ou-twitter-avatar1 Open Post | Tuesday, Feb. 11th

- As we mentioned yesterday Oklahoma has offered John Curtis HS DE/OLB, Marshall ‘Bo’ Wallace (River Ridge, LA). Wallace has incredible speed in open space and closes as fast as anyone we’ve seen at that size this year. Looks like a great OLB fit in our new scheme. We asked around about Wallace and got some really good news. The first bit of news was that Wallace actually camped at Oklahoma last summer, so he is familiar with Norman. The second bit is that the offer actually means a lot to him and it sounds like there is a great chance that he will take an official visit to Oklahoma. In fact we asked if OU has a real shot at the New Orleans area based player, even if SEC schools get involved (which they likely will), and I was told we absolutely do!

- Adrienne Talan (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) is not a name that many OU fans are familiar with, but I’m hoping that he will be a relevant name sometime in the future. Talan is a 6’0″ 195 lb OLB/SS/Nickel and I’m a big fan. Talan plays at Flanagan HS in Miami and is coached by former FSU CB Stanford Samuels and former FSU and NFL safety Devin Bush.

Stanford turned me on to him and Talan received his first offer yesterday from Temple. I suspect it will be the first of many. I’ve been told by Stanford (who is a friend that I trust) that Talan’s coverage abilities are so good that he can actually play CB in man coverage. He’s been described to me as “special.” There is actually a play on his film where he literally jumps over the line, lands on his feet, and blocks a FG kick. There is also an unbelievable A-gap run blitz where he just stones the ball carrier.

In my opinion, he brings everything Oklahoma has been missing at the nickel position. He’s physical against the run, he can man up the slot, and he can blitz the edge. He’s the type of Swiss army knife player that would give the defense additional flexibility without substitutions. I’ll be down in Miami this coming weekend to visit Stanford and I hope to get a look at Talan and some other Miami-based prospects up close.

- There have been folks asking if Josh Wariboko (Oklahoma City, OK) is a commit that OU fans need to worry about. I will say that some of those concerns are warranted in that I’ve got it on pretty good authority that Josh may want to look aroun,d but I wouldn’t expect that to happen until perhaps the summer time. A recent visit to his school by a couple of Oklahoma coaches indicates that they are going to be vigilant about keeping Josh in the fold. High profile recruits like Josh have to be recruited throughout the entire process. I believe that even if Wariboko takes some visits and looks around he’ll still end up a Sooner.

- I know it’s that time of the year where we all start speculating on the spring depth chart. To that point, just a quick note I wanted to make on Ahmad Thomas. We’re going to be watching him closely in the spring to see if the coaches consider spinning him down to LB. Thomas is a great down hill type safety and a big kid. But what we’re curious to see is whether he’s got the flexibility to really plan man coverage consistently. We’ve been told that there has been discussion of spinning someone down, but we weren’t told who that was or how serious that discussion was at this time..

- One of my favorite posters over on scout.com, Zach Givens, posted a great interview with coach Mike Stoops on the Sports Animal last week. If you didn’t get a chance to hear the two-part interview here is the link

Also, a couple quotes Zach pulled out that y’all will love:

“I don’t think we’ve ever been better at the defensive line position. If we can get all these guys, we have a chance to be as good as we’ve ever been.”

“This group will be very comparable to Bob’s best defensive lines when you consider Striker as an outside linebacker. Geneo (Grissom) is a guy that has taken a little bit of time to process all the information and now is coming into his own as a player. I’ve never seen Geneo play like that and he flat tore that team up (Alabama). I mean it was technique, he was playing fast, he was aggressive. And now, if we can get him playing like Tapper, you got Chuka Ndulue, Charles Walker, you get Jordan Phillips back. I mean, this is an impressive group of players.”

  • Cory Reedy

    First one here! lol

  • L’carpetron Dookmarriot

    Good news on Wallace. The fact that he comes from John Curtis helps OU’s chances. John and Curtis isn’t tied inexorably with LSU. Many players from there have gone elsewhere, not close elsewhere.

