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Aaron Colvin is a name OU fans will become very familiar with this spring.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Aaron Colvin is a name OU fans will become very familiar with this spring. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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So spring practices are almost here and Stoops and Co. have decided to give us a little info to digest prior to things getting started.  OU released their spring depth chart today and there are more than a couple surprises.  Now some are easily explainable (we'll address that) and some others are not, but I think most of us here are smart enough to know these types of things, especially this time of year, are really more of a motivational tool than anything.

So check out the depth chart and our analysis after the jump because I know you're DYING to talk some OU football!

Offense
LT
 59 Donald Stephenson
Sr.
6-5
303
   79 Daryl Williams
R-Fr.
6-4
304
LG
 64 Gabe Ikard
So.
6-2
290
 77 Stephen Good or
Sr.
6-4
293
 68 Bronson Irwin
So.
6-4
308
C
 61 Ben Habern
Jr.
6-2
291
   50 Austin Woods
So.
6-4
305
RG
 75 Tyler Evans
Jr.
6-5
316
 74 Adam Shead
R-Fr.
6-3
316
RT
 76 Jarvis Jones
Sr.
6-6
308
 73 Josh Aladenoye
So.
6-5
316
TE
 82 James Hanna
Sr.
6-4
237
   89 Austin Haywood
So.
6-3
239
WR
 2 Trey Franks
So.
5-10
184
   88 Sheldon McClain
R-Fr.
6-1
184
WR
 4 Kenny Stills
So.
6-0
181
 19 Justin McCay
R-Fr.
6-2
209
WR
 85 Ryan Broyles
Sr.
5-11
187
 3 Joe Powell
So.
5-11
166
QB
 12 Landry Jones
Jr.
6-4
230
 15 Drew Allen
So.
6-5
236
FB
 32 Marshall Musil
So.
6-2
230
 49 David Driskill
R-Fr.
6-1
235
RB
 21 Brennan Clay
So.
5-11
185
 23 Brandon Williams
Fr.
5-11
189

Defense
DE
 84 Frank Alexander
Sr.
6-3
259
 90 David King
Jr.
6-4
258
DT
 92 Stacy McGee
Jr.
6-4
284
 97 Jamarkus McFarland
Jr.
6-1
294
DT
 53 Casey Walker
Jr.
6-1
308
 93 Daniel Noble
So.
6-2
276
DE
 56 Ronnell Lewis
Jr.
6-2
237
 91 R.J. Washington
Jr.
6-3
261
OLB
 1 Tony Jefferson
So.
5-10
199
 5 Joseph Ibiloye
Jr.
6-2
222
MLB
 12 Austin Box
Sr.
6-1
228
   21 Tom Wort
So.
6-0
227
OLB
 28 Travis Lewis
Sr.
6-2
233
 7 Corey Nelson
So.
6-0
208
CB
 9 Gabe Lynn
So.
6-0
188
 2 Julian Wilson
R-Fr.
6-2
182
SS
 14 Aaron Colvin
So.
5-11
175
 8 James Haynes
R-Fr.
6-0
189
FS
 30 Javon Harris
Jr.
5-11
203
 27 Sam Proctor
Sr.
5-11
226
CB
 6 Demontre Hurst
Jr.
5-9
172
 35 Julian Winters
R-Fr.
5-10
156

Let's start with the offense shall we, I think the one name OU fans had hoped to see at the top of the depth chart was QB Blake Bell.  As you can see Drew Allen looks like he will head into the start of spring practices as the primary backup to Landry.  Doesn't mean that Bell can't over take him, but I always believed Allen had the edge just from an experience stand point.

Obviously there is only two spots available at the RB spot (for depth chart purposes anyway) and with Roy Finch out injured, you'd expect to not see his name on here.  However, the one name I did expect to see and am surprised not to is that of Jonathan Miller.  I am happy to see Brennan Clay's name and really think OU fans have prematurely written him off for lack of a better word.  How quickly we forget that it was Clay who drew the most praise last summer from Sooner coaches and had he not suffered that nasty concussion in the FSU game, I think he would have played a much larger role in the offense last year.  Then you see Brandon Williams' name and the reality of just how good this kid could be starts to set in.  I cannot wait to see him in the crimson and cream next year!!!

"Starting" WRs are pretty much as you'd expect.  Nice to see Sheldon McClain and Justin McCay, hope to see big things out of them in 2011.  Apparently, at least according this this depth chart, the Joe Powell to cornerback experiment has yet to take place.

James Hanna and Austin Haywood, but not Trent Ratterree?  This is one of the easily explainable ones I was talking about in the open.  Ratterree is out injured, so no point to include him on something like this.  Same deal with Musil being the "starter" at FB as Trey Millard is out with a shoulder injury.

No surprises across the offensive line, which could be a good or bad thing depending on how you want to look at it.  I still expect Shead to win the RG spot, but I'd also like to see some of the younger freshman tackles step up and earn some time this year.

Now for the defense.  Pretty much as you'd expect up front, although I must confess I'm a little surprised to McGee listed as a "starter" given his recent marijuana arrest.  Good to see Noble's name as he tries to come back from a severe concussion suffered last year.  Might be the first time since he arrived in Norman that R.J. Washington made a depth chart, so I guess you have to consider that progress?

Absolutely nothing out of the ordinary at LB, with T-Lew, Box, and Jefferson (listed as a LB) manning the three spots.  Will be really interesting to see how they decide to use Jefferson with the news that we can expect OU to use a lot more of their '50 front' defense.

Now for easily the most shocking aspect of this depth chart.  We expected to see Aaron Colvin's name at the top of any depth chart after Jamell Fleming decided to flunk out, but we did not expect to see his name at safety.  I had heard that the coaches were working him at safety, but that it really didn't mean anything since they work guys at multiple spots all the time.  Now this and you have to wonder if this is being done because they expect Fleming to be back and don't want to waste another of Colving on the bench?  The one thing I can tell you with certainty about this development is the painful realization of how little depth we now have at CB.  Gabe Lynn has a ton of potential but has never played, Julian Wilson is a guy the coaches have raved about but again has never played, then I look down and see the name of Julian Winters.  Who the heck is Julian Winters?!?  I'd like to think I follow this team and recruiting just about as much as anyone and I've never even heard of this kid???  Maybe he's another Colvin, he came out of nowhere last year, but right now, sight unseen it has to be considered a weak link no?

Alright, it's football so I expect plenty of comments people!