Oklahoma Sooners: Taking Back The Big 12 In 2010

Christian ChildressContributor IMay 10, 2010

DALLAS - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the Texas Longhorns at Cotton Bowl on October 17, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Everyone is asking, how will Oklahoma cope with the losses of Gerald McCoySam BradfordTrent Williams and Jermaine Gresham, next year.

I mean these guys were all first rounders. Most every coach would be on the verge of a mental meltdown when losing this type of talent at once.

Luckily, for Coach Stoops, last year was horrendous for his Pre-season top five team because of the insane amount of star players down with injury.

I find it amazing they finished 8-5. 

Looking into the 2010 season, the Sooners look ready to make a run back to the top of the Big 12 once again.

It all starts with the O-Line though, just watch any highlight tapes from 2009. Last years, Oklahoma played nine different starting lineup's on the line. Even a walk on tight end was playing Center!

This year, they bring back four out of five guys, who have been praised throughout the spring for there consistency and improved attitude.

Landry Jones is also the face of the team now that Sam's gone and he knows it.

Last year, Landry was thrown into the starter position after never expecting to play.

This year, he has tremendous confidence after the OSU and Stanford games, as well as much more experience.

The run game is solid with Murray, who it feels like has been there as long as Stoops.

Receiving is a little trickier though behind Ryan Broyles, who is an All-American type player.

There is one answer though, and thats Kenny Stills, a true freshman receiver, who should still be in high school, had six receptions for 82 yards in the spring game earning MVP honors!!!!

That's amazing that a 18-year-old kid can win MVP at a prestigious program like OU after being there a month.

Now, everyone says defense wins Championships right? Well get ready for Jeremy Beal to beat up every QB he gains sight of and Travis Lewis to be the trash talking leading linebacker in the middle.

It's true, the Sooners lost a lot of players on Defense, but man are their backups impressive. 

Ronnell Aka THE HAMMER Lewis, will take over outside linebacker and if you need any proof he's the real deal, watch the Stanford highlights on Youtube. He was knocking guys out all over the field.

Quinton Carter leads a pretty solid secondary that lost two starters but has experienced guys ready to take over.

Now, here comes the rough stuff for OU fans and that's special teams.

While Tress Way is very solid and Punter and can boot it 45-50 yards consistently, the kicking last year was just dreadful to watch.

Jimmy Stevens and Patrick O'hara are both battling for the starting job again this Spring and neither has shown anything good. Unfortunately, for OU once either guy gets out of the 40-yard range, they can't hit anything. 

Spring also was interesting in that Oklahoma found a new practice method stolen from the reigning champs in the Alabama Crimson Tide .

Instead of starters getting 80 percent of the practice snaps, the team is divided into two, with two offenses and two defenses.

This gains both experience for the backup's, as well as insurance if the football God's go overboard on the injuries again this year. 

For Oklahoma fans, this season reminds them alot of the 2000 season, when Stoops went 7-6 his first year and then 13-0 the next.

Stoops is very confident in his team this year more than i've seen him in seven years of living in Norman.

Texas will be good but they've still lost the winningest QB in history and they might think Gilbert will play amazing behind two returning lineman, but ask Landry how that worked out for him.

Next year looks to be promising to the Sooners. Hopefully, they'll take advantage of it all next season.