ford Top Five OU Offensive Players To Watch In 2014

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Expectations will be at an all time for the start of the 2014 OU football season. Offensively it was an up and down season last year, but ended with a bang with the Sugar Bowl with that victory over Alabama. So with spring practices rapidly approaching, I thought it would be cool to have a Top 5 list of players to watch on offense and defense. Ace will be doing the defense later this week, but for now here are my Top 5 OU offensive players to watch in 2014.

5. Durron Neal: Just to avoid any confusion before I even start, Sterling Shepard will be the main target for Trevor Knight going forward. However, one of the reasons for Shepard’s success thus far is because he has played with another threat to draw attention. Shepard’s first year he had Kenny Stills and this past year he had one of my all-time favorite receivers at OU, Jalen Saunders. With the latter heading to the NFL  and the former already playing on Sundays, someone will have to step up and play a bigger role in the passing game.

I think that guy will be Durron Neal.

in spite of being OU’s fourth receiver this past season, he has shown the ability to make big plays when given the opportunity. Now that Saunders and Lacoltan Bester are gone, Neal will probably be the No. 2 guy — depending on spring and fall camp. He has the ability to be a quality second option and a complimentary part of the offense to what Shepard does out of the slot.

Neal has good hands and can make a move after the catch to gain more yardage. He is also a physical wide out who isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder and get that first down. He needs to clean up on some route running and use this off-season to really work on the timing between himself and Knight. Neal has all the abilities to be a big part of this offense and a great option for Knight in the passing game.

4. Joe Mixon: We already know he is a heck of a recruiter for OU, but will the five-star back come in and make an impact right away? OU lost three RBs in Brennan Clay, Roy Finch, and Damien Williams that played a lot of snaps. Replacing all three will not be an easy task and while the Sooners return plenty of talent, the backs they have (or will have) on campus do not possess a ton of experience. For that reason, running back is a position with a big ole question mark on it.

Mixon is a guy obviously coming in with a ton of hype, but there is always the chance the pressure is too much for any true freshman. That said, the expectation is he will have opportunities to be a part of this offense both in the run and pass game. The primary question being, as it is with all true freshman, is how he’ll adjust to the speed of defenses in college football. We won’t know until he arrives in Norman this summer, but I expect him to be a guy you’re going to want to keep an eye on.

3. Blake Bell: So far one of the biggest stories this off-season has been Blake Bell switching from QB to TE. While he has always had the build of a tight end, the two positions are obviously VERY different.

Will he be physical enough to block big D-ends? Will he have the footwork to run clean routes? What kind of hands does he have? These are questions I had once I heard the news of him making the switch and I’m sure y’all did too.

The simple fact of the matter is we won’t know the answer to any of those questions until they put the pads on this spring/summer. However, I’m excited to see what he has to bring to the table and if he’ll be able to compete for the starting job. Things are about as wide open as they could be at the tight end position, so there should be plenty of competition there during spring practices and fall camp.

2. Trevor Knight: This guy alone has people thinking National Championship next year. He had OU fans smiling from ear-to-ear after that whooping he gave Alabama and Nick Saban. Not just because he played amazing and helped his team get the victory, but also for the fact we have him for another two or three years. He went from the guy that lost his job to the guy who is our savior.

With all that being said, he still has a lot to prove. In the end, this is still Oklahoma and the expectation was/is/always will be that we demand championships. A big question for me is whether or not Knight can play consistent football for a whole season? We saw a lot of inconsistency with both he and Blake Bell last year. A win over Alabama definitely helps with confidence, but we need to find out if he can throw the way he did against Bama AND without two of his main targets in Bester and Saunders.

He has all the leadership qualities you want in your QB, but Knight will need help from those young guys to find that same success he found in the Sugar Bowl.

1. Keith Ford: Built Ford tough. This guy is a beast! And we all know he loves to truck people like it’s no one’s business.

I was sad to see Clay and Finch go, but I got over that quickly because of the thought that Ford will have more carries now that they’re gone. Even in limited carries last year, he showed us the ability to make big plays and gain a lot of yards after contact. It seemed like he was always falling forward no matter who was in front of him.

A solid running game, even with the inexperience OU returns at the position, will only help Trevor Knight and his similarly inexperienced (aside from Shepard, of course) receivers. You have to think Ford will be the guy OU coaches are counting on to carry a lot of that load going into next season.

