looking good to get some touches?

Roy Finch. Definitely, Finch.


by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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