The Oklahoma Sooners host the Texas Tech Red Raiders this evening in Gaylord Memorial Stadium. As fans flood into Norman, Oklahoma for homecoming weekend, the level of excitement should reach a new high. With a chance to showcase the program to a plethora of recruits, the coaching staff made a few changes to the depth chart. Releasing an official two-deep hours before kick-off, there are a few things to note.
First off, Rodney Anderson put together a heroic performance against the Kansas State Wildcats. Becoming who many expected him to be at the onset of the season, it appears as though the redshirt sophomore has earned yet another opportunity to start. Labeled right in line with Anderson is the freshman phenom, Trey Sermon. However, it begs the question of: what happened to Abdul Adams?
Over the course of time, the running back situation has continuously shifted from one player to another. Yet, it was Adams proving to be the most well rounded back in the stable. Suffering an injury, the sophomore took a back seat. Does an injury warrant losing a starting role? Not in my opinion — but that’s why I’m not the head coach at the University of Oklahoma.
Lincoln Riley has stated on numerous occasions that he’ll play those who are capable of delivering time and time again. Going with the hot hand, it’s hard to argue against starting Anderson. Needless to say, I’m still not at a point where I can label him as the best back on the roster. Is he a capable? I’ll answer that with a resounding yes!
At the receiver position, it appears as though Jeff Badet is losing ground to the youngsters. Touted as guys that demostrate consistency in practice, Marquise Brown and Mykel Jones are finally beginning to put it together in game situations. While Jones has cemented himself in a starting role, Brown has been listed as a co-starter with the aforementioned Badet.
It’s the same situation for the graduate transfer when it comes to punt return duties.
On the defensive side of the ball, Du’Vonta Lampkin has entered as a clear starter. He’ll take the place of Marquise Overton in the lineup along the trenches. Of course, the equation would look much different if Matt Romar was available. As for now, that does it!