In the past, Coach Stoops and Coach Gundy loved to use a bunch of running backs throughout the year. But in most cases there was always one guy who seemed to get the majority of carries. For example: DeMarco Murray carried the ball more than Mossis Madu and Chris Brown, even though they all played important minutes.

I believe Ford will share carries with Mixon and Alex Ross, but ultimately Ford will be the main guy for sure. Can’t wait to see what he does this spring!


  • Don Mitchell

    I dont see Mixon hitting the field this year, OU needs to get some reps behind Ford and Ross and probably wont have time to get Mixon any reps unless we can get up early and often on teams and avoid the injury bug.

    • Steve Johns

      I strongly disagree, Mixon will see plenty of action this year.

      • J.K. Abbott

        No doubt. The chicks tend to gravitate to guys like Joe Mixon.

    • Yost

      With the youth at receiver Trevor will need as much help as he can get and it’s hard not to see Joe Mixon not in the game with his ability to catch from the backfield. He is an all around back and Coach Stoops knows he needs a RB that can catch the ball to help his QB.

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      My guess is that a lot of RBs will see the field this year. They need the experience. Mixon and Ford are two different types of backs and should both be utilized.

      • J.K. Abbott

        Bingo. Their skill set is different enough they could see time on the field together. Watch Mixon’s 7 on 7 film. I understand it’s 7 on 7 but Mixon’s ball skills as a wr are exceptional. He can flat out catch a football. Uncanny ball skills.

      • Kamiar Mehrabian

        Thunder and Lightning.

    • J.K. Abbott

      I’m not into predicting playing time. That would be up to the kid. Gundy’s expectations go far beyond atheletic ability. Having sad that if there ever was a kid ready to play as a freshman Mixon is one of them. His wr skills are as impressive as any part of Mixon’s game. He can flat out get the ball.

  • Steve Johns

    My biggest concern is if we see the “Sugar Bowl” Knight consistently next year. If he cannot replicate or goes down to injury, it’s going to be a disappointing season to Sooners fans.

    • Indy_sooner

      That’s an interesting point. I am just not buying the whole Bell TE -fixed thing. If there is anything one knows about running the read option,it’s that you need depth at QB.
      That being said you gotta remember that Cody Thomas is also going to be getting serious reps at backup this year too..which is also where TK was a year ago…

      • J.K. Abbott

        There’s a depth chart and then there is reality. Depending the injury, severity, timing and on CT’s progress Bell could be the back up.

        • Indy_sooner

          That’s what I was saying, I don’t think that Bell at QB is completely foregone. He has tangible game experience and you cannot just throw that away.

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

        That underneath shovel option that Florida taxed us with in 08 would be a nice wrinkle for Bell.

        • Sooner Ray

          With Bester gone, you gotta think a TE reverse pass play will show up at some point!

  • beavmiester

    Offensively, I’m most eager to see how the O-line functions this year, especially replacing Gabe Ikard at Center. Other than that, I’m looking forward to Shepard and Ford becoming leaders on the offensive side.

  • SoonerPhins

    I have a feeling that Samaje Perine will end up passing Ross. I have never been that big on Ross and seeing Ford pass him didn’t help with his case. Perine though could almost be another FB, Gundy and Heupel stated that he was around 235-240lbs. The kid is going to be a truck when he gets on the field.

    • Super Keith

      I completely agree. I thought Ross was a nice addition to the class he came in with, but never felt like he was the next “big” back at OU. Ford is clearly ahead of Ross. While Mixon was the headline RB in this class (as he should be), had OU not gotten Mixon, and ended up with only Perine, I think it still would have been a good year at the position.

      I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see the depth chart look like this:

      Ford
      Mixon
      Perine
      Ross

      • SoonerPhins

        I could also see Perine as being a “Situational Back” like for those tough 2-3 yards for a first down or Goal line situations. Will be interesting to see how it all plays out down the line.

  • Will Narramore

    Do you guys have any thoughts on Dannon Cavil? I think he’s like 6’5 or so and could be a big target on the outside to stretch the field with Shepard working the slot. No idea how he has looked in practices or anything though

    • J.K. Abbott

      http://i.imgur.com/08C3m.jpg
      Dannon has been doing fine. Mr. Victory cigar will have all those guys at wr balling out. Expect break out years for Neil, Woods and guys like Cavil getting their feet wet. Neal and Woods have both stated “their wait is over, it’s time to show out”. Expect more PT now that Jazz, Jalen and Scuba have moved on.

  • J.K. Abbott
    • Sonny Schovanec

      I detect some sarcasm here.

