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Oklahoma Sooners 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 23
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 8

The Oklahoma Sooners had a rough 2009 season. Losing quarterback Sam Bradford early in the year crippled the team, and forced them to suffer through an up and down season. The Sooners lost a lot of talent from last year’s squad, including Bradford, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and offensive tackle Trent Williams (3 of the top 4 picks in the draft).

Bradford’s injury may have been a blessing in disguise though. Landry Jones played in 11 games and gained invaluable experience. He was not always great, but saved his best play for the Sun Bowl in which he threw for 418 yards and three touchdowns. His top receiver, Ryan Broyles, returns after setting a school record with 89 catches in 2009. Dejuan Miller and Brandon Caleb give the Sooners good depth at receiver. The team’s second leading receiver from last year is this year’s starting running back, Demarco Murray. Murray ran for 705 yards and caught another 522 in his junior season. There is a long list of talented backs behind him, making Oklahoma one of the deepest teams in the country at the skill positions. The offensive line will start four players with starting experience. The only player without starting experience, left tackle Donald Stephenson, was suspended last season for off the field reasons. Stephenson plays the most important position on the line so it is vital that he produce right away.

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Oklahoma’s defense was tremendous last season, keeping them in every game but one. A lot of their close losses can be pinned on the offense, not the defense. End Jeremy Beal led the team with 11 sacks and returns opposite Frank Alexander. Defensive tackle Adrian Taylor has started every game for the past two seasons and provides continuity in the middle. Linebacker Travis Lewis has the same starting streak, and provides leadership to young linebackers Tom Wort and Ronnell Lewis. The Sooners have two first year cornerbacks starting in Demontre Hurst and Jamell Fleming. They will be helped out by free safety Quinton Carter who was second on the team in tackles and tied for first in interceptions.

The Sooners have a tough schedule this season with out of conference games against Florida State, Air Force and Cincinnati. There is so much talent in Norman though, that Oklahoma will surely make a bowl game and challenge for the Big 12 title.

Oklahoma’s odds to win the Big 12: + 125

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