Oklahoma’s first fall practice came before the crack of dawn, which means football season is upon us!
Here’s a list of players who would put ours minds at ease with solid showings in the month of August.
A.D. Miller - WR
Dede Westbrook, Jarvis Baxter and Mark Andrews are the only WR targets with a moderate amount of experience (I won’t quite put Smallwood or Mead into this category). Needless to say, people need to step up. After a solid spring, I’d like to see A.D. Miller be that guy.
He was physically gifted enough to earn some playing time down the stretch at Tennessee as a true freshman (you may recall him being pushed out of the endzone late in the 4th for a pass interference penalty), but he largely disappeared after that. That physical prowess was put on display during the spring game, when he had four catches for 46 yards and was pretty close to make some more big plays. He’s a pretty big target at 6-3 and has got some serious wheels, so I’d love to see what he can do if let loose this fall.
Austin Kendall - QB
We all love the way that Baker plays - he’s fearless and has a knack for creating great moments. But that fearlessness could unfortunately sideline him at times this season. Enter Austin Kendall, our true freshman quarterback and Lincoln Riley’s first QB recruit. I actually thought he looked pretty good during the spring game, even if the numbers (8-17, 52 yards) didn’t jump off the page. He needs to develop and make strides during fall camp, because we’ll probably be needing him at some point.
Caleb Kelly - LB
The prized recruit of the previous spring’s class is always someone to watch in fall camp, regardless of the year. But Kelly has the potential to fill an enormous void left by Eric Striker - that of the quick and powerful edge rusher. When you look at his high school tape, his size and athleticism become more that apparent. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and (possibly) fellow freshman Mark Jackson will likely see similar roles this year, but Kelly is the the one that I’d like to see stand out.
Neville Gallimore - DT
The incredibly powerful Canadian made the Sooner Nation happy in January of 2015 by picking an OU hat over options from Ohio State and Florida State. However, he redshirted last season to adjust to the steep increase in the level of play. Becoming a starter this year might be a bit of a task this season, he should be able to crack the rotation up front with a year in the program under his belt.
Jeffrey Mead - WR
He stands at 6-5, he can get up in the air and he can run pretty well. Most anticipated that the lanky wideout would make an impact last season as a sophomore, and it looked like it could happen after a touchdown in the opener against Akron. However, he missed the next game against Tennessee and caught only four more passes the rest of the season. If the junior doesn’t crack the rotation soon, he’ll likely be passed over by the younger receivers on campus. Needless to say, this is a big camp for Jeffrey Mead.