New Defense and New Quarterback are Main Keys for Oklahoma

By jameskelleher


Tim Heitman- USA Today Sports

After a 10-3 finish, this past 2012 season and an 8-1 record in the Big 12 the Oklahoma Sooners are finally beginning their rise to the peak of college football. However, a huge draft class has left the Oklahoma Sooners this past year and there is a lot of replacing to do. The quarterback position is at the top of their list. Landry Jones is now gone and the Sooners have turned their attention to Blake Bell, a 6’6 254-pound sophomore out of Kansas. Although Bell has unreal size for a QB, inexperience is a concern for the Sooner faithful. In his career, Bell has thrown for just 115 yards with one interception with a mere 20 attempts as a college Quarterback.

The Sooners have also been met with the challenge of filling huge holes in their defense. DE/DT Chuka Ndulue, LB Corey Nelson and CB Aaron Colvin will be expected to provide experience and leadership as a young inexperienced defensive faces a tough and explosive Big-12 schedule.

There is no denying that the Oklahoma Sooners have a lot of work to do in order to follow up an impressive 2012 season. If having to play a Big 12 schedule wasn’t tough enough, they will be faced with the challenge of sculpting Quarterback Blake Bell into being an everyday starter after getting barely any playing time as a freshman. In addition to the Quarterback position, the Sooners defensive-coaching staff will be busy filling holes in the trenches. Size will be a huge advantage I expect the Sooners to take advantage of. If the Sooners can somehow take care of the QB position and the gaps in their defensive, they will not only be a contender in the Big 12, but the BCS as well.

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