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2014 OKLAHOMA SOONERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

June 22, 2014
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2014 Oklahoma Sooners football preview 

Oklahoma Sooners (1977 - Pres)

Coach : Bob Stoops 160-39, 14 years 

Offenses coordinators: Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell 

Defensive coordinator: Mike Stoops 

Last League title: 2010 

Returning starters: 14, four offense, eight defense, kicker and punter

 

OFFENSE:

Scoring: 32.8

Rushing: 223.9

Passing: 199.1

Total offense: 423.0

 

DEFENSE:

Scoring: 22.1

Rushing: 137.6

Passing: 212.5

Total Defense: 350.2


Oklahoma Sooners (0 - Pres) 

Oklahoma won 11 games last season and tied for second in the conference after going 7-2.  In the Sugar Bowl Oklahoma pounded Alabama 45-31. If the Sooners plan on making it to the next level the offense will have to figure out several personnel changes and look for a new identity. In the meantime the defense should be the strength of this team. 

Trevor Knight will be the quarterback in 2014. In Oklahoma’s win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, night through four 348 yards and four touchdowns. Night will have a lot of support in the passing game as a receiver Sterling Shepard returns as one of the conference’s top receivers. Shepard had 51 catches for 603 yards and seven touchdowns last season. TE Taylor McNamara, Issac Ijalana and Blake Bell round out a talented receiving corps. Oklahoma has always been known for having talented running backs Keith Ford will be this year’s go to guy but he does fumble the football too much. Alex Ross is an extremely talented running back but at times gets too emotional. Freshman Joe Mixon has been regarded as one of the nation’s top high school running backs and may see time this season. The line at Oklahoma could be one of the best they’ve had in several years. Tackles Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams have 40 starts between them. Guards Adam Shead and Nila Kasitati have started 35 combined games.

 Oklahoma Sooners (1967 - Pres)

Oklahoma’s defense has found new life under Mike Stoops. The Sooners attack more and put constant pressure on the opposing quarterback. Oklahoma led the conference in total defense giving up just 350 yards per game and 22 points. Nine starters return from last year’s team. The front seven may be as good as anyone in the country and could be better if tackle Jordan Wade returns healthy from back surgery. Ends Charles Tapper had 49 tackles and 5 ½ sacks, teammate Chuka  Ndulue had 42 tackles and 2 ½ sacks. Geneo Grissom will move to linebacker after having two sacks two fumble recoveries and a touchdown in last year’s bowl win. He will be joined by Eric Striker who had 50 tackles and 6 ½ sacks last season. Striker also had three sacks against Alabama. Dominique Alexander was named the conferences defensive newcomer of the year after registering 80 tackles in 2013. The secondary will return three starters including Zach Sanchez who emerged as one of the conference’s top young cornerbacks. Sanchez will be joined by Julian Wilson and Quentin Hayes.  

Many are picking Oklahoma to win this year’s national championship. If the offense finds its identity fast enough Oklahoma will certainly be favored to win the Big 12. Until that time, the defense should be able to carry the load. Oklahoma’s early schedule is very favorable with home games against Louisiana Tech and Tennessee and a road contest at Tulsa. Oklahoma’s first real test may come on the road at West Virginia on September 20th.

2014 ROSTER

 