  • John Garner

    As for which RB plays the most, won’t it really depend upon who can pass pro? I know Mixon is a threat as a receiver but can he pass block as well? As I recall that’s a big factor in Gundy’s thinking.

  • Shelby is a Patriot

    RB is the one position I always feel confident about as an OU fan.

    • Sooner Ray

      It has been very good to us over the years.

  • Kamiar Mehrabian

    OUs team is hard to gauge this year, as usual. Tons of young talent, but no way to truly assess how it shakes out. I have a feeling we’ll see more Taylor McNamara (no Blake Bell, at all) and we’ll either see one of the frosh WRs or Dannon Cavil on the outside. I feel comfortable with OUs RBs because Ford is a great talent, along with Mixon, Ross, and Perine. Adrian Peterson was a frosh/sophomore once, too. :)

    I’m definitely looking forward to see OUs 2nd season under Bedenbaugh. Lots of physicality! Loving the Beden-Ball style of play on the line.

  • J.K. Abbott

    Good list Yost. I’d add Derrick woods to that list. I think him and the Real Deal Neal are ready for break out years.http://seattletimes.com/ABPub/2014/01/02/2022586599.jpg

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

      That catch Woods made in the sugar bowl was just sick.

      • Sonny Schovanec

        Yes it was. Not only was it a heck of a grab but a big play in the game.

      • J.K. Abbott

        I bet that catch made a few Bama fans sick.

      • Shelby is a Patriot

        I thought it was the best catch one of our WRs had made all year! Not to say there weren’t other great ones.

        • J.K. Abbott

          You bet it was SIAP. Heck of a grab.

      • BigRedDad

        It was poetry in motion! I loved the accountability across the board. They played as a TEAM against OSU and Bama. Great to see it again!
        The work needed to come together and execute one hell of a game plan showed. This longtime Sooner Fan is still reeling from the level of beating that the team delivered against a team like Alabama.

        There is not a thing that hard work will not accomplish. It is as constant as the Sun in the sky around here. Oklahomans have no issues with the work needed to achieve their goals. In this respect, the team truly represented the Oklahoma spirit, and I am proud of them as I have been of many of the OU teams through the decades!
        Hi everyone! Been a few years since I have been on the “boards”. Sure love this place though!
        I think the format is great. It comes across as you guys being very accessible and cool with it. The discussions and detail of aspects of the programs and personnel is gold. Thanks!

    • Yost

      Appreciate it bud. I was thinking about it but I haven’t seen much on him. But JY is right, that catch was nasty!!!

      • J.K. Abbott

        You got to think with the streets Derrick grew up on knowing he was going to get his legs chopped off when he went up to grab that ball in the sugar was nothing to things he dealt with growing up. One of the reasons he signed with OU and came to the Midwest. I guess the streets he grew up on were pretty rough. I really like this kid. He’s hungry for success.

    • OUknowitscomin

      Not normally big on freshman instantly contributing, but Quick really could be that guy. Highlight waiting to happen every time he touches ball.

    • Daryl

      Totally agree about Woods. When he got here all the talk was they were going to move him to safety. Then he shared scout team MVP with Knight. Then he gets in Sugar bowl and makes possibly catch of the year. He also had few tackles on special teams. Look out for Derrick Woods!

    • soonermusic

      count me in on Woods as well. Definitely a guy to watch, for all the reasons everyone has mentioned.

  • Leroy Jenkins

    The main key is TK’s health & consistency. If both of those aren’t a hindrance for him in 2014, OU will be scary good. Looking forward to seeing how TK progresses over a full off-season as starter with all this expectation on him.

    Also, what about the WR K.J. Young?? I’d think he’s got a great chance of contributing if he continues improving like he has.

    • J.K. Abbott

      Good points Leroy. Keep TK healthy and he will keep getting better. K.J. Young or K..J. Choy?http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Sport/Pix/columnists/2010/7/23/1279910293627/KJ-Choi-006.jpg

      • Leroy Jenkins

        If I could be great athlete, I’d choose professional golf. I know they work hard at their craft, but it’s much less strenuous than any other major sport. It’s non-contact, they travel the world, tons of endorsement deals, and can play well into their 40’s.

        So for that reason, give me the South Korean. But in a 40 yd. dash, vertical, shuttle drill, or arm wrestling? I’ll take K.J. Young.

        • J.K. Abbott

          Lmoa. I like the way that you think Leroy.

        • Sooner Ray

          Around here you can pick one of those suits up at the local jail.

