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Yes, it's not even spring ball yet but I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what the depth chart might look like this fall. There is an awful lot to happen yet, spring ball, summer workouts and fall camp. Things can change dramatically between now and then. I've spent a lot of time talking to all my sources, reading, watching film and putting a lot of thought to this. Please feel free to disagree with me at any point. This is just my opinion and would love to see some great discussion here.

I Offense


QB

1 Baker Mayfield
2 Kyler Murray
3 Austin Kendall
4 Chris Robison

No doubt who the starter is here. Mayfield will not be displaced unless it's due to injury. With his style of play, injury is always a concern so who is going to win the back up position? My bet is on Murray. He's very talented, throws better than most think and is electric on the edges. He tore up the scout team last year. While it will be an open competition in the spring, at this point I believe it's his to lose.

There has been lots of discussion about Kyler Murray moving to another position. At this time, that's not going to happen as he is only interested in playing QB. I do know that Riley is working on special packages for him in the offense.

Kendall is certainly serviceable, but I have to guess that he just might transfer after this year. Robison is just that good. He'll need a red shirt year, but he's a lot like Mayfield. He's mobile enough to keep defenses honest, and is an NFL type passer. He decimated the camps he went to last year and rated one of the top QBs in this year's class.

RB

This is a wealth of riches for OU. This is one of two positions on offense, O Line being the other, that will be very interesting to watch through spring and fall. Several factors have to be considered here. One of which is experience. Now I know only Abdul Adams has any real playing time, but Anderson has been with the team a year longer and just has had the injury bug.

Other factors will be versatility (able to run routes and catch the ball) and paramount to Bob, the ability to pickup blitzes and pass block. There is some really top flight talent already here and more coming in June. This one is totally open and the most difficult to predict IMO. But here's my take:

1 Rodney Anderson
2 Abdul Adams
3 Marcelias Sutton
4 Trey Sermon
5 Kennedy Brooks

Anderson has had some great workoutd since rehabbing from the injury. The coaches think he's a lot like Demarco Murray and if he can stay healthy he's my pick to be the starter, at least early on.

I put Abdul Adams next because of his experience. He didn't look particularly good early on last year, but with each time he played, you could tell he was more relaxed and the game was slowing down for him. By the end, he looked pretty good. He's a great change of pace back.

Coaches are raving about Sutton. He might be the best all around back we have, and is an absolute freak of an athlete. In testing a couple of weeks ago he broke several Sooner records including broad jump and shuttle time. The problem is, he broke his foot last week and is out 5-8 weeks. He's going to miss spring practice and the Spring Game because of this and it will put him behind the rest of the pack, but he will replace Adams IMO.

Trey Sermon showed up in D1 shape. The coaches love his versatility and remind them of Joe Mixon. He will certainly be one to watch and could play a huge role come fall as a third down specialist.

The most interesting of all them to me is Kennedy Brooks. This kid's film is off the charts. He's a mix of Samaje and Mixon. The problem for him is he doesn't show up until June. By the end of the season, I'm predicting him to be the #1 RB if he can block and pick up blitzes.


WR

Another wide open position with so much talent coming in it's ridiculous. Some of these guys will be hard to keep off the field this fall. WR is usually the easiest position to get early playing time. And with Riley's offense being so easy to learn I expect to see a lot of the new incoming freshman. The real question is who will step up this year from the guys still on the roster from last year. You also have to keep in mind that we need a lot of guys here in this fast paced offense to keep fresh legs out there. This one is really going to be hard to predict, but here's what I think.

1 Jeffrey Mead
2 Nick Basquine
3 CeeDee Lamb
4 Charleston Rambo
5 Marquis Brown

Now I've left off Dahu Green, Mykel Jones, Zach Farrar, A.D. Miller, Lee Moris and Jordan Smallwood. These guys all need to step up their game to get playing time this year with the talent coming in.

Miller and Smallwood have shown some flashes at the end of the year but have lacked consistency and great blocking down field which is critical in this passing offense. Farrar is a future star and just was new to WR and needed a year to get acclimated. We'll see if he's ready or not this spring. The freshmen coming have so much talent, it's just a matter of them learning the plays and getting chemistry with Mayfield before they shine. Again, we have a wealth of riches here and the roster is pretty full. I wouldn't be surprised to see a transfer or two out of this group from those who don't make it by the end of spring ball.


