The Oklahoma Sooners entered Saturday’s game against the UTEP Miners hoping to answer some questions surrounding the offensive unit. Scoring on 8-of-11 offensive drives, the points rolled in as eight different players crossed the goal line. Although there’s a lot of inexperience at the skill positions, it was clear that weapons are lurking all over the field.
Quarterback // A+
Baker Mayfield spread the ball out effectively in the first half. Completing 19-of-20 attempts for 329 yards and three touchdowns, the signal caller set the bar high for those to come. At the commencement of the second half, Kyler Murray took over the reigns. Regardless of who was on the field, the Sooner continuously found a way to score. Most importantly, of the three quarterbacks who took the field, none threw an interception!
Receivers // A+
Coming into the season, this remained the one of the bigger question marks on the offensive side of the ball. However, the receiving group showcased a level of depth fans haven’t seen in quite some time. It all starts with the resurgence of the tight end position. Mark Andrews caught a team leading seven passes while amassing 134 yards. Behind him, Jeff Badet proved to be a threat and should continue to produce the most yards per catch each outing. On four receptions, Badet racked up 92 yards keeping much of the pressure off a running back core still looking for a leader.
Running Backs // A-
The stable of running backs remains a mystery. Flashes of strength and speed were certainly available but none of the backs solidified themselves as the “go to” guy in my opinion. Crossing the goal line twice while refusing to couch up the ball goes a long way. Needless to say, the backs rotated constantly with none receiving double-digit carries. Could it be a ploy do disguise the true offense before a trip to Columbus, Ohio? At this point, who knows what games are being played. But I still have a question mark hanging over this group.
Offensive Line // A
Against an opponent like UTEP while possessing an incredibly talented offensive line, I don’t expect a sack to show up on the stat sheet. Unfortunately, that’s the case here for Oklahoma’s offensive line. This remains the group that will set the pace for the rest of the offense and will play at a high level throughout the duration of the season. It’s hard to give a bad grade anywhere due to the success and the overall product witnessed on the field.