- Jake Trotter, ESPN Staff Writer
Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.
1. A crazy stat I heard on the radio yesterday: even if he goes in the middle of the second round tonight, Ronnell Lewis could wind up being the first defensive player from the Big 12 taken in the draft (that played in the Big 12 in 2011 since West Virginia's Bruce Irvin went No. 15 to Seattle). Alabama, meanwhile, alone had four defensive players go in the first round. The way the Big 12 has played defense lately, should we be surprised? The draft underscores that the talent is on the offensive side of the ball in the league.
2. The last time an Oklahoma State coach got chippy with the Sooners, his team lost 52-9. But what OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken said this week about Landry Jones was far more egregious than anything Les Miles ever said. I'm sure that quote has already found its way to Norman, and will be posted all over the OU locker room come Bedlam this November.
3. Speaking of OSU, the Cowboys named true freshman Wes Lunt its starting QB for the fall. I was slightly surprised by this. I thought the Pokes might go with redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh, who had another year in the OSU offense. That would have given them the option to turn to Lunt should Walsh have struggled. But now, there's no turning anywhere. Lunt is the guy. And, as OU fans know from 2009, winning in the Big 12 with a true freshman QB is a tough task. OSU should be better for it in the long run, especially 2013 when Collin Klein, Landry Jones and Seth Doege will have all graduated. But the Cowboys could experience some growing pains the same way OU did three years ago when Jones quarterbacked the Sooners to an 8-5 record.
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