TE/HB

This position is pretty well set. Two new incomers are good enough to play right away and will most likely be in some kind of rotation with the starters.

1 Mark Andrews
2 Grant Calcatera

Grant is an EE and the coaches already love him. Riley already has situations drawn up for both to be on the field at the same time. Grant blew away all the competition at the camps and was clearly the #1 TE in this year's class. He has great hands (better than Andrews IMO), crisp routes, as much speed or more than Anderson and can certainly block at the LOS.

1 Dimitri Flowers
2 Jeremiah Hall

The coaches are really excited about Hall. Also an EE, they think he is going to be another Ripkowski but bigger (6-3 220 lbs). Great hands, blocks very well, and has enough speed to give defenses problems. He will see a lot of action this fall and if Flowers gets injured, no worries, Hall should easily take over without a hitch.



O Line

We have a gluttony of talent here. Coach B will have his hands full trying to get the best five on the field but we will have the best quantity and quality of depth here that we've had since Stoops has been here.

I'm a big believer in continuity along the O Line. The longer a groups works together the better they get. If I were to chose right now, based on today's information I would stick with last years starting lineup:

LT: Orlando Brown
LG: Ben Powers
C: Eric Wren
RG: Drew Samia
RT: Bobby Evans

This group gelled and performed extremely well by the end of the season. The problem is, there are some other pieces that might work even better.

Coach B thinks that Alex Dalton may be his best RG and now is healthy again and ready to go. Then you have Cody Ford who beat out Powers at the beginning of last season at LG until he broke his leg. He's now healthy again and ready to go. You also have Johnathan Alverez who has a lot of experience, but has been recruited over IMO.

We have a ton of incoming talent. Creed Humphrey, has already proved to be an absolute beast in the weight room. He out bench pressed everyone on the team. Wren has taken note of this and according to my sources is working his tail off in the weight room as he doesn't want to let go of the starting center position. Coach B also thinks that Humphrey would also make a great Guard and he is going to give a long look at him at that position in the spring.

Then you have guys like Tyrese Robinson coming in at guard with a tremendous upside. Marquis Hayes is also a beast and projected to be a guard. Then you have Adrian Ealy who is the prototypical OT. He has the size, strength, long arms and quick feet you are looking for at LT. I've been told he could step in there for Orlando Brown day one. I expect Ealy to get work at both Tackle spots and don't be surprised if he pushes Bobby Evan for starting time at RT. The duo of Robinson and Hayes I expect to red shirt unless we have an emergency.

I'm expecting a lot of rotation, mixing and matching in the spring as Coach B looks for his best five. This will be THE most interesting battle in the spring IMO.




II Defense

A lot of interesting battles this spring and fall here as well. There are a few locked down spots, but again, there is so much talent incoming on this side of the ball, it's going to be very interesting.

D Line

Mike now thinks he's got enough experienced horses to actually run a 4-3 this year. I do still expect him to be very multiple and I'm certain we'll see some 3-4 as well. Lots of options with this idea and moving part that can be mixed and matched. While we didn't really land a stellar DT, we did acquire a couple of interesting prospects at DE and possible outside LB spots for some of these guys.

If we started the season tomorrow in a 4-3, here are my picks:

DE: Neville Gallimore/Kenneth Mann
DT: Du'Vonta Lampkin/ Zach McKinney (FR)
DT: Matt Romar/Maquis Overton
DE: DJ Ward/Austin Roberts

Right there is a better two deep alone the D Line than we've had in a while. I put McKinney in there because the coaches feel he'll come in around June 1 and be ready to play right away. This surprised me as D Linemen usually take a year or so to gain strength, size and be D1 ready. But I'm being told that Thibs thinks he came in way under rated and could earn playing time right away. We'll see how he does in fall camp.

Then you have two incoming freshmen in Tyreece Lott and Troy James. Both are loved by the coaches as underrated with tremendous athletic ability. Both could morph into rush DE's and very useful in the 3-4 setups. Don't be surprised to see them get some playing time later in the year when we are in the 3-4.

Also remember, that Amani Bledsoe will be eligible after the whorns game. He is also a freak of an athlete and will certainly get into the rotation at DT in a 4-3 look if he hasn't had his head screwed up by the suspension.


LB

This will be one of two interesting battles in the spring and fall. Again, a lot of talent coming in combining with some we already have. Levi Draper, Addison Gumbs and Kenneth Murray are EEs and all three are already very impressive. With Mike's multiple defenses, there are a lot of moving pieces, mixing and matching to be multiple depending on the situation.