  • Justin Johnston

    Love these daily posts…..who is going to be our safeties and our return guys on kickoffs? Thanks, love the site!

    • captfoss

      I’d assume the safeties will be Byrd and Hayes, with Wilson as the NB.

      Return guys? I assume Shepard on punts, and then maybe Ross / Quick / Woods on kickoffs?

      • EasTex

        I was pondering special teams yesterday and my big question is who will replace Austin Woods as our deep snapper?

        • Gary Robbins

          Good question. They had one listed as Brendan Northcutt, 6-7, 220 out of Frisco, Tx. He was a freshman on the 2013 roster.

          • EasTex

            Thanks. No one can replace Woods as an inspiration to his team, we can only hope his replacement is as steady at the position.

      • Will Narramore

        I think Parker may get that starting spot over Byrd

  • Boomer4life

    Sucks we have to wait so long to see all this talent play out. Come on August….. get here already!

  • Cory Reedy

    “Michiah Quick is a game changer. He can change a game in a hurry.”
    -Mike Stoops

    : )

    • Sooner Ray

      I can not wait to see what Quick can do. I feel he is going to make defenses play honest on every down, if they load up or blitz they will get burned.

      • EasTex

        I visualize him resuming the role of Saunders. I wonder which is faster.

        • Sooner Ray

          From what I understand, Quick is bigger, stronger, Faster, and further along than Saunders was at the same time.

          • JJsooner1

            Omgosh, if what you said is true, this could be a really special player. Saunders was an absolute nightmare for the entire back 7.

      • Doobie74OU

        Think about the Slot Receivers OU has produced going back to Mark Clayton, Juaquin Iglesias, Ryan Broyles, Jalen Saunders, Now we have Sterling Shepard, and going to get Michiah Quick next year! Great Decade Plus for the SOONERS! And much more to come!

  • Jim

    I actually just watched Wallace’s hudl film earlier this morning. I like him. Several things stood out.
    1. Shows great anticipation of the snap
    2. Against the run – he extends his arms well and separates to tackle the ball carrier. You can see his arm extension allows him to keep an eye on where the ball is going.
    3. Fast. Just fast. Quick off the ball. Fastest on kick coverage!! This dude can move.
    4. Showed a solid swim move in a couple of plays

    He would look fantastic as one of our outside pass rushers.

  • Sooner Ray

    If we can get that guy in the middle that demands a double team and our backers can make vicious point of attack tackles, this could very well become one of the best defenses. Cannot wait to see it all come together.

    • Jordan Esco

      We have that guy in the middle, assuming he gets back to 100% after back surgery, in Jordan Phillips.

      • Sooner Ray

        It’s that assuming part that scares me. I’ve heard his problem could be chronic and we need him to be healthy all season.

        • Phil Bowen

          I agree with you totally however, I have been high on Charles Walker since we stole him for next to nothing. I really think this kid is going to be a game changer.

          • Sooner Ray

            Absolutely, I’m for anyone that can stuff the middle and prevent teams from slide protecting.

          • Jordan Esco

            I don’t disagree at all on Walker and his ceiling, just not sure he’s going to be big enough to play in the middle. Could be one hell of a 3-4 DE though, IMO.

        • Jordan Esco

          Everything I’ve heard is that the coaches are very optimistic all will be well. But you’re right in that it’s always hard to say definitively w/ back injuries until the guy is back out there on the field.

        • Doobie74OU

          I think it will really help that because of the development of Wade and a couple others Phillips doesn’t have to do it every play. When Phillips went down last year it was a huge blow because no one seemed to be even close to playing at his level but since some of these guys had to play last year and Wade did a great job down the stretch it is good to know we don’t have to have Phillips do it on every play. We can afford to rest him and his back a few plays throughout the game!

      • OklaSooner

        Has there been any word on how Jordon’s progressing?

        • Jordan Esco

          Not a lot, but what there has been was positive. Backs are just to tricky, especially for a guy that big and at that position.

  • EasTex

    I continue to be amazed and appreciative of the fact that you guys have so many contacts with the recruits and those close to them.

    • BozemanSooner

      agree.

