College basketball is heading down the home stretch, college baseball has started, but let’s not forget (I know many of you aren’t) that spring practice is already getting underway across the country. We will handle spring previews for every Big 12 football team and roll them out based on when their respective spring practices begin. Next up is the Oklahoma Sooners who will start up spring practice on Monday March 22nd. Here are my three questions for Oklahoma heading into spring ball.
1. Running Back
Even though Rhamondre Stevenson is gone, the Sooners will get back Kennedy Brooks whop opted out of the 2020 season. Brooks was a back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher in 2018 and 2019 before sitting out the 2020 season. What will he look like in 2021? Also, Seth McGowan is back as well after rushing for 370 yards and three touchdowns on 58 carries as a true freshman last season. Of course, the Sooners added Tennessee transfer Eric Gray in the offseason as well. Will Oklahoma have a three headed rushing attack or will veteran Kennedy Brooks rush for another 1,000-yard season in 2021? The spring should help sort out the pecking order in the backfield.
2. Offensive Line
Under Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, the Sooners have been strong up front over the years. However, last season they took a small step back from previous years. If there is one thing about coach Bedenbaugh it is that he will play the five best players to start. There will be a battle at left tackle that includes returning starter Eric Swenson or others such as Anton Harrison, Stacey Wilkins, or Tennessee transfer Wanya Morris. Right tackle could be the best of what’s left of the left side between the four payers just mentioned.
Perhaps the biggest hole is left by center Creed Humphrey who is off to the NFL. It could be fifth year player Ian McIver, UCLA transfer Chris Murray or true freshman Andrew Raym. Marquis Robinson and Tyrese Robinson have plenty of experience at the guard spots but that doesn’t necessarily mean their jobs are safe either.
Tre Brown was a staple at corner as well as Woodi Washington who took over midseason. But with Brown gone, that leaves an empty space to be filled. D.J Graham saw some action last season as well as Jaden Davis, Joshua Eaton and Latrell McCutchin. It will certainly be an interesting battle at cornerback but don’t be surprised to see a rotation during the season with several player rotating.
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