Oklahoma Sooners Football Season Preview History
2011 Oklahoma Football Preview:
Head Coach Bob Stoops has adequately followed the footsteps in Norman of Barry Switzer and Bud Wilkinson, only two of the most successful collegiate coaches in the history of college football. With four National Championship appearances over the past decade (and one win), 2011 looks to be another strong season, with 22 players returning who have started for OU at some time.
The most important returning Sooner is junior quarterback Landry Jones, who already holds the school record for most completions overall, and looks to break more records this season. He will look to break them with senior wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who also has a few sooner records under his belt. While these two are singing their swan songs to Norman before hitting the NFL market, the youth movement is underfoot, especially in the backfield. True freshman Brandon Williams and sophomore Brennan Clay are tailback phenoms, and will look to split the workload in a high-octane offense.
Defensively, the Sooners are even more stacked, with 13 of those 22 returning players who have starting experience on this side of the ball. After losing All-Big 12 cornerback Jamell Fleming due to academic issues, however, the secondary is getting made-up on the fly. Junior Demontre Hurst is the ensconced starter, but the secondary starting spot is up for grabs, but most likely to be snatched by sophomore Gabe Lynn. Up front, players like juniors Stacy McGee and juniors Stacy McGee and Casey Walker will look to clamp down on the Big-12 offenses, along with senior linebacker Travis Lewis and sophomore Tom Wort backing them up.
2010 Oklahoma Football Preview:
Oklahoma was thrust into turmoil last season when the Sooners' Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Sam Bradford, went down in the first game of the season and it was up to true freshman Landry Jones to right the ship. Jones did an admirable job but, despite a Sun Bowl win, Oklahoma finished a disappointing 8-5.
The amount of experience Jones accumulated last year may have paid dividends heading into the season. Bradford bolted for the NFL and the offensive success rests largely on Jones' arm. If he can maintain the number of touchdowns he threw in 2009 (26), while cutting down on interceptions (14), he should avoid a sophomore slump.
Jones also has the advantage of having a talented running back to help carry the load in senior DeMarco Murray. The speedy back has scored 45 touchdowns in his three years in Norman. Junior Ryan Broyles provides an explosive target at wide receiver as well.
The Sooner defense was one of the best in the nation last year, and although it lost outstanding tackle Gerald McCoy to the NFL and five others to graduation, they have a wealth of talent to fill all the holes.
Depending on how Oklahoma survives early tests from Florida State and Cincinnati, fans can expect the Sooners to be back on top of the Big 12 South in 2010.
2009 Oklahoma Football Preview:
Head Coach: Bob Stoops
The 2009 Oklahoma Sooners received some of the best news of the year before even playing their first game. That is because their Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford announced he was returning to OU for another season. Behind Bradford and stud running back DeMarco Murray, the Oklahoma offense should pick up right where it left off in 2008. So the key to success in 2009 for OU will be Head Coach Bob Stoops once again working his magic on defense. If Stoops can get the Sooners defense playing lights out, then OU could roll through the tough Big 12 to earn a birth in Pasadena.
2008 Oklahoma Football Preview:
Head Coach: Bob Stoops
The Oklahoma Sooners are returning in 2008 fresh off of a Big 12 Conference championship. Head Coach Bob Stoops has been pushing all the right buttons in Oklahoma, molding a top-notch team since he signed in 1999. His Sooners have a record of 97-22 over the last ten years, besting every Football Bowl Subdivision school. The Sooners are looking strong heading into the 2008 season, and are aimed to win another Big 12 Conference championship if they play their cards right.
Most notably, the Sooners sport the best offensive line in the country this season, meaning that they are going to get the ball downfield. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma's returning quarterback, is said to be the top signal caller in the country, and again that means the boys from Oklahoma are going to get the ball moving. Although the team plays a tough schedule this year, Bradford and the boys will step up the play, and OU's defense should surprise many to clench those tough games. Get out and see this star team in action!