          • pitbull17

            so much win here!

          • Boomer4life

            True dat!

        • Shelby is a Patriot

          The orange outfit is ugly, his hair is way too long, and his hat is stupid. There, it’s been said.

          • J.K. Abbott

            I actually like Fowler but SIAP you get an up vote from me for stating what you believe in.

          • Sooner Ray

            You go girl! :-)

  • Atlantasooner

    I think in many ways finding the 2nd WR is the biggest offseason challenge. Is it Neal or Derrick Woods, or a redshirt or true freshman. Lots of contenders no real leaders.

  • Sooner Ray

    I don’t know what the red shirt plans are but I’m excited to see Perine on the field. The dude can flat truck people. We know Ford is a hoss so Ross just needs to learn protection skills and we will have to wait and see what Gundy thinks about Mixon’s ability. Regardless the backfield is looking strong. Also curious about Quick cracking the lineup early in the season.

  • Jed

    I think we’ve got one of the best stables of RBs in college football right now. Touch of inexperience, but the talent is there. Ford was a five star, right? So’s Mixon. Perine was a four and so was Ross if memory serves. That’s not too bad at all.
    Frankly, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Ross didn’t rock our world a little. The dude is good. Main issue there seems to be whether he’s going to go into a shell following his ‘discipline’ last season.
    Opinions?

  • http://twitter.com/mikeytyler08 @mikeytyler08

    Nice article, RB position will shine for sure..

  • bjwalker82

    Didn’t Cale say that Ross can run a 4.4 and is 220 lbs now?

    • Steve Johns

      He also said something about having to be in the right position. Seems Ross was lost last year, hopefully the light will come on.

      • bjwalker82

        he also said that he improved dramatically during the bowl practices.

    • blaster1371

      Wow!

  • Stephen

    What about the exceptionally physical Samaje Perine? From reports, it sounds like he is physically ready to play college level football coming in as a freshman.

    • Super Keith

      No question he has the body to play as a true freshman. The only question is how quickly he can learn and adjust to the collegiate game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him jump Ross on the depth chart sometime during the season.

  • wolfbuilder

    Love the list, think some think that Mixon it AD and he isnt, he is a different type player. I Love Mixon, think he is going to be a great but he is just a freshman. At best I see he pkaying a role but it all up to Ross what and how much of a role that Mixon plays. If Ross pickup the offense better he has the ability to be the best back but as Gundy said if he has as good of a spring as he had bowl prep he could be the best. Only time will tell

    • J.K. Abbott

      I hear you wolf but don’t underestimate this kid who is Mixon. He’s a special talent. JMO

  • Jackson1006

    This might sound crazy but in what limited film I saw, Durron Neal looked even better on defense than offense. Not that I know anything, just throwing it out there.

    • blaster1371

      And woods was ranked as a safety by the recruiting services.

  • tforce

    Few thoughts:
    1. OU’s recruited well at positions of inexperience this yr (WR & RB)
    2. The offense has a couple of players who are the multiple-skill, multiple-position players OU loves to use in HUNH situations (Mixon, Perine-who was told he may play FB; remember Marcus Allen played blocking FB). Also, the big WR will be demons on the outside screen game both as receivers and blockers.
    3. I vote for a 3rd OT to be an impact player in 2014. OU was pretty lucky with keeping both OT healthy for 11 games. Plus having a competent backup will be needed for true HUNH and to build experience for 2015

    • J.K. Abbott

      True story tforce. Let the fgood times roll for the Sooners over the next half decade or more.

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

    I tell ya what. Having punishing backs like Ford and Perine, make you nastier as an o lineman. When you know that your lil homies are bringin the pain like that, you can’t help but want to knock people’s heads off!

    • Leroy Jenkins

      I love it when RB’s have huge seasons and give the o-linemen gifts. Like when Emmitt Smith was dominating in the early 90’s & he gave his o-linemen a Rolex watch. It all starts in the trenches.

    • EasTex

      I’m visualizing TK, Ford, Perine and Ripkowski in the diamond formation.
      http://youtu.be/VKcAYMb5uk4

    • Jed

      I’m thinking we should use ‘The Forecast Calls For Pain” as theme music for our D.

    • Travis Coyle

      I like your enthusiasm JY! We have an embarrassment of riches at RB. Watching Mixons highlights I get excited about his abilities and the way he can catch the ball. He has great hands. Then you throw in Ford, its gonna be great!

