If you're someone who has way too much time on your hands (as I do) and spend a great deal of that time on Oklahoma football (as I do), then something as simple as an updated online roster becomes a much bigger deal than it truly should.
So when SoonerSports.com finally got around to updating OU's football roster, along with their significant facelift to the site in general, it was nearly cause for celebration.
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Class of 2013 additions:
#42 LB Dominique Alexander, 6'2" 198 lbs
#27 DB Dakota Austin, 5'11" 167 lbs
#83 WR Austin Bennett, 6'0" 170 lbs
#4 DB Hatari Byrd, 6'1" 195 lbs
#6 WR Dannon Cavil, 6'5" 205 lbs
#70 OL Christian Daimler, 6'6" 270 lbs
#90 DE Matt Dimon, 6'2" 252 lbs
#26 LB Jordan Evans, 6'3" 210 lbs
#21 RB Keith Ford, 5'11" 208 lbs
#1 DB L.J. Moore, 6'1" 175 lbs
#82 DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, 6'3" 220 lbs
#92 DT Matthew Romar, 6'3" 268 lbs
#80 WR Jordan Smallwood, 6'2" 190 lbs
#6 DB Stanvon Taylor, 5'11" 175 lbs
#18 DB Ahmad Thomas, 6'1" 205 lbs
#14 QB Cody Thomas, 6'5" 220 lbs
#97 DT Charles Walker, 6'3" 280 lbs
#87 DE D.J. Ward, 6'2" 245 lbs
#85 WR KJ Young, 6'1" 182 lbs
#44 P Jed Barnett, 6'2" 215 lbs
#77 OL Dionte Savage, 6'5" 345 lbs
#55 OL Josiah St. John, 6'6" 305 lbs
#59 OL Tony Feo, 6'4" 275 lbs
#95 DT Quincy Russell, 6'4" 315 lbs
* Obviously that last name is a big one, both literally and figuratively. You'd like to think they wouldn't have gone so far as to list Russell if they weren't expecting him to make it to campus, which as of the time this is posting he's yet to do. Internally, word is the coaches are still expecting him to make it to Norman but with every passing day the worries of Sooner Nation increase.
* With the loss of Kerrick Huggins, another 2013 defensive tackle, you're looking for help at a very shallow position from anyone besides Russell. At 268 pounds, assuming that number is accurate, Matthew Romar seems like the longest of long shots. Talk is Jerry Montgomery is a big fan of Charles Walker, so that could be the more likely of the two freshman to see the field this season.
* After downplaying an injury to Jordan Smallwood at Big 12 media days, Stoops admitted in the last day or two the injury required surgery and the young receiver is expected to be out for several months. Stoops wouldn't rule out a redshirt, but given the depth at wide receiver it seems foolish to try and rush him back for limited snaps at best.
* Early reports on Dionte Savage have been glowing to say the least. At 6'5" 345 the guy is an absolute beast. He's going to play and play a lot this season.
* It's pretty rare for a high school senior to come in and be ready to play, from a physical perspective, the safety position at the D-I level. Oklahoma has two in Byrd and Thomas who are legitimate contenders to be starters by the end of this season.
* Looks like most of the new guys have been putting in the work in the weight room. Vast majority of them are up as much as five pounds from where they were listed when they signed.
* It doesn't appear as if they updated any of the returning players with respect to height and weight. That may or may not happen in the near future. And while certainly creepy in some respects, it's always interesting to see the changes both from a positive and negative standpoint.