Commentary

Longhorns have holes on D

RB Murray, DE/OLB Kindle will be key for their respective units

Originally Published: October 15, 2009
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
The offense Oklahoma will put on the field against Texas is a shell of the one we expected to see coming into the season. The Sooners are running out of wide receivers thanks to injury, the offensive line is a mess, and QB Sam Bradford seems as comfortable throwing to his starting receivers as he would be throwing to the frat guys playing intramurals in Norman on Wednesday nights.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson has his hands full game-planning against a Longhorns defense that ranks fourth in the nation in total defense. There are, however, a couple of under-the-radar personnel points that give the Sooners' offense some hope on Saturday. Here's a look:

[+] EnlargeDeMarco Murray
Steve Mitchell/US PresswireDeMarco Murray could very well find the end zone via the passing game against Texas.

Murray in the slot

Now that Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray is fully healthy after last season's knee injury, Wilson is taking full advantage of his star back's versatility. Take last week's win at Baylor, for example. Murray carried the ball 24 times for 107 yards and caught three passes for another 36 yards. Those 27 touches are the most Murray has had in a single game during his career. While three catches don't jump off the stat sheet, Murray's increased role at wide receiver certainly grabbed my attention.

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