No. Sort by Number
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Hometown (Prev School)
1   Alexander, Dominique LB 6-0 219 So. Tulsa, Okla. (Booker T. Washington HS)
   Alvarez, Jonathan G 6-3 301 Fr. Mesquite, Texas (Horn HS)
   Andrews, Mark WR 6-6 220 Fr. Scottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain HS)
27   Austin, Dakota CB 5-11 162 So. Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster HS)
44   Barnett, Jed P 6-2 221 Sr. Camas, Wash. (Laney College)
10   Bell, Blake TE 6-6 258 RSr. Wichita, Kan. (Bishop Carroll HS)
8   Bennett, Austin WR 6-0 165 So. Manvel, Texas (Manvel HS)
85   Bennett, Joshua TE 6-4 222 Fr. Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound HS)
   Bolton, Curtis LB 6-2 215 Fr. Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta HS)
5   Bond, Devante LB 6-1 235 Jr. Roseville, Calif. (Sierra CC)
84   Bothun, GrantClick here to hear it WR 5-11 191 Jr. Rowlett, Texas (Rowlett HS)
46   Braught, Jack K 6-2 182 So. Duncan, Okla. (Duncan HS)
82   Briggs, Dylan TE 6-1 173 Unk Choctaw, Okla. (Choctaw High School)
34   Brooks, Daniel RB 5-8 182 RSo. Port Lavaca, Texas (Calhoun HS)
   Brown, Orlando T 6-8 340 Fr. Duluth, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge HS)
4   Byrd, HatariClick here to hear it S 6-1 201 So. Fresno, Calif. (Central East HS)
7   Cavil, DannonClick here to hear it WR 6-4 215 RFr. San Antonio, Texas (James Madison HS)
88   Chancellor, Cody WR 6-1 181 So. Oklahoma City, Okla. (Bishop McGuinness HS)
42   Cotton, Cameron CB 5-11 196 Fr. Tulsa, Okla. (Union High School)
   Curtis, Natrell G 6-3 325 Fr. Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe HS)
70   Daimler, ChristianClick here to hear it T 6-7 286 RFr. Houston, Texas (Stratford HS)
   Dalton, Alex C 6-4 280 Fr. Troy, Ohio (Troy HS)
56   Darlington, Ty C 6-2 290 Jr. Apopka, Fla. (Apopka HS)
90   Dimon, MattClick here to hear it DE 6-2 257 So. Katy, Texas (Katy HS)
49   Driskill, David DE 6-1 252 Sr. Oklahoma City, Okla. (Casady HS)
26   Evans, Jordan LB 6-3 223 So. Norman, Okla. (Norman North HS)
   Evans, Tay LB 6-2 200 Fr. Allen, Texas (Allen HS)
75   Evans, Tyler G 6-5 336 RSr. Strafford, Mo. (Strafford HS)
72   Farniok, DerekClick here to hear it T 6-9 330 RJr. Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington HS)
29   Favors, RashodClick here to hear it DE 6-1 270 RSr. Fort Worth, Texas (Dunbar HS)
53   Feo, TonyClick here to hear it G 6-3 296 RSr. Pago Pago, American Samoa (Fullerton College)
36   Flowers, Dimitri FB 6-1 241 Fr. San Antonio, Texas (Churchill HS)
21   Ford, Keith RB 5-11 211 So. Cypress, Texas (Cypress Ranch HS)
25   Franklin, Aaron LB 6-1 226 RSr. Marshall, Texas (Marshall HS)
58   Frazier, Chase DT 5-11 291 RFr. Grapevine, Texas (Grapevine HS)
   Frison, KenyonClick here to hear it T 6-6 285 Fr. Salt Lake City, Utah (Granger HS)
   Garnett, Courtney DT 6-2 285 Fr. New Orleans, La. (Saint Augustine HS)
76   Grant, Sam T 6-7 273 RSo. North Royalton, Ohio (St. Edward HS)
   Green, Marcus CB 6-1 180 Fr. Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill HS)
85   Grissom, GeneoClick here to hear it DE 6-4 257 RSr. Hutchinson, Kan. (Hutchinson HS)
4   Hansen, Justice QB 6-3 213 Fr. Edmond, Okla. (Santa Fe HS)
65   Hardaway, Nick G 6-2 310 So. Moore, Okla. (Westmoore HS)
64   Hartsook, DylanClick here to hear it G 6-5 306 RSo. Midwest City, Okla. (Choctaw HS)
10   Hayes, Quentin S 6-0 189 Sr. Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster HS)
39   Hodgson, Nick K 6-2 197 Sr. N. Richland Hills, Texas (N. Richland Hills HS)
   Horky, Wesley LS 6-2 215 Fr. Brentwood, Tenn. (Ravenwood HS)
47   Hosek, EricClick here to hear it K 5-10 157 RJr. Sherman, Texas (Sherman HS)
52   Hughes, John-Philip G 6-3 276 RJr. Tulsa, Okla. (Edison HS)
18   Hunnicutt, Michael K 6-1 178 RSr. Richardson, Texas (Pearce HS)
43   Hunter, Ruben LB 6-1 200 So. Oklahoma City, Okla. (Putnam City North HS)
80   Ijalana, IsaacClick here to hear it TE 6-4 250 So. Mount Holly, N.J. (Pierce College)
22   Johnson, Cortez CB 6-2 207 RJr. New Orleans, La. (Arizona)
54   Kasitati, NilaClick here to hear it G 6-4 315 RJr. Euless, Texas (Trinity HS)
86   Kitchens, Brandon S 5-11 155 RSo. Jenks, Okla. (Jenks HS)
89   Knight, Connor TE 6-4 233 RSo. San Antonio, Texas (Reagan HS)
