The Oklahoma Sooners officially kickoff the season in just over a week. As college football fans descend upon various locations around the nation, the anticipation remains at a high. With the expectations firmly set, I’d like to take a moment to make a bold prediction.
Heading into the current season, all eyes remain firmly on two players — Kyler Murray and Rodney Anderson — and rightfully so. After winning the quarterback battle, Murray takes the reigns for the first time as the No. 1 option in Norman. Racking up 359 yards as the backup option, the transfer tossed three touchdowns while refusing to turn the ball over. In the same breath, Murray completed 85.7% of his pass attempts. Those numbers should alleviate many of the concerns fans held over the QB from Texas A&M. Poised for a breakout season, I’m not convinced that Murray will be the best player on the roster.
On the other hand, Anderson burst on to the scene as a consistently productive runningback. Posting 1161 yards on the ground on just 188 carries sets the feature back up for lofty expectations moving forward. In combination, Anderson will manuver through a talented and experienced offensive line. These facts give justification to the numbers many believe Anderson is capable of recording this year. Yet, the focus on these two players leaves an opening for another player to slide into the fold.
That players is undoubtedly Marquis Brown. Starting only eight games a year ago, the wideout managed an impressive feat in eclipsing the 1,000 yard receiving barrier. All of those yards we’re tallied on 57 receptions giving Brown an average of 19.2 per catch. Clearly an electric playmaker, the now junior poses a threat to all defenders. Possessing top notch speed, this talent could easily run into the record books. Needless to say, Oklahoma may have a Biletnikoff Award winner in the near future as Brown is already listed on the preseason watch list.
However, with much of the attention being diverted, I have fully bought into the idea that Brown could post better numbers than Dede Westbrook of the past. This where my prediction comes in as I’m assuming this will be the case. As such, Brown will be in NYC as a Heisman finalist at the end of the season.