It’s been over three months since the Oklahoma Sooners 2017 season ended in heartbreaking and dramatic fashion, but renewed hope for yet another College Football Playoff run will be in the air at Saturday’s Spring Game.
Time: 1:15 p.m. CT (TV broadcast begins at 1, radio at 12:30)
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Live Stream: SoonerSports.tv, Sooner Sports App (Premium content with subscription required on both platforms)
Commentary: Chad McKee, Dusty Dvoracek and Jessica Coody
Radio: 107.7 FM The Franchise in Oklahoma City and 97.5 FM KMOD in Tulsa, TuneIn Radio
Bob Stoops Statue Dedication: Begins at 10 a.m. with a FREE broadcast on SoonerSports.tv and Sooner Sports App
Players to Watch
- Kyler Murray & Austin Kendall - It’s best not to get too high or too low on a scrimmage performance, and that’s especially true as it pertains to QB play. However, the opportunity to compare and contrast the two participants in an offseason QB competition is going to provide plenty of headlines and talking points in the days, weeks and months to follow.
- Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles - One of the program’s most celebrated recruits in recent years has been working at safety, cornerback and nickel this spring for Kerry Cooks, and he has been living up to the hype thus far. It’ll be interesting to see how many snaps the youngster gets at each position on Saturday.
- Kennedy Brooks - One of 2017’s most intriguing prospects sat out last season following an offseason shoulder operation, but the Mansfield, Texas running back ran for 2,865 yards and 40 touchdowns in just 11 games as a senior competing at Texas high school football’s highest level. According to Lincoln Riley, “Kennedy is what we thought he was. He’s made some runs this spring so far, man, that you’re like all he does is make runs. And you see why he was the Tom Landry Award winner in the metroplex. Rushed for so many yards because he’s doing the same thing out here”. With Abdul Adams departed for Syracuse and Riley liking to spread out the carries, don’t be surprised to see Brooks get plenty of snaps this fall.
- Neville Gallimore - Will Neville Gallimore break out this season and become the dominant defensive lineman Oklahoma so desperately needs? This question has becoming an annual tradition around these parts, and it becomes an even more important following the loss of Du’Vonta Lampkin. He’s been getting some work at nose guard in addition to his typical three-technique DT duties, so we’ll have to see how that works out today and in the coming months. Anyway, the dude weighs 310 lbs. and can (supposedly) run a 4.7 40. He needs to become a star.
- Ryan Jones - The former four-star athlete has been at WR and safety since arriving in 2017, but now he appears settled at the SAM linebacker position. Jones is a phenomenal athlete who could be a serious asset out in space for this defense once he truly gets a hang of things.
- Kahlil Haughton - Haughton is a big, athletic safety who has just never quite been able to make things click during his first three seasons in Norman. You will occasionally see the flashes on the field when he gets his opportunities, but this defense desperately needs him to find some consistency as a senior.
- Charleston Rambo - And here, ladies and gentlemen, is one of my top two candidates to break out on offense in 2018. The redshirt freshman has been getting work at both inside and outside receiver, but he’s been given an opportunity to make his mark in the slot in the absence of Nick Basquine and Mykel Jones — both of whom are out for the spring with injuries. Where will he line up today?
- Creed Humphrey - And here’s the other candidate. He was good enough to start at center as a true freshman but was able to redshirt in 2017, but he’s now the presumptive frontrunner following the graduation of Erick Wren. He has a high ceiling as a run blocker, which hasn’t always been the case with Oklahoma centers — as strong as they’ve been in the passing game — as of late.
In the effort to simulate an actual game experience, Oklahoma will utilize a traditional scoring system in the first half on Saturday. A winner will be declared at halftime, and the second half will look a bit more like a practice. According to Riley, the winners will be given a special meal, with the losers earning a not-so-special meal. What will it be? Will the winner be taken to Diamond Dawgs? Seriously, if you haven’t been to Diamond Dawgs, change that today.
- Recruiting - Oklahoma received commitments from three blue-chip 2019 recruits (WRs Arjei Henderson and Theo Wease, safety Jamal Morris) on Friday and also picked up a pledge for from a 2020 running back (Jaylan Knighton). Expect to spend a second consecutive day on BOOM watch. Here’s a list of official (and some unofficial) visitors.
- Bob Stoops and his former players - Bob’s statue, which will be located with the others south of the football facility, will be dedicated at 10 a.m. A who’s-who of his former star players are back in town for the festivities, so don’t be surprised to see them honored at some point.
- Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman - As many of you are aware, Oklahoma entered a contract with Jordan Brand back in November, and a OU has refreshed its official marks to coincide with that change. Meanwhile, Lincoln Riley has been tweeting about the brand and its apparel all week, which may lead one to believe that something — whether it involves the uniforms, equipment or something along those lines — could be revealed today. Personally, I would like to see Michael Jordan run onto the field in a full football uniform — helmet and all. Is that asking too much?