9   Knight, Trevor QB 6-1 202 RSo. San Antonio, Texas (Reagan HS)
30   LaGrone, Thaddeus S 6-1 200 So. Allen, Texas (Allen HS)
40   Lindley, P.L. LB 6-2 262 RJr. Round Rock, Texas (Stony Point HS)
6   Mayfield, Baker QB 6-2 215 So. Austin, Texas (Texas Tech)
88   McNamara, Taylor TE 6-5 247 RSo. San Diego, Calif. (Westview HS)
   McQuinnie, Vontre S 6-1 204 Fr. DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto HS)
   Mead, Jeffery WR 6-6 190 Fr. Tulsa, Okla. (Union HS)
   Meier, Carson TE 6-6 235 Fr. Tulsa, Okla. (Union HS)
   Mixon, Joe RB 6-2 216 Fr. Oakley, Calif. (Freedom HS)
98   Ndulue, ChukaClick here to hear it DT 6-3 282 RSr. Dallas, Texas (Dallas Jesuit Prep)
5   Neal, DurronClick here to hear it WR 5-11 200 Jr. St. Louis, Mo. (De Smet Jesuit HS)
66   Nolan, Riley G 6-0 274 RSo. Norman, Okla. (Missouri Southern State)
60   Northcutt, Brendan LS 6-7 229 So. Frisco, Texas (Frisco HS)
82   Okoronkwo, OgbonniaClick here to hear it LB 6-1 243 RFr. Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor HS)
84   Onuoha, MikeClick here to hear it DE 6-5 255 RSo. Edmond, Okla. (Santa Fe HS)
   Orso, Dwayne DE 6-6 275 Fr. Birmingham, Ala. (Homewood HS)
39   Owens, Darius S 5-10 180 So. Yukon, Okla. (Yukon HS)
47   Palange, JoeClick here to hear it FB 6-0 228 RSo. Cleveland, Ohio (William & Mary)
   Parker, Steven S 6-1 186 Fr. Tulsa, Okla. (Jenks HS)
   Paul, Joseph T 6-4 325 Fr. New Orleans, La. (Saint Augustine HS)
   Perine, SamajeClick here to hear it RB 5-11 238 Fr. Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson HS)
94   Peterson, TorreaClick here to hear it DT 6-3 303 RSr. San Antonio, Texas (East Central HS)
80   Phillips, Jordan DT 6-6 339 RJr. Towanda, Kan. (Circle HS)
   Quick, Michiah WR 6-0 170 Fr. Fresno, Calif. (Central East HS)
48   Ripkowski, Aaron FB 6-1 259 Sr. Dayton, Texas (Dayton HS)
92   Romar, Matthew DT 6-0 280 RFr. Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial HS)
28   Ross, Alex RB 6-1 221 RSo. Jenks, Okla. (Jenks HS)
95   Russell, Quincy DT 6-4 316 Sr. San Antonio, Texas (Trinity Valley CC)
15   Sanchez, Zack CB 5-11 175 RSo. Keller, Texas (Central HS)
77   Savage, Dionte G 6-4 335 Sr. Flint, Mich. (Arizona Western )
20   Shannon, Frank LB 6-1 234 RJr. Dallas, Texas (Skyline HS)
74   Shead, AdamClick here to hear it G 6-4 331 RSr. Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill HS)
3   Shepard, Sterling WR 5-10 194 Jr. Oklahoma City, Okla. (Heritage Hall HS)
17   Smallwood, Jordan WR 6-2 218 RFr. Jenks, Okla. (Jenks HS)
25   Smith, David RB 5-10 204 RSo. Midlothian, Ill. (Bremen HS)
59   Snowden, Kane DT 6-0 252 RSo. Oklahoma City, Okla. (Westmoore HS)
55   St. John, JosiahClick here to hear it T 6-6 293 Sr. Toronto, Canada (Trinity Valley CC)
38   Steed, Jack P 6-5 215 RSo. Katy, Texas (Cinco Ranch HS)
19   Striker, Eric LB 6-0 220 Jr. Seffner, Fla. (Armwood HS)
91   Tapper, Charles DE 6-4 273 Jr. Baltimore, Md. (City College HS)
96   Tate, Mitch DE 6-4 254 RJr. Bartlesville, Okla. (Bartlesville HS)
31   Taylor, LondellClick here to hear it LB 6-0 250 RJr. Vian, Okla. (Rose State College)
6   Taylor, Stanvon CB 5-10 176 So. Tulsa, Okla. (East Central HS)
13   Thomas, Ahmad S 6-0 218 So. Miami, Fla. (Miami Central HS)
14   Thomas, Cody QB 6-4 220 RFr. Colleyville, Texas (Heritage)
   Thomas, Jordan CB 6-1 180 Fr. Klein, Texas (Klein HS)
71   Thompson, Tyrus T 6-5 330 RSr. Pflugerville, Texas (Pflugerville HS)
   Todd, Dallis WR 6-5 210 Fr. La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada HS)
33   Uhles, Jaxon TE 6-0 226 So. Norman, Okla. (Pittsburg State)
93   Wade, Jordan DT 6-4 308 RSo. Round Rock, Texas (Stony Point HS)
41   Walker, Brian CB 6-1 187 RFr. Oklahoma City, Okla. (Southmoore HS)
97   Walker, Charles DT 6-2 290 RFr. Garland, Texas (South Garland HS)
87   Ward, D.J. DE 6-2 249 RFr. Moore, Okla. (Southmoore HS)
79   Williams, Daryl T 6-6 328 RSr. Lake Dallas, Texas (Lake Dallas HS)
2   Wilson, Julian S 6-2 205 RSr. Oklahoma City, Okla. (Southmoore HS)
   Windham, Tito CB 5-9 174 Fr. Gulfport, Miss. (Harrison Central HS)
12   Woods, Derrick WR 6-1 189 RSo. Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood HS)
38   Young, Brandon CB 5-10 178 Sr. Frisco, Texas (Frisco HS)
1   Young, K.J. WR 6-0 181 RFr. Perris, Calif. (Citrus Hill HS)



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