Speaking to the media on Tuesday, head coach Bob Stoops listed a handful of newcomers that could potentially see the field for the Sooners this season.
On the offensive side of the ball, running back Keith Ford and wide receivers Austin Bennett and Dannon Cavil, all true freshmen, were projected to receive playing time by Stoops. In addition, junior college offensive linemen Tony Feo, Dionte Savage and Josiah St. John were also cited to provide depth and possibly shore up special teams.
With the loss of seven starters on defense, there are plenty of spots to be filled.
True freshmen defensive linemen Matt Dimon, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Charles Walker will vie for opportunities along with junior college transfer Quincy Russell. D.J. Ward, out following surgery to remove his spleen, could also see the field if he heals well, according to Stoops. The linebacking corps could see action from Dominique Alexander and Jordan Evans, while in the secondary, Stoops mentioned cornerbacks Dakota Austin, L.J. Moore and Stanvon Taylor and safeties Hatari Byrd and Ahmad Thomas.
Replacing Tress Way, the school record holder with a career average of 44.0 yards per kick, will be no easy task, but Stoops has been impressed with junior college transfer Jed Barnett as the top man for the job. At Laney College last year, Barnett averaged 41.3 yards on his 65 punts, landing 14 inside the 20-yard line.
OU Fan Plan For 2013 Home Games
Fans attending University of Oklahoma Football home contests should begin planning now to ensure they are fully prepared for stadium policy changes and construction on I-35 that will impact them. The Sooners begin their home schedule with a 6 p.m. kickoff vs. Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, Aug. 31.
Aside from approved medical devices and family care items (diapers, formula, etc. in a bag 10”x10” or smaller), the only personal items that will be allowed into the stadium are women’s purses smaller than 10”x10” and empty, clear plastic bottles (for drinking water).
In addition, a major reconstruction project is currently underway on the I-35 corridor in Norman that will have a major impact on game day traffic flow. The I-35/Main Street Bridge interchange is being completely replaced, meaning there is no egress to or from I-35 to Main Street. Fans are strongly encouraged to plan alternate routes to their parking destination in advance. Extra time should be allowed for both arrival to and departure from the stadium.
Heading southbound on I-35, fans are encouraged to exit no further south than Tecumseh Road and take either Highway 77 or Tecumseh Road as alternate routes. For those traveling northbound, the South Canadian River Bridge just south of Norman on I-35 is in the midst of a widening project. Northbound fans should anticipate congestion and delays in this area. Fans are strongly encouraged to allow extra travel time to and from the stadium and determine alternate routes in advance.
Top Team of All-Time
Using rankings from the Associated Press, which date back to 1936, CollegeFootballNews.com tabbed Oklahoma as the top team of all-time.
According to the site, “CFN came up with a scoring system to compare and contrast how the programs finished over the decades. Every time a team finished No. 1 in the final poll, it got 25 points. The No. 2 team got 24 points, No. 3 got 23 points, and so on with the No. 25 team getting one point.”
OU stood atop the poll with 953 points, fending off Michigan (943), Ohio State (927), Alabama (923) and Notre Dame (918).
The Sooners have been ranked No. 1 more than any team in college football. The Sooners also own the most weeks in the Top 2, the Top 5 and the Top 10. OU has finished No. 1 in the final poll and crowned national champions by the AP seven times.
Oklahoma has been ranked in 69 percent of all weekly AP polls -- more than half the time in the top 10 and one-third of the time in the top five. OU has been ranked among the top two teams in the nation in nearly 20 percent of the polls and ranked the No. 1 team in the nation in 10 percent of the polls.
Jones Throws First NFL Touchdown
Playing under the lights of Monday Night Football, former OU quarterback Landry Jones made his second appearance of the preseason at quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers last night and threw the first touchdown pass of his professional career.
Jones, who was drafted in the fourth round earlier this year, threw for 111 yards on 9-of-22 passing and found the end zone in the fourth quarter. Facing a fourth-and-one at the Washington 10, Jones faked the handoff before drifting back and finding Derek Moye, who caught the pass around the four-yard line and made his way in for the score.
In two preseason games, Jones is 14-31 passing for 159 yards and a touchdown as he hopes to crack the Steelers’ 53-man roster.Jones finished his career as Oklahoma’s leader in most major categories, including career pass attempts, completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns.