Under the reins of junior quarterback Kyler Murray, the Sooner offense is playing at a level reminiscent of when Baker Mayfield was running the show.
Unfortunately for Oklahoma, running back Rodney Anderson has been ruled out for the rest of the season, and despite several other running backs that are capable of stepping up and shouldering some of the load, the passing game has become significantly more important all of a sudden.
Through two games so far, sophomore receiver standouts Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb have combined for 19 catches for over 400 yards and three touchdowns. Their numbers account for half of of the team’s receptions, two-thirds of the team’s receiving yardage, and half of the team’s receiving touchdowns. While impressive, that doesn’t necessarily mean good news moving ahead.
While star receivers is never a bad thing, the real issue is who else is there? Oklahoma has several different wideouts that have potential to make plays, but whether or not they will step up and actually make a play has yet to be seen. Sure, junior A.D. Miller has a couple of touchdowns, and junior Lee Morris, who was put on scholarship after a successful showing in the season opener, had an impressive 65-yard touchdown reception, but nobody has really stepped up to be a consistent threat.
So far, the Sooners haven’t really struggled to put points on the board, so perhaps no one has stepped in a bigger receiving role because there has been no real need. However, if either Brown or Lamb fails to produce in a game, and no one else steps up to pick up the slack, then the offense could sputter.