  • EasTex

    I mean, this is an impressive group of players.

    Matt Dimon contributed as a freshman, but is not even close to his full potential.

    • Ed Cotter

      And Jordan Wade did a great job filling in when Phillips went down.
      Actually met a man in Vegas last summer that knew Dimon and he stated that OU got an absolute great player and great young man. He was right!

      • EasTex

        Indeed he is right.
        I watched Dimon closely in the state championship game last year, when he was named Defensive MVP. The only time he was contained was with a triple team block, he usually defeated a double team and on man blocking he did whatever he wanted. If his lights come on the way they did with Grissom this year, depth at DE will be fantastic.

        • DrZemus

          It’s amazing how in ONE year, things have changed this much. This time last year, we were hoping and praying for QRussel to save our defense.

      • lovethemsooners

        I was kind of curious what happened to Dimon down the stretch. Seems like he didn’t get on the field as much during that last 3 game run. Man is there going to be a lot of competition along that DL in the coming years……mainly because there aren’t as many spots up for grabs anymore due to the style of defense we run.

        • sooners12thman

          Pat is this you?

          • lovethemsooners

            It’s me brother.

          • sooners12thman

            Sweet I can catch you on here once in awhile.

          • lovethemsooners

            Man you know you can reach me anytime. That Tennessee game this fall is gonna be pretty big. Looks like there will be several of us going. Probably won’t be able to all get seats together, but Nie and I do plan on staying in the same hotel as you guys(provided they have nice suites). Hopefully we can get all of us at the same hotel, so we can get all liquored up the night before!! ;o)

            So far I have 6 for sure going with 3 very possible, and that’s not including you and Ed. Only wish was this weekend.

          • sooners12thman

            We staying at Isola Bella again in OKC. They are apartment like rooms. Free breakfast and dinner. Everything is booked around Norman.

        • tforce

          Top flight competition will make the DL players, AND OL better.

    • BozemanSooner

      I hope we redshirt Dimon this year. I love his potential and we are so deep at DE.

  • Boomer4life

    Would like to see a Brainiac Breakdown/Thoughts on the upcoming playoff system. Does anyone know if strength of schedule plays a role? Do you just go undefeated and your in?

    • Gary Robbins

      Lingering question. In 2014 what if we have 5 teams with 1 loss (in conference play only). Say 4 teams went on to win their conference championship game and OU/Big 12 doesn’t have one. Would OU/Big 12 be left out in that type scenario?

      • Thomas Lenard

        which 4 conferences?? SEC, BIG10, PAC, most likely would, but not sure of which 4th would be ahead of the BIG XII, maybe Florida State. It will come down to who all you played in conference and out of conference and who you lost to (and how bad).
        It is possible that a BIG XII champ, with 1 loss, might not make it, but unlikely if everyone else has 1 loss.
        Not having a CCG does not hurt us, but, not having a CCG does not help us either, if that makes since.

        • Gary Robbins

          You’re right too many factors. I guess if it were Fl. State, Alabama, Ohio State, and USC there would be a problem. Our only solution is win all our games because somebody in the top 4 CCG will have to lose. Will style points (so to speak) have any factor in this year’s final four football team playoff? It’s going to be hard to please everybody .

          • Thomas Lenard

            College Football will have the same problem picking 4 that it did with 2. There will be at least one (possible more) equally deserving team that gets left out. It will happen no matter what number they end up with (8 or 16).
            I know i have been in the minority, but i have never been an advocate for CFB to have playoffs. I do wish they would find a way to get better teams matched up in the major bowl games though (as in not conference specific). I don’t have a problem with different entities declaring a different team as a NC.

        • Daryl

          Sorry but I totally disagree with that. Not having a CCG is a big deal. You are talking about a room of people making a decision on who gets in. When teams have just finished playing a CCG and win that sticks out in a human mind while any big 12 is school will have been home sitting on the couch. That is why so many have said that OU having a tough non conference helps because it will help them standout. There are no computers anymore just people and their opinions.
          We really need to get the conference back to 12 teams soon. Not only for this scenario but just to be seen as a legitimate conference again. Right now I would say that SEC, Pac 12, and ACC have passed us by.
          Not only that but I believe with no CCG it is almost a lock that a team with 1 loss from the SEC gets in ahead of us even if they don’t go to CCG. For example, this year with Bama. No doubt Bama would have been in that 4 team set and they didn’t even play in the CCG.
          At the end of the day, we control our own destiny. Win and you are in. Lose and you leave it up to a office of people debating.

