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With receiver Ryan Broyles and linebacker Travis Lewis both deciding to return to school, the Sooners will have 18 total starters back for 2011, more than will be needed to compensate for the losses of DeMarco Murray, Jeremy Beal and Quinton Carter.
Oklahoma has little proven depth behind Murray, but sophomore-to-be Roy Finch showed promising flashes this season, carrying the ball 85 times for 398 yards and two scores. He’ll be joined by incumbent quarterback Landry Jones, a solid offensive line and a receiving corps that also returns Kenny Stills, James Hanna and Trey Franks.
Experience reigns supreme on defense, where the 2-deep is littered with players young and old who saw action in 2010. Barring any disastrous injuries or unforeseen upsets, there’s no reason why Bob Stoops and the Sooners shouldn’t contend for their fifth Big 12 title in six seasons and second national championship since 2008.