This is a season of redemption for the Oklahoma Sooners. This team was one of the favorites to win the national championship a season ago, but fell apart at the end of the year and ended up settling for the Insight Bowl instead.
This year, the Sooners return 15 starters, including eight on the offensive side of the ball. The team will get a healthy running back on the field, and have one of the best quarterbacks in the country leading the squad.
Defensively, Oklahoma should be improved as well, which is why the Sooners are considered a top-five team in the new USA Today Coaches Poll.
With fall camp underway, here is how the 2012 Oklahoma Sooners depth chart should look.
Starter: Landry Jones, Senior
Backup: Drew Allen, Junior
Jones is one of the best quarterbacks in the country. He has topped 4,400 passing yards in both of the last two seasons, completed over 60 percent of his passes and thrown for 93 touchdowns throughout his career. He has a great chance to be considered the best quarterback in Oklahoma history as he prepares to shatter the record books this season.
Starter: Dominique Whaley, Senior
Backup: Roy Finch, Junior
Whaley was one of the best running backs in the country last season until he went down with a broken ankle. In just six games, he rushed for 627 yards and scored nine touchdowns. The good thing for Sooners fans is that he has been cleared to play in 2012.
Starter: Kenny Stills, Junior
Backup: Durron Neal, Freshman
With Ryan Broyles now in the NFL, it will be Stills who is expected to become the No. 1 wide receiver. In just two seasons, he has 122 receptions for 1,635 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Starter: Jaz Reynolds, Junior
Backup: Trey Metoyer, Freshman
Reynolds is another experienced receiver, who averaged over 17 yards a reception last season and scored five touchdowns.
Starter: Trey Franks, Junior
Backup: Courtney Gardner, Junior
Franks was a backup last season, but will likely start this year. He is a speedy receiver, who is also a big factor on special teams for the Sooners.
Starter: Brannon Green, Junior
Backup: Taylor McNamara, Freshman
With the Sooners not having a single tight end returning from last season, the junior college transfer expects to step in and contribute right away.
Starter: Lane Johnson, Senior
Backup: Tyrus Thompson, Sophomore
Johnson started 12 games at right tackle, but being the most experienced offensive lineman on the team, he will likely switch to left tackle this season.
Starter: Adam Shead, Sophomore
Backup: Bronson Irwin, Junior
Shead started five games last season at left guard. He will likely move up the depth chart with the recent injury to starting center Ben Habern.
Starter: Gabe Ikard, Junior
Backup: Austin Woods, Junior
Ikard was the starting left guard, but with Habern no longer around to play the center position, he will shift over. He was a All-Big 12 first-team selection and played seven games at center last season.
Starter: Tyler Evans, Senior
Backup: Bronson Irwin, Junior
Evans started every game at right guard last season and was an All-Big 12 honorable mention.
Starter: Daryl Williams, Sophomore
Backup: Derek Farniok, Freshman
Williams saw action in nine games last season and even started a game during the 2011 season. The 6'6", 300-pound lineman will hold down the right side of the line.
Starter: David King, Senior
Backup: Chaz Nelson, Junior
King started five games last season, racking up 31 tackles and two sacks.
Starter: Jamarkus McFarland, Senior
Backup: Stacy McGee, Senior
McFarland is the veteran in the middle of the line. He played in all 13 games last season, finishing the year with 21 tackles.
Starter: Casey Walker, Senior
Backup: Jordan Phillips, Freshman
Walker started eight games at defensive tackle, producing 16 tackles and a sack.
Starter: R.J. Washington, Senior
Backup: Marquis Anderson, Freshman
Washington should finally get his chance to start full-time after spending his career as a backup. He has 5.5 sacks throughout his career and is a candidate for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.
Starter: Corey Nelson, Junior
Backup: Aaron Franklin, Sophomore
Nelson started 11 games last season, was an honorable mention All-Big 12 and was fourth on the team with 4.5 sacks.
Starter: Tom Wort, Junior
Backup: Jaydan Bird, Senior
Wort will return as the starting middle linebacker. He finished fourth on the team with 71 tackles in 2011.
Starter: Joseph Ibiloye, Senior
Backup: Frank Shannon, Freshman
Ibiloye only started in one game last season, but will move into a starting role in 2012. He has been a solid contributor throughout his career and should provide the Sooners with valuable minutes.
Starter: Aaron Colvin, Junior
Backup: Lamar Harris, Senior
Colvin now has experience playing cornerback and safety. He led the Sooners in tackles last season at the strong safety position. He is one of the leaders on this defense heading into the new year.
Starter: Tony Jefferson, Junior
Backup: Gabe Lynn, Junior
Jefferson has really been a solid player throughout his career, finishing third on the team in tackles last season and adding four interceptions. Hopefully he can become more of a leader this season as he enters his junior year.
Starter: Javon Harris, Senior
Backup: Bennett Okotcha, Freshman
Harris started eight games last season at safety, racking up 47 tackles and intercepting three passes.
Starter: Demontre Hurst, Senior
Backup: Joe Powell, Junior
Hurst led the team with 11 pass deflections and was a second-team All-Big 12 selection. He is a 2012 candidate for the Bednarik Award.
Starter: Michael Hunnicutt, Sophomore
Backup: Eric Hosek, Freshman
Hunnicutt drilled 21 of his 24 field-goal attempts in 2012, setting a Big 12 record for freshman kickers. He made all four kicks from beyond 40 yards and made all but one of his 56 extra point attempts.
Starter: Tress Way, Senior
Backup: Dylan Seibert, Freshman
Way was a Big 12 honorable mention, averaging over 45 yards per punt attempt and pinning 17 of his 63 kicks inside the 20-yard line.