          • Thomas Lenard

            doesn’t your point about bama, actually prove my point? bama would have got in without a CCG. If the Big XII champ is ranked high enough in the polls, the lack of CCG does not hurt.

          • Gary Robbins

            I wonder how the coaches feel about a CCG? It seems like the OU/OSU game was switched to be opposite the CCG from other conferences. The CCG game is a big money maker. Leroy Jenkins (frequent poster)directed me to a post about the Super 5 Conference discussion. It’s coming and the Big 12 needs to be looking around. Just my opinion, but what do people think.

          • Boomer4life

            I agree! We need to have a CCG and soon! What do you think happens to recruiting if we get passed over on the big game because of talking heads with opinions in room somewhere that are biased.The answer is, it will go down hill fast!

  • bjwalker82

    I was saying the same thing to my buddy a month ago. This team has a chance to be our best D since 2001.

    • tforce

      DB’s need to tackle better.
      For as good as Sanchez was in coverage, the book on him run at him and make him tackle in the open field. He’s very good as a RS-Fr but has a lot of growing to do. Both S positions are basically up for grabs. OU needs better tackling and coverage there.

      LB need to be able to fill gaps vs the run.
      Teams will still try to run right at OU (remember the first 20 minutes of the Kansas game?). Bond may be ILB vs running teams and OLB vs passing teams. Shannon showed the ability to meet and beat an OL in the hole occasionally, but Alexander and he need to get better at this. Part of this is the DL and having a platoon at NG will help.

      DL/OLB has to be able to hold the edge.
      Particularly Striker. Again, getting Phillips back and Walker will likely help as they may be able to hold their position vs teams that want run on the Sooners.

      Vs off-season last year, the defense looks REALLY bright.

      • bjwalker82

        Sanchez and Alexander were both freshies. We have a lot of depth at the LB position to provide multiple looks for Offenses. As you mentioned, the running right at us tactic happened when we lost our space eating DT and our (likely all-conferece) LB. Despite this that area got better throughout the year.

        The talent we have coming in and returning at all the DB position is unbelievable. Byrd, Austin, Brooks, Green, Hayes, Johnson, McQuinnie, Moore, Parker, Sanchez, Taylor, Thomas (might be an LB), J. Thomas, Wilson, Windham!!! Q. Hayes and Julian might not be as talented as the others but they provide vet leadership. This group ooooh this group.

        I am giddy as hell man. The competition at the DB position alone…sheeesh.

  • Zack

    Question about Hansen. I would think they would like to redshirt him but looks like he may have a shot at the back up role if anything were to happen to knight. With KT leaving, bell moving to TE and mayfield sitting out, along with Cody Thomas maybe not getting as many reps due to baseball. I hate to see a kid who has a bright future waste a year when he could redshirt. Your thoughts?

    • Leroy Jenkins

      I’ve got the same concerns. The biggest variable for success next season is TK’s health and durability. If he can stay healthy and play with focus, OU will be a national contender. Part of me still wishes Bell could be available at QB if push came to shove, but my guess is Spring practice will be huge for Cody Thomas and his development.

      • Zack

        Yeah the Bell situation is a little different than the Paul Thompson position change. I think for Paul he still had 2 years left when he switched and I don’t think he had the realistic aspirations of playing in the NFL like Bell does since his dad and uncle played there. So I think Bell is all in with the move to TE. I really don’t like the rule that Mayfield can’t play right away since he was a walk-on and still is. But hopefully Knight stays healthy

        • Shelby is a Patriot

          Ditto on Knight staying healthy. But yeah, I would say Bell would be 3rd option at QB, with CT second. I also think it’s messed up that Mayfield has to sit, he paid his own way, wasn’t promised a scholarship, wasn’t recruited by Tech, etc.