  • Jared Tyra

    So just to add to the amazing problem of WR depth we have… Jordan Smallwood & Austin Bennett. Maybe our offense can start using two footballs…

    • J.K. Abbott

      No doubt JT. A lot of talent layered at the skillies and depth being created at the lineman positions. I can see another run by the Sooners like the mid 2000’s hopefully with a few more Natty’s to show for it,

  • Zack

    I haven’t seen much film on perine has anyone else? I’m curious if he’s closer to being a power type SEC back like Richardson, lacy, hill etc. or if he’s closer to be like Millard. If it’s the latter I wouldn’t be upset at all. The half diamond formation with flowers, perine and ford sounds sick to me.

    • blaster1371

      The Richardson or Lacy comparison is the most reasonable IMO. The HS film I saw of him left the impression he would run through people and run out of tackles but he wasn’t going to catch the edge and just leave everyone in his wake.

      • Sooner Ray

        That’s what I saw on film, he’s like a bull running through a herd of goats.

        • Pat3332

          And often taking the goats with him . Sometimes it looked like a huddle moving down the field. I saw more than just power though, he definitely had some nice moves and footwork when it looked like he was stopped.

      • Zack

        I like that they are going that direction for the most part as far as finding big power backs and huge possession receivers while still maintaining what the big 12 is known for with quick slot receivers.
        It’s too bad bill Snyder is still coaching in the big 12 it would be nice if heupel could pick his brain about running the QB option game.

      • Dave Wilkins

        I hate to compare him to a Poke, but he reminds me a lot of Thurman Thomas.

    • EasTex

      There are numerous videos of Perine on utube.
      Keep in mind he blew out a knee as a sophomore, rehabed it and was a little tentative with it early in his junior year. I read an interview with him where he stated he was going to concentrate on building up his leg strength before his senior year. Did he ever!
      http://youtu.be/AregsY65ljg

  • Kevin Fielder

    I wouldn’t count out Ross in the mix. Ford is built Ford tough. Perine is like a rock. And, I love Mixon’s hands catching the swing pass.

    • blaster1371

      And Ross might be a combination of all three- fast, strong and a pounder.

    • Sooner Ray

      I watched Ross in HS and if he gets in the open field, watch out.

  • blaster1371

    Let me preface my comments that I am an optimist and get pissed as all get out towards those that look for flaws in all things good or expect perfection.

    I think all the young guys moving up,to fill holes will do as good if not better than those they are replacing. It might take a while for the RBs to acquire the savvy of Clay but that just comes with experience. Neal and Woods are poised to be game changers and IMO will be quite the compliment to Shepherd.

    The whole offense will hinge on the play and decision making of Knight. Like everyone else Has mentioned the Sugar Bowl has shown us how good Knight can be….. With a month to prepare. Once he strings consecutive games together that resemble that glorious evening in the big sleazy then I will feel better about the QB. I would suspect we will see about as much running from him in 2014 that we saw in the Sugar which would be considerably less than his previous games. The fact is he has twice been out of action due to injury an no more than four games played. Landry Jones made huge strides from freshman to sophomore season and there are no reasons to think Knight could not do the same. Once again I am not a skeptic but I want to see Knight do what he did when he plays two games in a seven day span of time.

    • Sooner Ray

      I’ll just agree with you Blaster so don’t get pissed at me :-)

    • J.K. Abbott

      Concerning TK? Not a concern if he stays healthy. His performance was expected in the Sugar more then a surprise from coaches and player who have been around him on a daily bases since day one. The players and coaches weren’t surprised at his performance in the Sugar. They have seen him in practice everyday. All it takes is to talk to Coach Mike about TK to become a believer.

      • J.K. Abbott

        I only say that about Coach Mike because I respect the h3ll out of him. When he talks about a kid and gushes about him with a twinkle in his eye. I’m a believer. TK if and when healthy is special.

        • Sooner Ray

          Potential to be an icon.

          • Sonny Schovanec

            The only concern about Trevor is health. I’m not Coach Whitfield by any means but you don’t have to ask who he is (Knight) at practice.

          • Sooner Ray

            The good news is Cody has been impressive ( so I’ve heard ). We were talking the other day about spring FB vs. BB as far as Cody was concerned, and I found out that the sport that is paying your way basically owns you so he will be with the FB team anytime they are working out and just doing BB when there’s time. That’s good news.

          • J.K. Abbott

            No doubt SR, Not trying to be a smart a$$ but you don’t drop 350 and 4 touches on Bama and just get lucky. TK when healthy can play.