Assuming we start in a base 4-3:

SAM: Obo, Gumbs. Gumbs is almost a clone of Obo and the coaches say he has an even more explosive first step and is going to be a bigger Striker with a much bigger pop when he hits you. He can also cover in short zones so Mike should be comfortable with him in when Obo gets a blow.

MIKE: This is going to be a battle between John Michael Terry and Levi Draper. I expect Terry to get the starting nod early. He's been in the program for a year and is another freak of an athlete. He was fantastic in HS and has lived up to his reputation so far in practices. Levi Draper is an elete LB. Size, speed, cover skills and is the true smash mouth MLB we haven't had since Lofton. He can cover in space, and his film shows a great ability to shed blocks and when he hits someone, they go backwards, sometimes quite violently.

WILL: This is Kaleb Kelly as the starter. Kenneth Murray will be his backup and is like a clone of Kelly only slightly bigger. He has the same play making ability and hit harder than Kelly does. I just don't see Kelly moving out of the spot unless he gets injured or needs a blow.

If we are in a 3-4:

The other inside LB will probably be Emannuel Beal. Beal really started to come on at the end of the year. He started playing instead of thinking later in the year and has a nasty attitude and will bring the wood. He's added 12 pounds of good weight in the off season and hasn't lost any speed. They are also very high on Curtis "Buzzy" Bolton. He's starting to really come on in practices and he just might beat out Beal for that spot in the fall.

We also have Ricky DeBerry and Arthur McGinnis. DeBarry is going to get a long hard look at the Mike Position in the spring and McGinnis is still trying to find his way as an Outside LB. My feeling is that we have recruited over both of them, but let's see what spring and fall bring with these two as sometimes it takes a while for LBs to get up to speed on the D1 level. Doucet is also an excellent pass rusher and Mike wants to find a way to get him on the field in those situations.

Finally you have K'Jakyre Daley coming in in June. This is another outstanding OLB prospect who's nickname is the Destroyer. He hits like a Mack Truck and his HS film is extremely impressive. Great speed, good instincts, can cover well, sheds blocks very well and really brings the wood when he hits you. Best form tackler of the bunch by their film IMO.

CB

Both starting CBs from the end of last year return in Jordan Thomas and Jordan Parker. Thomas needs to keep his head in the game on every down in every game. You've got Robert Barnes and Tre Brown coming in, both of which are excellent corners. The one to watch is Robert Barnes. This is a true five star player and could take over one of the corner spots pretty quickly. Barnes has maybe the best cover skills of any Defensive Back in last years class. He's also a ferocious hitter. He can also play safety, but Cooks want's him at corner.

There are others who will also compete for the spot like Parnell Motley, Mbanasor, Will Johnson and new comer Tre Norwood. Cooks says he wants two deep here to keep guys fresh. This is going to be a very interesting battle this spring and fall. My bet is Barnes will take over one of the corner spots.

Safety

One spot is pretty set. Free Safety belongs to Stephen Parker who just keeps getting better and better. There are times in certain situations when Mike moves him to nickle where he has been literally a shut down cover guy from that position. When he's at nickle, my bet would be Justin Broiles to man the free safety spot. He is also an EE and very impressive so far.

With the departure of Amad Thomas at strong safety, there is no where to go but up IMO at that position. After a lot of conversations, my number one pick here to start is Chanse Sylvie with Khlil Haughton as his backup. There is a chance that Barnes will end up with this job, but right now the coaches want Barnes at CB.


Special Teams

The good news here is that Reeves Mundchau is coming in this fall. This guy was the number one rated punter coming out of HS this fall. Word is that Seibert will get to chose whether or not he wants to punt or place kick. My info is that he will place kick and Mundchau will punt.

Kick off and punt returns is yet to be determined and probably won't be until sometime late in fall practice. If I had to pick right now I'd say the punt returner will be Robert Barnes as he was a phenomenal punt returner in HS. The are all kinds of options here though as well as at KO return. I'm not going to call that one just yet is there is too much to be played out in the spring and fall.

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Great read. Thanks for posting and taking the time to do that.
Is it just me and I am certainly not complaining about it but hasn't Dimitri Flowers been here for about 10 years now?:lol:

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" Amani Bledsoe will be illegible after the whorns."