    • Doobie74OU

      Heard some talk early on when they were discussing the Bell move to TE and they were saying if Knight went down early in the season and was going to miss significant time then they may consider moving Bell back to QB. They did something similar when they lost Bomar right before the season and moved Paul Thompson back from WR were he was going to play. It says a lot about the young guys though that OU would let a proven starter in Bell move to TE and leave these young guys to be the primary back-ups!

    • Jordan Esco

      re: Hansen – I firmly believe they will redshirt him if at all possible. I think they’d move Blake back to QB before they’d burn Hansen’s shirt.

      • Sooner Ray

        I hope you all can get some insight on Cody through spring/summer,( how much work he is able to put in and how he’s handling everything ), that will say a lot about what the plan would be for Bell.

        • Jordan Esco

          If things go as I’ve been told, I think everyone here is going to be amazed w/ the info we’re expecting to get this spring/summer.

          • Sooner Ray

            Good news bud!

          • Stephen

            News on the stadium?

          • Jordan Esco

            Nothing new (at least that I’ve heard). Saw another comment from a kid that was at jr. day that mentioned a $400MM number, but I continue to hear there could be some type of announcement later this spring.

          • Stephen

            $400m? Seeing that the new Baylor stadium doesn’t even total $300m, it’s hard to imagine the plans that could amount to the cost. Either way, a very exciting time for Oklahoma.

  • longshot Sooner

    I found this site a couple of weeks ago and have visited everyday since, Id like to thank you guys for the plethora of info and insight into the beast known as Oklahoma Football… Thanks Guys

    • Jordan Esco

      Happy you found it and thanks for continuing to come back!

  • Leroy Jenkins

    That Mike Stoops interview is dynamite, thanks for posting that link. He seems really keen on Steven Parker getting early playing time. I love the intense competition for playing time…it’s gonna be a blast to see who comes out on top.

    Also, I love how Mike basically said Nick Saban admitted to recruiting leaner, faster guys in the aftermath of the 2014 Allstate Bayou Beatdown Bowl. All I see on ESPN is how Bama is the “recruiting champ”…yada, yada, yada. But you know what? OU made them re-evaluate their entire philosophy re: recruiting and schemes. ESPN, Rivals, etc. all make Bama seem infallible, but but it mattered most OU hit them in the mouth. We didn’t need a last second, divinely-inspired miracle to pull out a win against the mighty Bama. We beat them by 14…in NOLA…on national TV…in a major bowl game. TK played like Joe Montana, Brennan Clay played with unmatched toughness, and guys like Bester, Tapper, & Grissom made HUGE plays for us. Like Mike said, OU has a “unique blend of size, speed, and quickness,” and sooner (pun) or later ESecPN will have to take notice.

    • Sooner Ray

      Mike sounded like a kid on Christmas eve and for good reason.

      • SamSooner

        The thing that most impressive about that interview is that Mike admitted OU had lost some of its “luster.” That the sign of a great leader. He now knows why thing need to change. Great stuff. I can’t wait for next season.

  • OUknowitscomin

    http://instagram.com/p/kQFpbTvrMn/

    Jerry Montgomery: Oh yea I am ready to C- Walk

    • Sooner Ray

      Walker looks like he is a hair trigger away from snatching someone’s head completely off, then walking away with a smile!

      • OUknowitscomin

        Cannot wait to see him. Coaches got to be like kids in candy store with the depth on D line. Just dreaming of all the ways to use them.

  • Josh

    Geneo reminds me of Frank Alexander in the fact that it has taken him a long time to get to this point and I think he is poised for a monster senior yr just like Frank had.

  • EasTex

    We all loved the reverse that Shepherd scored on just before the half in the Sugar Bowl.

    I was impressed with the play call and the execution, it was as if they had game planned for just this situation.

    All the players in motion completely baffled the Bama keys, except for Mosley. The MLB and the safeties were jumping around trying to read the play. Any opportunity for them to make a play was lost before the battle began.

