Lately it seems like I've been focusing most of my attention on the incoming freshmen. We all want to know who is going to be able to step in right away and contribute—admittedly, this is an important topic, especially considering the positions the Sooners are thin at (wide receiver, tight end).
What has been lost in all the hype surrounding the incoming class, though, is the fact that the Sooners still boast plenty of experience on both sides of the ball. There are 20 seniors on the roster, and it's quite possible that they all receive playing time this season.
I've featured 16 of the 20 in this slideshow. I'll apologize in advance for those of you wanting to know more about wide receiver Derrick Bradley, linebacker Daniel Franklin, fullback Joel Ossum and defensive back Jesse Paulsen—while they're all fine players, their lack of playtime/statistical relevance make them decidedly less noteworthy in an article like this.
However, of the 16 I've listed, 13 are going to be starters, and the other three are going to be solid rotation guys. What's this mean? I guess, after this article, it's going to be time to focus on the freshmen again, because the Sooners are going to be in rebuilding mode after this season.
As for now, the Sooners' experience is going to be a major factor this season. The freshmen may be oozing with potential, but it's going to be up to the seniors to lead this team to a national championship.