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Sooners Transitioning To No-Huddle Spread Attack

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Among the things being tinkered with this spring is OU's offensive attack. Last season the Sooners scored more touchdowns (80) than any other team in major college football. They finished 5th in overall scoring (42.29) and 19th in total yards per game (448.93). OU has the entire offensive line, quarterback, four receivers and two running backs all returning for next season. So why would they want to tinker with that offense at all?

"What if you're a pretty good team?" offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said. "Maybe you can get farther ahead." Quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel added, "It gives you more opportunities. It's like fast-break basketball. Up and down. You know, Billy Ball. Get as many shots as you can."

With so many players returning from last season's team the transition should be smooth and Kevin Wilson did say that if they were uncomfortable with it after the spring they would scrap it. The idea to move to a faster paced offense and score more points was brought up by Bob Stoops and apparently it is going well through the first three spring practices this spring.

Looking at the success that other conference teams (Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech) had running a similar system it makes sense that the Sooners at least give it a shot with the insane amount of speed they currently have on campus. Keep in mind that not only does Oklahoma have speed but they have experienced speed in guys who have already made an impact on the field. Mossis Madu and DeMarco Murray both have the ability to be effective under center and also spread out into a slot receiver position making them more dangerous and not giving opposing defenses the chance to huddle and make adjustments.

Of course this whole change would only work if the defense were able to remain solid which only makes the fact that it was the defensive coaches along with Bob Stoops who were pushing this thing through.

"A lot of no-huddle teams a lot of times don't play good defense," he said. "It's not that you get in a game and go three-and-out. I think it's the way you practice. It's hard to practice. So we're trying to find a balance in a way that we can have defensive improvement."

Just in case you are worried that OU's transition will lead to an offensive attack the likes of Tulsa or Texas Tech where the running game takes a back seat, Wilson said that the Sooners would retain their offensive balance.

"It's just the mechanics of calling plays. It's not necessarily that you're doing a different offense," Wilson said. "Going no-huddle is nice, but you'd better be able to block and take care of the ball and be smart. There's a fine balance there."