I'm assuming that you meant to say that Bledsoe will be eligible after the Whorn's game.

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jdurrett wrote:
" Amani Bledsoe will be illegible after the whorns."

I'm assuming that you meant to say that Bledsoe will be eligible after the Whorn's game.


yes. Sorry, I see a few typos as well. A lot to put together and keep straight. My apologies.

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Awesome post Rick, tons of great info. One thing I noticed was Obo playing SAM and Gallimore at DE in the 4-3. I would think that at 300+ pounds, Gallimore would be too big to be a 4-3 DE and that they would put Obo on the edge with his hand in the dirt.

Also, Mykel Jones won't go away quietly as long as the hands are there IMO. He's a great athlete and is in unreal shape.

Barnes at CB and Broiles at safety would be interesting. If Barnes can cover Big 12 WRs at 6'3 190, he'll have some serious NFL potential. Broiles at 175 seems too small for strong safety but he'll put on the weight if they need him there I suppose.

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Rick, great job.  No fan will find a better write-up of a depth chart so early in the year. 

I believe that DE Austin Roberts is a Senior and so won't be around in 2017. Also, on Bledsoe, I think his suspension will keep him on the sidelines until sometime after the Texas Tech game.    Other than that I think you are spot-on.

It will be fun to watch the battle for the back up QB, backups, WRs, along the OL, inside LBers and the secondary.

Thanks, for taking the time and effort for that piece.  I think this one may need to be pinned to the top till we get to the beginning of play in 2017.



 

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RamonaParkRegulart wrote:
Awesome post Rick, tons of great info. One thing I noticed was Obo playing SAM and Gallimore at DE in the 4-3. I would think that at 300+ pounds, Gallimore would be too big to be a 4-3 DE and that they would put Obo on the edge with his hand in the dirt.

Also, Mykel Jones won't go away quietly as long as the hands are there IMO. He's a great athlete and is in unreal shape.

Barnes at CB and Broiles at safety would be interesting. If Barnes can cover Big 12 WRs at 6'3 190, he'll have some serious NFL potential. Broiles at 175 seems too small for strong safety but he'll put on the weight if they need him there I suppose.


Obo with his hand in the dirt as a DE is a distinct possibility. He's done it before. The sense I got from my sources is that they will use him some there, but Mike's preference is as the "Jack" LB. That's why I set him up as a LB. Remember, the whole idea, now that Mike has more talent, is to be even more multiple to keep offenses and QBs on their toes. And Gallimore is quick enough to play DE and has lost a little weight since last year and is much leaner and more powerful. I think we'll know a lot more after spring practice and the Spring Game. As I stated, this is all very fluid.

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Rick, great job.  No fan will find a better write-up of a depth chart so early in the year. 

I believe that DE Austin Roberts is a Senior and so won't be around in 2017. Also, on Bledsoe, I think his suspension will keep him on the sidelines until sometime after the Texas Tech game.    Other than that I think you are spot-on.

It will be fun to watch the battle for the back up QB, backups, WRs, along the OL, inside LBers and the secondary.

Thanks, for taking the time and effort for that piece.  I think this one may need to be pinned to the top till we get to the beginning of play in 2017.



 


Thanks Walt for the kind words. Now that I go back and look again you're right about Roberts. I had like twenty pages of notes on my desk when I wrote this. :lol:

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I'm not seeing Will Sunderland's name mentioned @ S. Did he get passed up? I'd hate it for his sake, but I think that'd also be good news for that spot because I thought he looked pretty good in the limited time he got last year.

As always, thanks for the report, good stuff as usual.;)

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Thanks Rick! For guys like me, who hear all these names bandied about but don't know enough to sort through it all, this is really helpful and interesting. While I know it can take the young guys a while to get the hang of things, it just seems like we're in much better shape talent-wise than we've been in a long time. Instead of hoping somebody will step up in various places, now we're wondering which really good players are not even going to start. The coaches must feel like it's Christmas morning!

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I'm not seeing Will Sunderland's name mentioned @ S. Did he get passed up? I'd hate it for his sake, but I think that'd also be good news for that spot because I thought he looked pretty good in the limited time he got last year.

As always, thanks for the report, good stuff as usual.;)


Totally forgot about Sunderland. I hope he gets a lot of playing time too. That pick in the Texsa game was big time :burningwhorns:

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I'm not seeing Will Sunderland's name mentioned @ S. Did he get passed up? I'd hate it for his sake, but I think that'd also be good news for that spot because I thought he looked pretty good in the limited time he got last year.

