With less than a week left until the Oklahoma Sooners‘ annual spring game, more and more buzz is starting to build as to what the fans are expecting to see.
To begin with, fans and the media are all ready to see how the quarterback position plays out. I’ve said since the end of last season that the starting position is Blake Bell‘s to lose, and reports out of camp are finally starting to lean in that direction.
The threat of another quarterback jumping in and taking the starting spot – whether it was smoke or not – has Bell pushing his case harder. With that said, still seeing what Trevor Knight and Kendall Thompson are working with will be something to watch.
Checking out the defensive backfield is another highlight fans are looking forward to seeing. The Sooners lost three big play-makers but still have several left on the roster. Aaron Colvin will now likely take over as the leader of the backfield, but he will need some of his fellow teammates to step-up and help lead this unit.
Arizona transfer, Cortez Johnson is said to be impressing, but defensive coordinator Mike Stoops says he is still playing inconsistently. The Sooners do have a few players that won’t be on campus until Fall workouts that could be instant impact players on the depth chart.
Getting to watch the new coaching staff in a game-like situation for the first time together is one of the biggest highlights – at least for me it is. The former staff had been together for so long, that seeing so many new faces on the sidelines at once will be a welcome change.
The scoring format for the game will virtually be exactly the same as it was last year. Head coach Bob Stoops changed the format from drafting teams to an offense versus defense scheme. The offense will get the traditional points for touchdowns, extra points and field goals. The defense will get six points for a defensive touchdown, two points for three-and-outs and three for turnovers, missed field goals and fourth down conversions.
For those of you who can’t make it to the game, it will be televised on Fox Sports regionally. You can also catch the game on SoonerSports.tv from a live stream. Apparently there will be two hours of pregame stuff as well.