August 12, 2013
Fearless 20: Old and Young, Defensive Stars Emerging?
As we are now one week closer to Oklahoma's 2013 college football season it's time to continue our annual '20 fearless'. For SoonerScoop.com's new members the '20 Fearless' is a scary look inside Co-Publisher Josh McCuistion's mind mixed with a few opinions on just what might take place in the upcoming season. And with one of the most interesting summer camps in recent memory currently taking place in Norman - questions exist at quarterback, along the defensive line and with tons of junior college talent on campus could there be some surprise position battles? We have predictions ranging from the quarterback battle to that of the chance for a few soon to be stars on Oklahoma's defense. Want to know how this season is going to play out? Find out here, or at the very least prepare your punchlines for our hapless soothsayer!
|20. Trey Millard will go over 75 touches total in 2013|
Analysis: Every year since he was so dominant as a freshman 'more touches has been the battle cry of the Crimson Corner and though I'm not sure there are ever going to be 'enough touches' to appease fans - as Sooner fans carry more 'torches' than Hollywood stalkers - I think Millard will finally 'get his'. Almost without question Millard is among Oklahoma's top two players and with the Sooners offense looking for a new direction for the first time since the arrival of Sam Bradford expect a multifaceted tool like Millard to be used early and often.
| 19. By Texas week two true freshman are in Oklahoma's starting lineup. |
Analysis: I'm going with Dannon Cavil and either Hatari Byrd or Ahmad Thomas and yeah, I'm boxing one safety position, what of it?. I feel confident Gabe Lynn will lock down one safety spot but I think one of the freshman will wrestle the other away from Quentin Hayes and co. For Cavil, it's no easy task but he just brings a blend of size and speed that Oklahoma really doesn't have on the outside and a piece that Justin Brown so expertly helped with last year. And what is a Bob Stoops era game without a player with strong connections to Austin making plays for the Sooners?
| 18. Blake Bell will fall just short of 4000 total yards. |
Analysis: I realize for many Sooner fans this seems a fairly easy number to hit but that's simply because things have gotten all warped out of reason the last few years with Landry Jones and Sam Bradford at the helm. Make no mistake throwing for 4,000 yards is a big deal and very difficult to do, ask Charlie Weis. I think Oklahoma's emphasis on the run, and the reality that it won't be Bell running for most of those yards will see something like a line of 3600 yards and a couple hundred rushing yards for Bell. All in all though, I think it'll lead to more balance on offense.
| 17. Damien Williams is going to eclipse 1,300 yards. |
Analysis: And who the man who will benefit most from that balance? You found him. Williams is a guy that has all the tools needed to have a huge year and behind a beefed up offensive line with loads of experience and even more interesting talent being added to the ranks this year there is reason to believe that a big year is in the making. Really, I was pulled in both directions due to the talent behind him in the backfield, along with Millard, taking touches away. In the other direction, he's fully capable of a 1,500 yard season.
|16. Oklahoma welcomes TCU, undefeated. |
Analysis: Yeah, soak it in, I'm picking Oklahoma to go into South Bend and win - something only the legendary 1956 team ever pulled off. That being said, this Oklahoma team probably feels the game in Norman last year was one they let get away - to a degree. And with Notre Dame not having Everett Golson to create something out of nothing time and time again Tommy Rees won't be able to give Oklahoma nearly the same issues. And with Rees' limited downfield ability I see an offense that Oklahoma can get aggressive with. We'll see if that's how things play out, but I'm guessing the Frogs come to Norman in a potential top 15 game, the Frogs are likely to have taken a season-opening loss to LSU.
|15. Geneo Grissom gets at least eight sacks|
Analysis: I've been a fan of this guy since his high school tape emerged and he back off from an early pledge to Kansas. Interestingly in spite of all of his moves around in position and the gushing praise of Charles Tapper's potential it's Grissom that I think could be on the verge of a breakout year. Without a lot of notoriety I thought, at times, last year he flashed real potential and the same kind of burst that made him a highly coveted SEC recruit in the class of 2010. I think with the help of a pair of high quality corners his sack total could almost double last year's Oklahoma leader, Chuka Ndulue's total.
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