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Oklahoma Sooners 2017 depth chart released

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The Oklahoma Sooners now have a depth chart for Saturday’s opener vs. UTEP, and there are a few surprises.

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With the Oklahoma Sooners season opener against the UTEP Miners just days away, the official depth chart was released Wednesday on SoonerSports.tv.

With the starters along offensive and defensive fronts pretty much set ahead of time, the focus Wednesday was squarely on the skill positions, where the Sooners are expecting young players to step up and play big roles in 2017.

Full Depth Chart

Offense:

  • A starter has still not been named at the position. It doesn’t really matter who starts at running back considering their plan to go by committee in 2017, but I thought they would maybe name Adams the starter based on how he performed in camp.
  • WOW! True Freshman CeeDee Lamb will be a starter at the X WR position ahead of veterans Jordan Smallwood and A.D. Miller. His upside is through the roof, and he may end up having a huge season.
  • Walk-ons Myles Tease and Lee Morris are on the depth chart at the H and Y positions, respectively.
  • Jeffery Mead gets the start at the Z, but his backups (Jeff Badet and Marquise Brown) will surely get some looks, as well.

Defense:

  • Tyreece Lott has received high praise this fall, but I didn’t expect him to be this high in the pecking order. Sounds like he’s the real deal. The surprise here is no Du’Vonta Lampkin on the depth chart.
  • As expected, true freshman Kenneth Murray and Parnell Motley are starters at MIKE and corner, respectively. Mike Stoops indicated as much in the past week, and he wasn’t lying.
  • Will Johnson earns the start at FS, but don’t be surprised to see a whole lot of talented frosh and OU legacy Robert Barnes.
  • Way to go, Tre Norwood! The three-star freshman out of Fort Smith is currently higher on the depth chart than four-star freshmen Tre Brown and Justin Broiles. I think all three will see time this year, but the lightning-fast Norwood has been rewarded for turning heads in camp.
  • Jeff Badet and Mykel Jones will return kicks, while CeeDee Lamb will return punts. Lots of speed, athleticism and potential for big plays there.

Here was the prediction I made for the depth chart several days ago. I did a decent job, but I definitely underestimated a couple of the freshmen!