In only 10 weeks the Oklahoma Sooners will play their Spring football game. And with National Signing Day approaching the timetable for the Sooners coaching staff to begin to assemble preliminary depth charts is getting close. College football will be here before we know it. The Sooners Spring Game will be Saturday, April 13th at Gaylord Memorial Stadium. There have been some losses on both sides of the football, and there are questions about just who will fill those roles. So with that, here’s my initial look at what a depth chart for offense and defense may look like for the Spring game.
Quarterback-Don’t believe the rumors, this is Bell’s team. But with this 3-deep, you can bet the offense will be switching to more of a dual threat offense.
Starter-Blake Bell Backups-Trevor Knight, Kendal Thompson Redshirt-Cody Thomas
Running Backs-I really hope to see Williams shoulder more of the load in the run game, as he’s far and away the most talented of this group.
Starter-Damien Williams Backups-Brennan Clay, Roy Finch, Alex Ross
Fullbacks-Millard considered a jump to the NFL, but he’s returned for another year. His role in a new offense is yet to be determined, but he’s too talented not to get on the field.
Starter-Trey Millard Backup-Aaron Ripkowski
Wide Receivers-This is an interesting group because they are small and quick and athletic. No real deep threats of the starters, but lots of talent.
Starters-Jalen Saunders, Justin Brown, Sterling Shepard Backups-Trey Metoyer, Durron Neal, Jaz Reynolds
Tight Ends-The tight end position won’t be a focus of the offense this year, but Green is an excellent blocker and sneaky good receiving target.
Starter-Brannon Green Backup-Taylor McNamara
Offensive Line-This line looks to improve as it only needs to really replace one starter. Newcomer St. John could plug in at RT and start right away.
Starters-Tyrus Thompson, Adam Shead, Austin Woods, Bronson Irwin, Josiah St. John Backups-Ty Darlington, Derek Farniok, Nila Kasitati
Defensive Line-The defensive tackle depth chart was cleaned out by graduation so Phillips and Williams will need to get up to speed in a hurry. If the Sooners switch to a 3-4 as suspected, Ndulue and Grissom will likely be OLBs and Wade would join Phillips on the line with the third spot wide open.
Starters-Chuka Ndulue, Jordan Phillips, Damon Williams, Geneo Grissom Backups-Jordan Wade, Mike Onuoha
Linebackers-For most of the season the Sooners only started two linebackers and with this group that may be the case this year, unless Franklin and Shannon prove too good to keep off the field. Again a switch to the 3-4 would mean some of the undersized defense ends would slid back to outside linebacker and the remaining linebackers would compete for the 2 inside spots.
Starters-Corey Nelson, Aaron Franklin, Frank Shannon Backups-PL Lindley, Eric Striker
Defensive Backs-A nice mix of experience and youth here comprise the strongest unit of the defense. Expect Byrd to see the field early as a freshman.
Starters-Aaron Colvin, Gabe Lynn, Gary Simon, Zach Sanchez Backups-Hatari Byrd, Dominique Alexander