Last week we reported that junior Durron Neal was looking crisp in Oklahoma's first workout of the season. That information was backed up when Bob Stoops mentioned to the media on Saturday that Neal as one of the players that has drawn attention early in camp.
Now we're getting word that redshirt freshman K.J. Young is turning some heads in practice with the ability to compete for the ball and come up with it against tight coverage.
In addition we've been told that sophomore Austin Bennett has an quick first step off the line and has shown very good speed against Oklahoma's defensive backs in practice drills.
Obviously we're still a ways out from game day but I'm liking the things I'm hearing about Oklahoma's receivers. With Sterling Shepard the lone guy as a proven playmaker (taking into account the uncertainty of DGB) it is imperative that Oklahoma legitimately has multiple other threats. Not sure that I'd bank on Young or Bennett (caught 2 passes for 23 yards last year) being those guys right now but it at least shows that the group of receivers is making an impression.
On the defensive side of the ball we're told that sophomore corner Zack Sanchez physically looks stronger than he did a year ago and is "battling with receivers on every play." A Freshman All-American in 2013, Sanchez is anchored on one side of the field while Julian Wilson, Cortez Johnson and Stanvon Taylor are locked in a "tight" competition for the other side.
One of the better things to come from the practice reports is the news that Oklahoma's offensive line is healthy, experienced and deep. The Oklahoman has some good insight on the linemen along with a couple of quotes. Here's one of my favorites:
"We're deeper than we've ever been since I've been here, that's for sure," said junior center Ty Darlington. "We have nine, 10 guys that can step on the field and play and we'd be confident in that.
"I could not tell you who's gonna start up front right now. ...It could be any combination of guys, and that's gonna make us all better." - The Oklahoman