    • Sooner Ray

      When we get these big wide outs stretching the field, plays like that will be automatic!

      • EasTex

        That would be awesome!
        Hats off to the coaches that designed this play and to the players for executing it to perfection.

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      Although he didn’t have to do too much in that play due to the great blocking, I’ve noticed often when run Shepard like that he always gets more yards than he should. He’s a beast. Especially the play where he stayed in bounds with his heels hanging over the white line. Insane!

    • tforce

      That play and the 4th down call with Saunders were definitely designed specifically for Bama.

  • John Garner

    This place never ceases to amaze me. Thanks so much for all your efforts. Much better than Rivals or OUInsider. Can’t wait for the games to begin.

  • sooners12thman

    I’m a little worried about Phillips back still. If he can stay healthy he is the Biggest Monster on the line. Great interview on Mike.

  • Sooner Sam

    A nice Tuesday afternoon tidbit for my Sooner friends:

    “Hearing good things on OU’s Blake Bell running TE in 7-on-7s. The test will come in the spring when he has to block. But so far, so good.” -Jake Trotter”

    • Sooner Ray

      A good tidbit is always welcome here!

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      Man, I keep thinking about that play where Bell trucked that TCU kid…that would be awesome to see with him as a TE. This is great to hear about the 7-on-7s! I hope it works out!

      • Sooner Sam

        I cant help but think about the gadget play capabilities of having a TE with that much experience at QB. Hopefully we bust something out against Texas or OSU. That is assuming Bell can get on the field over guys like McNamara & Grant.

        • Shelby is a Patriot

          Not to mention Carson Meier coming in, assuming he doesn’t RS. If it works out, and he does see the field, the possibilities would give opposing teams nightmares!

          • Sooner Sam

            Who would have ever thought two years ago that there was a chance that we could see OU line up in a legitimate two tight-end set without having to use a FB as one of the tight ends.

          • Shelby is a Patriot

            Every time we threw to a TE in the Sugar Bowl and Bedlam, I high five’d everyone in the house over and over until they were annoyed with me.

          • John Garner

            I did the same thing when McNamara caught his pass in the Sugar Bowl.

          • Sooner Ray

            Make them suffer Shelby!

    • Jordan Esco

      Appreciated, Sam!

      Seems very much in line w/ everything that’s been posted here previously about the move. Won’t really know much until he puts the pads on.

      • Sooner Sam

        I really appreciate the time that you guys put into this site. It has been fun to watch the comments section continue to grow. The ONLY thing that could make it better would be you bringing your old “Film Studies” from that “other” site. I’m sure you are more than happy to be done spending hours a week working on those though.

        • ToatsMcGoats

          THIS^^^

          • Sooner Ray

            And this^^^^^^^^

        • Jordan Esco

          I actually missed doing them once everything went down over there. As time consuming as they were, it really gave me a perspective on the game I thoroughly enjoyed. I never imagined anyone else would actually enjoy it, so to see the response from those who have and want it to come back has been very humbling.

          I hope it’s something that can happen next year, but I also need to be respectful of the excellent job JY does already in breaking down the games.

          I’m optimistic we can come to some sort of compromise where both can be posted and it doesn’t become redundant for all of you here.

          • Sooner_Ace

            +1000

    • red clay

      hmmm. Bell, with momentum, throwing a block. I wonder how that might turn out . . .

      • Sooner Ray

        Like a cajun throwing hot sauce on a crawfish!

        • red clay

          Since Bell is from KS, allow me to offer this regional analogy: Like a John Deere harvester mowing down a ripe wheat field.

          Idk. Needs work. What do you think?
          Boeing makes military aircraft in Wichita. Maybe a war image of some kind.

  • ICommentOnThings

    This site is so good and filled with insider info that I’d turn off AdBlock for you guys.

    • Jordan Esco

      HUUUUUUUUGE!

  • Leroy Jenkins

    This may have been asked already…but have you guys thought about doing a podcast?

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      That would be awesome! I’d listen.

    • Jordan Esco

      I broached the subject briefly w/ K, who I am absolutely convinced you guys would LOVE in that type of format.