          • Sooner Ray

            Oh I love his play, he’s awesome. We were just talking about where we would be if he were to go down for some reason.

  • Boomer4life

    I just have a feeling this team will be the team that brings back the swagger and just a nasty confidence on both sides of the ball. Can’t wait to see the D Lower da BOOM! It’s gonna be insane!

    • Sooner Ray

      The swagger IS back, I can already feel it!

  • Boomer4life

    You know your a Sooner……..when…….?

    • Sooner Ray

      When you crotch kick someone on the street just for wearing a shade of orange.

      • Boomer4life

        When you & your 2yr old son are across the room from each other yelling Boomer!!!! Sooner!!!!

      • Boomer4life

        Lmao!!! So true!

  • kt-raida

    The inconsistent play name be a thing of the past with TK, I think the Sugar Bowl was the light coming on and prong it all together finally.

    • CoachStauder

      The problem is that the run game was stagnant and we won’t always face a secondary that will allow Knight to dominate on 3rd down. The bottom line is that the offense in the Sugar Bowl is a bit of a misconception as it really isn’t wise to expect us to be able to duplicate it. Now, don’t take this as me saying we will be average on offense, but I don’t think the Sugar Bowl is a good indicator. There are quite a few things that need to improve moving forward and guys have to step up and make plays. We saw that it’s not an easy task to have WRs plugged in and perform up to their predecessor. I think there is lots of potential, but there are many unknowns and the OC finding a comfort zone is one of them along with the new guys coming into the offense.

      • J.K. Abbott

        No doubt. If we could only face Bama’s 3rd down defense every game it might be a special season. You would think that as good as Bama’s coaches and players are they wouldn’t allow OU to dominate their secondary on 3rd down. Go figure.

        • Sooner Ray

          It’s really simple to explain. Bama along with all the national sports heads went into the game saying TK couldn’t pass and he BURNED their a$$!! The problem now is everyone will be looking for it.

          • J.K. Abbott

            No doubt SR.

      • Indy_sooner

        Except we will have 4 fully capable backs on campus plus TK’s running ability. If anything, I think the Bama game opens up the versatility of schemes available. Last year, teams sold out to stop the run because we couldn’t throw consistently, and our WRs just couldn’t gain separation or were running wrong routes.

        Next season, this won’t be as easy for them since they have to account for his arm, as well as his mobility. That makes it harder, not easier for competition. The concern, IMO is one of experience at the skill position. I think we all recognize Shepard will be a beast, but the Todd, Neal and rest? no one knows how well they’ll connect, but I do expect they will be spreading it around.

        • Zack

          You’re right about the backs they may be young but they seem very talented and they bring different skills to the table. There may be some growing pains early on with the receivers it’s just going to depend on who shows up. I’m interested to see cavil this year along with Andrews and Todd who I doubt either will redshirt.

  • CoachStauder

    I try to read the article about Andre James and when I get to the comments it sends me to a “malware protection” page. Just posting here because I can’t post on that post. I can see all the comments on this post just fine, just fyi.

  • Daryl

    So everyone keeps questions of Bell can catch or run routes but wasn’t he a WR until his sophomore year of HS? Am I crazy? Though blocking will be interesting to see how he develops.

    • Sooner Ray

      You are correct, he was a receiver before being a QB and blocking may be his biggest obstacle but the kid is a beast so lets wish him the best.

  • soonermusic

    I think TK is at the stage where the more he plays, the better he’ll get–and fast. It’s all about him getting more and more comfortable with his reads. Games back to back are just the ticket for him. It’s gonna be fun to watch…

  • BigRedDad

    Gonna need a new couch before the Season starts! LOL!
    Thanks Yost!

  • Doobie74OU

    I think that all 5 of these players are ones to keep our eyes on along with a couple others that people mentioned. But for me the person on offense that I’m most excited to watch his progression is Coach Heupel! Last year was pretty rough for him, the offense was going through some changes and he had a different starting QB every couple games that had completely different strengths. But WOW did he put it all together for the Sugar Bowl! It will be nice to see the growth of this offense if Coach Heupel keeps improving and TK stays healthy

  • Gary Jackson

    EVERYBODY is talking about Ford but better look out for Ross. If his head is on straight he could be the best back they have.

    • Jed

      I love all our backs, but agree: Ross is the only thing stopping Ross.

      • Tim A

        What do these comments mean about Ross? He sure looks the partvof stud RB and I hope they give him a chance to contribute, but is he a head case or why is he his own biggest problem?