As always, thanks for the report, good stuff as usual.;)


Sunderland is definitely in the mix at safety. It just that I'm hearing that the light bulb has come on for Sylvie and he's starting to really impress Cooks. Just my opinion, but I also think that Sylvie's potential is higher. Again, all this is very fluid and can change at any point.

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:big confused: ?? EEs ?? :big confused:

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OldHippie wrote: :big confused: ?? EEs ?? :big confused:

EEs are those 11 new recruits that enrolled at OU in January of 2017 ... i.e. "Early Enrolles" or "EEs".

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Excellent write up. Broiles was said to be the best defensive back in the under armour game(Tre Brown was also very good). I kind of thought he might push for starting DB spot with Barnes pushing at safety. But it was mentioned that Barnes could play both and he has been hurt so we didn't get a read on him in the army bowl. I'm surprised there isn't more play for Trey Sermon to get a shot at starting. He looked like a beast on his film. Big strong back that can catch the ball. He will be ideal on 3rd and short. Big enough for tough yards but if they sell out he can sneak out and catch the ball and be hard to tackle afterward. I also like Mykel Jones to do something this year. He looked very good when he got the chance last year. I'm glad our place kicker has some competition. Came in with a bunch of hype but has been below average in my opinion. Maybe not having to punt will help He was said to kick over 60 yard field goals in camps but can't seem to even kick a 45 yarder in the games. I could see Tre Brown getting some kickoff return duty. He's said to have 4.3 speed and the fastest DB we've had in a very long time.

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Walt wrote: OldHippie wrote: :big confused: ?? EEs ?? :big confused:

EEs are those 11 new recruits that enrolled at OU in January of 2017 ... i.e. "Early Enrolles" or "EEs".
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Excellent write up. Broiles was said to be the best defensive back in the under armour game(Tre Brown was also very good). I kind of thought he might push for starting DB spot with Barnes pushing at safety. But it was mentioned that Barnes could play both and he has been hurt so we didn't get a read on him in the army bowl. I'm surprised there isn't more play for Trey Sermon to get a shot at starting. He looked like a beast on his film. Big strong back that can catch the ball. He will be ideal on 3rd and short. Big enough for tough yards but if they sell out he can sneak out and catch the ball and be hard to tackle afterward. I also like Mykel Jones to do something this year. He looked very good when he got the chance last year. I'm glad our place kicker has some competition. Came in with a bunch of hype but has been below average in my opinion. Maybe not having to punt will help He was said to kick over 60 yard field goals in camps but can't seem to even kick a 45 yarder in the games. I could see Tre Brown getting some kickoff return duty. He's said to have 4.3 speed and the fastest DB we've had in a very long time.

I really think that Barnes is going to CB, or at least that's the coaches thoughts at the moment. Tre Brown does have great speed and would be excellent on both KO and Punt returns. The problem with predicting that, is Bob tends to wait until right before the season to announce that because he will give lots of people a shot at it in practices.

As far as Trey Sermon goes he very may will win the RB competition. Here again, I'm going off what info I can garner from my sources, film and Riley's tendencies with his offense. Finally, this is again way too early prediction. A lot will happen in spring camp. I still think that once Kennedy Brooks gets here and gets acclimated he may be the best of the bunch.

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Thanks Rick!!
Always nice to have a picture of how players stack up now, and an idea of the competition over the next several months for playing time when it counts. And it does indicate how good the recruits are with them sprinkled in and above decent returnees.
I know this has to be a lot of work (and time) for you, but a lot of us don't have your connections or experience, and appreciate the time you take to give us this report.

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One last word on Sylvie vs. Sunderland at Strong Safety. It is Sunderland's to lose. My prediction is based off of what I've learned from off season workouts. Most places are predicting Sunderland. I know that the coaches were very high on Sylvie when he came in, but he just wasn't performing where they expected him to perform last year. Evidently, the light bulb has come on for him during bowl practices. IMO, he has the talent level to surpass Sunderland and take over.

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Awesome job Rick. Thank you again for all the inside information you give us. You are a valuable addition to this group.

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Thanks Rick.. Your hard work is appreciated.

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...great stuff, Rick. Appreciate your effort.

