It was football day in Norman yesterday. Beautiful weather, wonderful scenery and of course the Sooners playing football.
There are still a lot of questions to be answered about who will rightfully own which position come Fall, but there were quite a few stand-outs.
I don’t know if it was the picture perfect Spring weather or not, but the crowd yesterday was somewhat lethargic. That is until a surprise breakout run from a walk-on running back.
Yes a walk on. Dom Whaley wowed the crowd with a 40 yard run yesterday. I know I was asking myself who the heck this kid was. Whaley had 10 carries and a total of 65 yards. More than any of the other running backs I was anxious to see. The RB spot is wide open at this point, though I still feel it will fall into the hands of Roy Finch, who did well behind DeMarco Murray last season.
No surprise here, I was impressed with the defense. Tom Wort, Aaron Colvin, and Gabe Lynn really stood out to yesterday. The defense seemed to have definitely tightened up and the secondary looked pretty legit.
Veteran Linebacker Travis Lewis was quoted saying,
“OU’s defense â€œhopefully (will be) amazing, great, awesome. Everything in between. The sky’s the limit for this team. If we keep making strides in the right direction, at the end of the day we’re going to be a great defense.â€
I heard a couple people mention concern over QB Landry Jones. I for one, am not worried. I didn’t expect the kid to come out Sam Bradford-esqe and be drastically improved. They are all learning new plays and he wasnt actually the QB coaches were looking at. They are looking for their number 2 guy, not a replacement starter. And if we are going off Spring Game performance, Drew Allen is the guy.
Allen’s numbers ended up being 16 out of 29 completions and 179 yards. He was taking chances and producing plays, and for a Spring game, you can’t ask for much more. He had one turnover which was an interception by Aaron Colvin. He definitely stepped up and proved he wants the job. Blake Bell was by no means a disappointment, completing 10 out of 19 and throwing a 17 yard touchdown to Trey Franks.
A couple of sideline spottings- former Kansas Jayhawks coach, Mark Mangino and Former Sooner and current Cincinnati Bengal Roy Williams. And maybe it was my eyes playing tricks on me, but I thought I saw another Rich Rod sighting.
All in all, I thought it was a pretty successful showing. Not all the pegs are in place yet, but they will be. Now keeping the players heads out of the “Sooners are number 1″ hype from the media is the next big hurdle.
The final score was Red Team 20 – White Team 14.