Mason Prince | Sports Anchor
We are just over a week away from Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. It is the perfect time to take a look at some of the biggest questions Bob Stoops and the OU offense will face come July 20.
Who is the QB?
Junior Trevor Knight will be the one of the three offensive players fielding questions in Dallas and the only QB. So, what does this mean? Does it mean that Knight is now the favorite to win the starting job over Baker Mayfield?
Knight may have the job but don’t look to a Media Days invite as an indication that the starting job is his. Knight attended the event last year and already has experience telling the media what Stoops wants them to hear. There have not been any clear signs as to who might win that coveted QB job, but my gut tells me Knight will be the guy come September when the Sooners open the regular season hosting the Akron Zips.
How will the Offensive Line rebound?
Adam Shead, Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams are gone from last year’s team. Anchoring the line this year will be Rimington Award Watch-List Senior Center Ty Darlington. The Sooners were strong up front last season, making room for Samaje Perine to get to the second level and run over anyone in the secondary who stood in his way.
In addition to Darlington, look for redshirt Senior Nila Kasitati to make a huge impact in the running and pass protecting game. Kasitati filled in at almost every position last season due to injuries. He’s experienced, powerful, and has a voice that is a mixture between Fergie and Jesus.
How will this new Lincoln Riley Offense fair in the Big 12?
There is no question that the Sooner’s success this season depends on how well and how quickly Lincoln Riley’s offense will fair in the Big 12. Watching the team in spring practice, Riley brings a new energy, and a sense of urgency that seemed to be lacking last season. We’ve seen what his type of offense can do at his previous job as the OC at East Carolina.
Riley will have plenty of weapons to work with including Sterling Shepard, Durron Neal, Michiah Quick, and even Joe Mixon. That’s right, Joe Mixon. Perine will most likely get the bulk of the carries out of the backfield, but when you have a weapon like Joe Mixon, who is built like a Budweiser Clydesdale by the way, you have to utilize him however you can. Look for Riley to maybe use Mixon in the slot receiver position or in plenty of screen situations.
Tomorrow we will turn our focus on the defense and what types of questions LB Eric Striker will face in Dallas.