      There are a number of things planned for the future (as I’ve been told) and I hope that to be one of them.

      • Shelby is a Patriot

        The future is bright!

      • Leroy Jenkins

        Sounds good. Also, have you heard of Jamile Johnson, the safety from Dallas (South Oak Cliff)? Sounds like he’s being recruited by OU pretty hard.

      • BozemanSooner

        that would be incredible!

      • Sooner Ray

        Get it done Esco! You the man!

    • Sooner Ray

      Podcast? where in the hell did you come up with that? Your mind is a scientific experiment Leroy! LOL!!!!!

      • Leroy Jenkins

        Haha I immediately thought of Young Frankenstein for some reason. I love that movie.

        And I know some other sites do podcasts but I’ve never listened to them. Since this site has the best OU content by far, I’m sure their podcast would be the best as well.

  • tforce

    Nickel question:
    Basically, I think OU’s defense as needing 3 players with similar skill sets on the field at the same time: Nickel and two safeties. These three positions require similar coverage and tackling requirements but have different requirements for quickness vs speed and physical attributes.

    Last year OU’s back 5 got burned pretty badly by a couple of teams, Baylor and Bama. OU returns two players that played Nickel/Safety, Wilson and Hayes. I think Wilson did a very good job for most of the year. I wouldn’t say the same about Hayes production.

    OU has a history of having Senior defenders excel in their final year so I’m hopeful for Hayes. That said, OU got pretty lucky last year by having few injuries to DBs (exception Colvin), so the Sooners will need at least one other player to step up and possibly two.

    I see Bryd and Parker as possible options at safety. I think OU’s set with Wilson at Nickel (unless you’re considering Kass Everett as the NB).

    • Zack

      I agree with you on this nickel will work best against the teams in the big 12 maybe not against texas though. I would like to see mike stoops stay 4 or 5 years and really get the defense going again. It’s obvious he knows how to put guys in a position to succeed.

      I think kass graduated. And I read someone’s take that Ahmad Thomas may be encouraged to move to linebacker so he may be able to play nickel but they’re set this year with Wilson although it would be nice to see him on the outside playing corner with his size.

    • Sooner Ray

      I watched Parker 1st hand in HS and he does not lack speed, he can show up anywhere on the field when needed. If he can adapt to D1, he is exactly what we have been needing.

  • tforce

    Scipio Tex did a very level-headed evaluation of UT’s recruiting class at Barking Carnival. He looked at their class vis-a-vis need and players brought in. There was no smoke blown up fans’ rears. Poor recruiting was defined as such.

    It would be great if you guys did something similar. I’d double my contribution if you did!

  • John Garner

    Am I allowed to add updates from elsewhere on the internet? I saw a report that Jalin Barnett and Darryl Patterson are close to committing. Not sure that qualifies as news but it was interesting only because of how the 2015 class is developing. I wonder how much of it can be attributed to how we closed out the 2013 season with wins over highly-ranked teams in OSU and Bama.

    • Zack

      I hope the report is right on Barnett that would be a big boost to a class that’s already on pace to be top 10. One of the sites I use doesn’t show Patterson to have an offer from ou yet but maybe his mind is made up just waiting on an offer.

      • John Garner

        That’s what I read. They’re both coming to the March JD and reportedly will commit then.

        • Zack

          That would be nice I would hope Sunderland is there and does the same

          • Sooner Ray

            I like Sunderland’s tape.

    • Steve Cooke

      It said Barnett is close & Patterson would commit WHEN OFFERED, but he hasn’t been offered yet.

      • Sooner Ray

        Wasn’t Patterson told the coaches wanted to re-evaluate him at a later date?

        • Steve Cooke

          I not sure re-evaluate is the word I took from it. I took it as they wanted to do some deeper evaluation & decide whether they offer this summer or wait and see if they miss on some other recruit.

    • Sooner Ray

      You can update from the internet because everything on the internet is true until we kick it around in here and determine that it is not, update until your heart is content my friend!

  • kt-raida

    I wonder how Dannon cavel is doing when he came in last year they said he would definitely contribute then we don’t see him.

