The spring game has showed to all of the Sooner nation that even through a harsh, cold, rainy day, there is hope in a team looking to rebound. We saw that the line is able to hold it's own, even when it was split between itself on the red and white team.
The defense was staunch, showing little sign that it will have any trouble trying to make a top-10 defense once again. Kenny Stills showed that a freshman is dangerous and we have youth that will be great and endearing throughout the incoming years.
Now, to look forward to the 2010 season; if you are like me in any way, then you cannot wait for the season opener game against Utah State, especially after the Oklahoma City Thunder craze has now been interrupted by the Lakers. Utah State should be an easy rout of an opener, giving some young guys the ability to get some playing time before a real game.
Then it is off to a streak of teams that could pose a serious threat to Oklahoma. Florida State with their new head coach, Jimbo Fisher; Air Force whose team had one of the most dynamic running offenses in the FBS; at Cincinatti with a new coach in Butch Jones and new roster, should be an interesting game.
And then there is the Red River Rivalry with Texas, who have one of the toughest secondaries in the Big-12 and possibly even the nation. These game are all in alignment with one another. This should prove to be the make it or break it point of the season because of the intensity of the challenges set forth.
The other interesting games are at Missouri and at Oklahoma State. Missouri is returning a lot of players on defense this year, and while they're offense won't be as dominant as they used to, they will still be a potent team.
Bedlam will be just as challenging this year as they return many key players on offense and defense, but with the loss of Dez Bryant, they will have to find a way to cover that spectrum.
And I know what you're thinking: No Nebraska this season. Don't worry, I feel the pain of reminiscing the old rivalry as well...maybe we'll see them in the Big-12 championship, who knows?
Overall, this 2010 season is looking up for the Sooners compared to last season. Look for new playing schemes, many new faces and numbers, and a well-oiled machine on Owen Field.
Stars on the Roster:
Landry Jones/QB: He was very uncomfortable last year as a result of being ill-prepared to perform the duties Sam had left for him. This year will be different, this is his team now, not King Sam's. He looked very good inside the pocket at the spring game, which is greatly improved from his tunnel vision last year. Look for him to grow exponentially throughout the year.
Ryan Broyles/WR: Not the most dominant player on the field, or biggest, but as we all know, he is one hell of a receiver. He is the most dangerous attacker on our offense and special teams. He is also very intelligent, able to get up into streaks on the field and away from defenders. He should have an All-American type year.
DeMarco Murray/RB: Everyone is wondering what type of year Mr. Murray he will have. Will it be like his dominant season in 2008 with the outstanding offense, or last season's mediocre results? Frankly, you can't totally blame him for last season because of the inconsistency of the O-line. If that unit steps up this year, we could have our old Murray back.
Jeremy Beal/DE: This one is a given. He is the greatest force on the the defensive side of the ball this year. Little can stop him from making big plays throughout a game. He had 5 sacks in the spring game. Now, while it might have been touch and you give the quarterback the benefit of the doubt that he 'might' be able to get away, they sure won't be throwing anywhere accurately. He should be one of the biggest impact players on the team.
Travis Lewis/LB: He is the driving machine behind this team. He can pump up anyone and he doesn't put up without showing up. He is a very talented linebacker, he will be great during the season being able to get down the field or keep up with a receiver.
Kenny Stills/WR: Easily the best true freshman so far on the offense. His great catching ability and chemistry with Landry is uncanny. He is very natural with the offensive scheme at Oklahoma and I love his inhibition to go after the ball, as he showed when Landry under threw a ball and Kenny dove to catch it, and catch it he did. Look to see him often this season alongside Broyles, Reynolds, and possibly Caleb.