The Oklahoma Sooners have updated their depth chart for this Saturday, and true freshman Trey Sermon appears to have earned a start at running back. Additionally, it appears that Kahlil Haughton will get the start at free safety in Will Johnson’s absence.
Last Saturday in Columbus, Sermon played like an upperclassman against the Buckeyes as he gained tough yards and excelled in the passing game both as a blocker and a receiver. His highlight of the evening was one of the most crucial plays of the game — his touchdown reception on Mayfield’s scramble to put OU up 24-13.
Sermon reminds me a bit of Samaje Perine, but he’s a bit quicker and a bit more agile. He’s also a lot taller and weighs about 20 pounds less. Okay, maybe it’s not that great of a comparison, but you can definitely see some similarities in their running styles.
I really like Abdul adams and the other backs, but Sermon just seems like the best of the bunch at this point just because of how many different things he does well. It’s not exactly a stretch to say that he could be the next great back at Oklahoma, and he’s certainly on that trajectory after earning this start three games into his college career.
- Kahlil Haughton and Prentice McKinney are listed as the free safeties on the depth chart. No sign of Robert Barnes, who’s out with a hammy. Barnes looked good up there, but so did Haughton. I think OU will be fine there in the short term. I hope we get to see a good amount of McKinney, who came to OU with considerable hype.
- No Du’Vonta Lampkin, who also saw quite a few snaps up in Columbus. However, I don’t think he showed up on it last week either, so maybe he’ll see some time in the second half?
- Mark Andrews is listed as the starter after getting dinged up on Saturday and missing a good chunk of the game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see exit after the first quarter, but maybe they’ll let him keep playing up until halftime.
- With Cody Ford out this week, Ben Powers unsurprisingly is holding the spot at left guard. We may get to see a bit of former JUCO product Ashton Julious in this one as well.