  • DickBump

    Read a lot, post not much. Great site, best out there. Keep up the good stuff…

    • Sooner Ray

      Stick around, I hear there are good things to come.

      • Boomer4life

        I’m holding out for some Brainiac swag coming soon! These guy’s are doing a great job!

        • Sooner Ray

          Flat out kicking A$$ as far as I’m concerned, but that’s just me.

  • JJsooner1

    Is there a way to help support what you guys do here? Like random donations?

    • Sooner Ray

      Please send all random donations to Sooner Ray and JY, what he doesn’t eat, I will drink! HAHAHHAHAAHAHA!

      • JJsooner1

        Good stuff Sooner Ray!! I know this is a free site, but hell its better than any pay site I’ve seen and thought it would be appropriate to help with expenses considering the quality we all enjoy. Or maybe just really good beer?

      • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

        I’m down!

      • Doobie74OU

        FOOD & BEER! I think you could get several volonteers for this arangement!

  • pitbull17

    I wonder what DJ Ward is going to look like this year? Have the Brainiacs gotten any information on his recovery? The kid was a monster his junior year, hopefully he has fully recovered and finds a way to see some playing time in what is starting look like a stacked front for OU.

    • JJsooner1

      Wondering the same thing myself.

    • Shifty

      looked pretty stout going against Daryl in bowl prep

  • Doobie74OU

    NO MORE FOOTBALL BRAINIACS FOR ME! maybe lol! My wife says I’m to jacked up about OU Football for the next game to be 6 months away! When I told her that is was only 200 days and 21 hours (considering most of those early games are at 6pm) she gave me “THE LOOK!” She then proceed to say “YOU HAVE A PROBLEM!” I told her she was right of course but not to worry I was sure it would all work out and OU would settle on a back-up QB long before our next game!

    • Sooner Ray

      Hell, I just bought a second home for my wife to stay in during football season…..no problem now dude!.

      • Doobie74OU

        LOL!
        Yeah I bought a 20′ Travel Trailer for Football Season. I figured the extra mobility would make me harder to find come Gameday!

        • Jake Kimbrell

          Good stuff! I divorced mine cos her dad always carries a pistol and keeps a picture in his wallet of his donkey…excuse me mule named Pete! Damn inlaws are all fans of the cowpukes, damn sure gets to lookin a bit too halloweeny,as pat jones did say, when they congregate. No of em really know the difference between anything gridiron and a hole in the ground though, usually watch ou with my pops where the rules are clear no poke fans and women gossip in the other room with the kids, always annoys the hell out of me If I watch at my brother in laws he’s a sooner but the damn inlaws and their siblings always show up and talk about Mules or smart off about ou when they get a chance, last time was funny though one of the uncles friend showed up was as sooner and we were drinking on the same level when West Virginia popped that 80 harder on us my father in law babbled some gibberish and the family friend looked at and said the sob in the duster and caboy hat better shut up! I was rolling and the nuisance decided he should go outside.

    • JJsooner1

      Doobie, I have 2 choices; Go out to the garage or the man-cave. I can “react” in the garage. If I “react” in the man-cave, she has a stroke and comes in there to see what’s wrong(actually I think its just an opportunity to tell me something “clever”) . I was thinking of investing in ear plugs by the gross for her. Thoughts? :-)

      • Doobie74OU

        Yeah I think I’ll buy some Stock in a ear plug manufacturing company! LOL!

  • Pat3332

    I’ve been waiting, but haven’t seen any comments on Talan. I keep going back and watching his film because it’s so much fun. He blasts off and is through the offensive line so fast that I seldom see him blocked. He might as well be a ghost. I know this is a highlight film and maybe the opposition isn’t that great, but he’s just shredding them. I also like his tackling. He uses his hands and long arms to grab them and wrap them up instead of just hitting them and hoping they go down.
    The play where he jumps over the O linemen is one of those that I’m sure even the refs were looking at each other saying “Did you see that?” His timing had to be perfect. I hope the OU coaches take a look at him.
    Wallace is also very good, but I can’t find as much film and info on him. Definitely a good prospect though.