Chat wrap: Roy Finch a receiver for now
SoonerNation writer Jake Trotter chatted with readers on Monday about Oklahoma football and recruiting. Here's the full transcript. If you didn't get your question answered, send it to the SoonerNation mailbag.
Here are a few highlights from the chat:
Derrikk (AR.): Do you ever see Roy Finch ever playing RB again for the Sooners?
Jake Trotter: That's interesting. I think he could still get spot carries at RB this season. If there's an injury to Whaley, they'll likely move Finch back. But they've clearly been frustrated with him in protecting the QB, something OU values in its RBs. I could see Finch ending up back at RB, but they want this slot experiment to work out. It's a chance to get Finch on the field, get the ball in his hands in the open field, without the pass protecting responsibilities.
John (Grandfield, OK): Stoops mention some freshman that WILL play. Does that mean the others are all redshirted? I had heard some good things about Alex Ross from Jenks, and him potentially returning kick offs.
Jake Trotter: Alex Ross is the only one Stoops didn't mention that I think could still avoid redshirt. That said, where would he play? Dom Whaley, Brennan Clay and Damien Williams along with Trey Millard and Blake Bell are going to eat up all of the carries. If Ross didn't redshirt, all he'd be getting would be mop-up time. Is that worth pulling his redshirt? That's something the coaches will deliberate on.
tim (bastrop, tx): what are the chances that we have a dominating front 4 on the defensive line?
Jake Trotter: I don't see this as being a dominating defensive line. You usually need a Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy or Tommie Harris to have a dominating defensive line. But if the veterans play like they can, this could be a very solid defensive line.
Derrin (Plano, TX): I've heard some so-called experts remark that Landry Jones doesn't move or throw well outside the pocket. Do you agree? And how realistic is it to expect him to improve with his unorthodox throwing motion?
Jake Trotter: Yes, I agree. Landry would agree, too. That's why he spent two weeks with QB guru George Whitfield, to improve his footwork and playmaking outside the pocket. It's been noticeably better this preseason. We'll find out Saturday if it's noticeably better in games, too.
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