I agree with you that Kyler Murray will emerge as the backup QB, and that R. Anderson will win the starting job at RB. Don't think there will be as "big" a drop off in the run game production as some expect. Running game by committee could be, might be, as productive as the two extraordinary talents we lost.

WR, OL, LB, and the secondary, at this early stage, all appear to be upgrades. Hope springs eternal in the hearts of the chinamen. Thanks for your informed take.

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In my haste to correct your english (I'm easily confused) I forgot the thank you for a very enlightening post. Between you and Atlanta Sooner I keep up accordingly.

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jdurrett wrote: In my haste to correct your english (I'm easily confused) I forgot the thank you for a very enlightening post. Between you and Atlanta Sooner I keep up accordingly.
Well, I think in your haste to correct something, I think you didn't do the required research.  :shock:  While it is true that Bledsoe won't be eligible till after the horn game I don't think he will be eligible until the next game after the horn game.  My research indicates that he was suspended for a full year.  I think that means he won't get to play until the Tech game.

The key language is this "Bledsoe could not be eligible to return until the eighth game of next season".  Bledsoe missed last years KU game which was played on October 29th of 2016. 

The eighth game of the 2017 season is the Texas Tech game on October the 28th of 2017.  That means he misses the Texas game on October 14th and the Kansas State game on October 21st of 2017.

So, if I missed something, then someone please give us the real scoop. :big confused:



 

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Walt wrote:
jdurrett wrote: In my haste to correct your english (I'm easily confused) I forgot the thank you for a very enlightening post. Between you and Atlanta Sooner I keep up accordingly.
Well, I think in your haste to correct something, I think you didn't do the required research.  :shock:  While it is true that Bledsoe won't be eligible till after the horn game I don't think he will be eligible until the next game after the horn game.  My research indicates that he was suspended for a full year.  I think that means he won't get to play until the Tech game.

The key language is this "Bledsoe could not be eligible to return until the eighth game of next season".  Bledsoe missed last years KU game which was played on October 29th of 2016. 

The eighth game of the 2017 season is the Texas Tech game on October the 28th of 2017.  That means he misses the Texas game on October 14th and the Kansas State game on October 21st of 2017.

So, if I missed something, then someone please give us the real scoop. :big confused:



 



I checked again and you are correct. Again, when you have 20 pages of notes it's easy to miss something.

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SoonerRick46 wrote: Walt wrote:
jdurrett wrote: In my haste to correct your english (I'm easily confused) I forgot the thank you for a very enlightening post. Between you and Atlanta Sooner I keep up accordingly.
Well, I think in your haste to correct something, I think you didn't do the required research.  :shock:  While it is true that Bledsoe won't be eligible till after the horn game I don't think he will be eligible until the next game after the horn game.  My research indicates that he was suspended for a full year.  I think that means he won't get to play until the Tech game.

The key language is this "Bledsoe could not be eligible to return until the eighth game of next season".  Bledsoe missed last years KU game which was played on October 29th of 2016. 

The eighth game of the 2017 season is the Texas Tech game on October the 28th of 2017.  That means he misses the Texas game on October 14th and the Kansas State game on October 21st of 2017.

So, if I missed something, then someone please give us the real scoop. :big confused:



 



I checked again and you are correct. Again, when you have 20 pages of notes it's easy to miss something.

No doubt.  The language in some of the news stories is vague about exactly when the suspension began.   If you go by the actual dates there is some confusion as to whether it could be the game after the 2017 Tech game where he can play. 

As I have said, I think my mind is warped ;) as when I see something that doesn't seem to jive with something I read in the past, I have to dig until I come up with something that fits the facts that I "think" I know to be true. :big confused:

It is a burden I have had to carry around for all these long years :?

I'm going to lock this thread at the top of the board.  It will be of interest as the months pass from now till the beginning of Fall practice. 


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Thanks for the post Rick.....great info.....

I think with the OLine set and extremely good at this point we get off to a good start as opposed to last year when we had lots of questions on the Olin early......

The accumulation of talent really makes its presense know this season and this is a great time to make a run....

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Outstanding Rick! If I were a General, I'd give you a medal :D

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ArmySooner wrote: Outstanding Rick! If I were a General, I'd give you a medal :D
You could award him one of these  Rick spent lots of time on the defense, so why not give him the National Defense Medal?

Or, just give him this one as he was darn efficient and with honor and fidelity ... seems appropriate to me.   

Or, how about this one? 


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