Oklahoma annual Red/White spring football game is just the latest in a long line of sporting events to be canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis. Undoubtedly one of the primary focal points was to see Baker Mayfield’s Heisman statue unveiled inside the stadium with thousands of fans and a slew of recruits looking on and cheering. While we can say with absolutely certainty that would have been the case, here are a few other things that we may have seen as well.
Lincoln Riley’s Eyeball Emojis
Landing commitments at the spring game has become just about as traditional as the game itself. Partnered with the summer cookout the spring game has become one of two major recruiting events for Riley and his staff. Undoubtedly there would have been a ton of top targets there with a few of them pledging their commitment to the crimson and cream.
A Deeper And Stronger Set Of Defensive Backs
Tre Brown is heading into his senior season and Jaden Davis is a year older. Its my opinion those two would have emerged as the top two options at the corner position but a healthy Tre Norwood would have added more depth and experience.
Some Idea Of What’s Going On At Defensive End
The pending suspension of Ronnie Perkins leaves the Sooners more than just thin at the defensive end position. Sophomore Marcus Stripling is the only other defensive end listed on the roster which means Alex Grinch, and his staff, are going to need to get creative. Jalen Redmond can certainly play the position as can LaRon Stokes and Marcus Hicks. Oklahoma can also dip into the linebacker corps for guys like David Ugwoegbu and Brian Asamoah.
New Anchors In The Middle Of The Defensive Line
The additions of JUCO transfers Perrion Winfrey and Josh Ellison have to pay immediate dividends for Oklahoma’s defense. Rated as the #1 and #2 junior college defensive tackles in last year’s recruiting class, these two didn’t show up on campus to develop and then make an impact. They arrived as immediate plug-and-play defensive linemen.
A More Physical And Cohesive Offensive Line
Oklahoma’s offensive line is set for the 2020 season. Well…almost. Erik Swenson alternated with R.J. Proctor at left tackle last season. Now that Proctor is off seeking an NFL career, will Swenson lock down that sport or be challenged by someone like Stacey Wilkins?
As for the other four guys on the line. How can you not like the possibilities of Bill Bedenbaugh having four returning linemen?
Spencer Rattler Having An Edge On Tanner Mordecai At Quarterback
I’m just reaffirming what you were already thinking.
New Stars At Running Back
Trey Sermon is off to Ohio State, Rhamondre Stevenson is facing suspension, and there was little chance we were going to see Kennedy Brooks in this scrimmage. That means Redshirt freshman Marcus Major, junior T.J. Pledger, and true freshman Seth McGowan were set to battle for positions on Oklahoma’s depth chart at running back. My money would have been on Marcus Major.
Charleston Rambo Emerge As The Top Receiver
Oklahoma is set at receiver. We already knew that. However, someone has to emerge as the top threat, replacing CeeDee Lamb. While there’s plenty of potential in sophomore Jadon Haselwood, I believe it would have been Rambo who emerged at the top option.
A redshirt junior in 2020, Rambo is averaging 17 yards per catch, 51 receptions, so far in his career. This season is his time to shine brightest.
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