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Can the Sooners keep it going in 2014?
Oklahoma’s Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama was monumental for the program. Not only did it allow the team to finish off 2013 on a high note, but it also sparked many positives for the team off the field.
For starters, the Sooners were able to close out the recruiting period strongly. With some late pickups, the team wound up ranking No. 14 in 247Sports' recruiting team rankings.
Furthermore, it provided hope for achieving even more in 2014.
“The sky is the limit. I don’t think you can put a limit on the things we can do,” safety Julian Wilson said, per The Duncan Banner’s John Shinn. “We haven’t played to our potential yet. We just started to roll at the end of last season. I think we can get a lot better.”
Defensively, the team returns all but two starters, including the entire front seven. In other words, expect a Sooners defense that ranked No. 20 in total defense last season to only get better.
It also showcased the potential of quarterback Trevor Knight, who threw for 348 yards, four touchdowns and one interception on 32-of-44 passing in the victory over the Tide.
The sophomore isn’t done yet.
Per Shinn's report, Knight said of the Alabama win:
You can go two ways with it. You can be complacent and feel like you’ve arrived and done everything you need to do or you can use it as momentum going into the season and realize you can play this well. We want to use it as a baseline to get better every week.
Just how far the team will improve is yet to be seen.
All stats, recruiting information and rankings used in this article are courtesy of CFBStats.com and 247Sports.
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