Chat leftovers: Backup QB battle

February, 14, 2012
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SoonerNation writer Jake Trotter chatted with readers Monday. Here's the full transcript. If you didn't get your question answered, send it to Jake's mailbag to be published on Friday.

Here are a few highlights from the chat:

Junior (Oklahoma City): If Landry Jones get injured who do the sooners go with Allen, Bell or Thompson? Why?

Jake Trotter: If Landry got hurt tomorrow, Drew Allen would be the QB. If Landry got hurt in August, who knows? Could be Blake Bell if his passing continues to improve. Kendal Thompson has some potential, but he has a ways to go in terms of learning the offense to catch up with Allen or Bell.

Deeann (Dallas): How will team compensate without Ryan Broyles?

Jake Trotter: You can't replace a Ryan Broyles with one player. OU will try to do it with several, including a host of talented newcomers. There's enough talent on this offense to score 40-plus a game next season.

Josh (Lizard Lick): With the hiring of Mike Stoops, will there be any difference in the defense this upcoming year (i.e. blitz more/less, press coverage/zone)

Jake Trotter: I expect Mike Stoops to simplify the secondary coverages significantly next season. There's no question OU's DBs at times looked like they had no idea what they were supposed to be doing at times. Guys like Derrick Strait have told me that Mike preaches simplicity back there so guys can focus more on playing instead of thinking. The rest of the defense should be fairly similar.

Joshua (Houston): Do you think Daniel Brooks ends up as a DB or does he make headway at RB? Based on his film he looks like he has Trey Franks speed with Roy Finch elusiveness...

Jake Trotter: I think the Sooners will give him a look in the slot initially, but it's very possible he gets moved to corner ultimately. Brooks has world class speed... I could see him becoming a return specialist as well. The Sooners could really use somebody like that.

Derrin (Plano, TX): Will the offensive line improve this year and be able to consistently open holes for the running game? The unit has been average at best since the Loadholt and Joseph line a few years back?

Jake Trotter: I believe this group has the chance to be OU's best since the '08 line. Four starters are back, including three multi-year starters. Adam Shead is a rising star, and brings physicality to the run game. The key will be the tackles. Can Lane Johnson make a seamless switch to LT? Can somebody like Daryl Williams emerge at RT?

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