Monday, August 13, 2012
Triple Option: Stars of the scrimmage
By Jake Trotter
Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.
1. In just a couple of weeks, things are looking up atthe receiver position. Like, way up. Despite the graduation of All-American Ryan Broyles, suspensions to veterans Jaz Reynolds and Trey Franks and the dismissal of Kameel Jackson, the WR position has been one of the strongest through the first two weeks of camp. Penn State transfer Justin Brown is vying for a starting role, Trey Metoyer has carried over his strong spring into the fall and other freshmen such as slot receiver Sterling Shepard appear ready to contribute immediately. Should Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders, who reeled in more than 1,000 yards receiving last season, get a waiver from the NCAA to play right away, look out. This could be OU's deepest WR corps since 2008.
2.Blake Bell is really beginning to assert himself as the team's No. 2 quarterback. He and Saunders were two of the stars in Saturday's scrimmage, connecting on a long touchdown. Bell and Saunders hooked up for another TD. The Belldozer has also been unstoppable so far in camp. The Sooners have yet to name a No. 2 QB. But if they do before the season starts, look for it to be Bell.
3. Much has been made of OU's offensive freshmen, such as Shepard, Metoyer, Durron Neal, center Ty Darlington, tight end Taylor McNamara and running back Alex Ross. But two defensive freshmen have really impressed, too: LB Eric Striker and CB Gary Simon. Striker is probably a year or two away from seeing regular time at LB. But he can run and he can hit, and the Sooners will ask him to be a factor on special teams. Simon is still raw, but he has a lot of natural feel for the CB position. It wouldn't stun anyone in Norman if he became the No. 3 CB this season, behind starters Demontre Hurst and Aaron Colvin. After all, both Hurst and Colvin filled the role of No. 3 CB as true freshmen as well.