After making a run to college football's Final Four in 2015 the Oklahoma Sooners entered 2016's spring practices with a handful of questions. Some of those were answered in Saturday's Red/White game as fans were treated to a glimpse of the team that they'll see take the field this fall. While there's a who lot to be excited about with the 2016 Sooners, there's also a couple of reasons to cross your fingers and hold your breath.
The Offensive Line Is Still A Work In Progress
There's a crud-ton of potential here but much of it is young, raw, or both. Granted there was a quick whistle when it came to the quarterbacks but Oklahoma's signal callers were sacked 8.5 times on Saturday. It will be imperative to OU's success this fall that Baker Mayfield remain healthy and the first step to making that happen is protecting him. Mayfield suffered three of those sacks with one of them being a safety.
Kyler Murray Is Really Fast...And Really Ineligible
The first thing Texas A&M transfer Kyler Murray did was show off his wheels. The sophomore took off to the left and dashed down the sideline for a long gain that left the crowd fascinated. Next he showed off his arm by connecting on six of his ten passes for 136 yards and two scores. He was the only quarterback on the field who threw a touchdown pass and he was also the only quarterback who won't be able to play next season. Due to NCAA transfer rules Murray will have to sit out the 2016 season which puts the Sooners in a bit of a bind with depth.
Baker Mayfield was his typical self, throwing for a team-high 142 yards while completing 13-of-18 passes. The next man up is Austin Kendall who showed flashes but also looked very much like the true freshman that he is. Kendall completed 8-of-17 passed for 52 yards. The fact that he was given basically the same number of passing attempts as Mayfield shows the coaching staff wants him ready this fall. However, the fact that his completion percentage was south of 50% shows there's still a lot of room for improvement.
A.D. Miller, Dede Westbrook And Michiah Quick Make A Solid Trio
It wasn't a secret coming into the game that A.D. Miller was having a good spring. In fact, he, along with Dede Westbrook and Michiah Quick were often mentioned by coaches over the last month or so. It's just that no one outside of the football program has been able to see them since New Year's Eve.
With Sterling Shepard off to the NFL later on this month, Oklahoma's new trio of receivers combined to catch 12 passes for 188 yards and a score. You get the feeling that it's going to be a lot of fun watching them attack defensive secondaries this fall.
Corner Isn't Settled Yet But It Wasn't Expected To Be
Sophomore PJ Mbanasor and senior Dakota Austin are competing to replace Zack Sanchez and it's apparent the position battle won't be settled until the conclusion of fall camp. Austin got the start in Saturday's spring game but you can't help but think that the coaches really like Mbanasor.