Last week, OU announced that Sooner legends Adrian Peterson and Trent Williams would be honorary captains for the Spring Game, with the two teams being named Team Peterson and Team Williams. Well, we now know who is on each roster:
Additionally, details for the game were announced, and it’s definitely a departure from the games of yesteryear — but in a good way. For one, a traditional scoring system will be used, which is intended to give it the feel of a real game. Also, the teams were picked by the coaches (the real coaches, not the honorary ones), and the teams are about as evenly matched as one could expect.
Trent Williams and honorary assistant coach Lane Johnson will be represented by the likes of Austin Kendall, Rodney Anderson, Bobby Evans, Caleb Kelly, CeeDee Lamb, Tre Norwood and Ben Powers. Meanwhile Adrian Peterson and Tony Jefferson — the other honorary assistant — will be pulling for a team featuring Kyler Murray, Amani Bledsoe, Marquise Brown, Parnell Motley, Marquise Overton, Dru Samia, Trey Sermon, Austin Seibert and freshman phenom Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles. However, Lincoln Riley pointed out that some guys will have to play on both teams due to injuries and package variation.
So, who has the edge? Well, Team Peterson will have the Murray/Hollywood connection going for it, and we should expect to see a few big ones over the top from that duo. However, Team Williams seems to be a bit more solid across the board — particularly up front on both sides. Williams has Bobby Evans, Cody Ford, Ben Powers and Creed Humphrey along that offensive line, so they’ll be pretty tough. I’m riding with Team Williams, but I’m obviously riding with everybody.
Anyway, this game is going to be much more entertaining than in years past. In spite of your opinion regarding the pregame act (I’m personally not a big Trace Adkins guy), the pregame festivities should be solid, as well. So make sure to make your way to campus and get your fill of the Oklahoma Sooners before the long, hot days of summer arrive.