Projecting OU’s Depth Chart

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Bob Stoops may or may not ever get around to posting an updated depth chart before the season opener — the one currently listed on the official website is from prior to the Sugar Bowl — so we figured we’d go ahead and put a projection together or what OU’s two-deep could look like. This is simply a projection on our part past on a number of things that have been reported throughout the spring/summer both here on TFB and elsewhere.

As you’ll see in reading over what we’ve put together, there may be some names missing you were expecting to be included. Or possibly a name or two you weren’t expecting we have in there. Either way we’ll attempt to clarify some things below as to the reasoning behind how we sorted things out.

Offense
LT
 71 Tyrus Thompson
RSr.
6-5
336
 72 Derek Farniok
RJr.
6-9
329
LG
 74 Adam Shead
RSr.
6-4
339
 77 Dionte Savage
Sr.
6-4
343
 53 Tony Feo RSr.  6-3 300
C
 56 Ty Darlington
Jr.
6-2
286
 54 Nila Kasitati
RJr.
6-4
 315
 63 Alex Dalton
Fr.
6-4
 282
RG
 54 Nila Kasitati
RJr.
6-4
315
 75 Tyler Evans
RSr.
6-5
 339
RT
 79 Daryl Williams
RSr.
6-6
329
 55 Josiah St. John
RJr.
6-6
300
 70 Christian Daimler
RFr.
6-7
 300
TE
 10 Blake Bell
RSr.
6-6
259
 88 Taylor McNamara
RSo.
6-5
245
 80 Isaac Ijalana
So.
6-4
247
WR
 5 Durron Neal
Jr.
5-11
 201
 17 Jordan Smallwood
RFr.
  6-2 212
 8 Austin Bennett
So.
6-0
175
WR
 1 K.J. Young
RFr.
6-0
177
 2 Michiah Quick
Fr.
6-0
170
 81 Mark Andrews
Fr.
  6-6
236
WR
 3 Sterling Shepard
Jr.
5-10
195
 12 Derrick Woods
RSo.
6-1
186
 15 Jeffery Mead
Fr.
6-6
 184
QB
 9 Trevor Knight
RSo.
6-1
201
 14 Cody Thomas
RFr.
6-4
211
 4 Justice Hansen
Fr.
6-3
 204
FB
 48 Aaron Ripkowski
Sr.
6-1
257
 36 Dimitri Flowers
Fr.
6-1
244
RB
 21 Keith Ford OR
So.
5-11
206
 28 Alex Ross
RSo.
6-1
 221
 32 Samaje Perine
Fr.
5-11
243
 34 Daniel Brooks
RSo.
5-8
 185

 Defense
RE
 98 Chuka Ndulue
RSr.
6-3
289
 97 Charles Walker
RFr.
6-2
296
NT
 80 Jordan Phillips
RSo.
6-6
 334
 93 Jordan Wade
RSo.
6-4
 314
LE
 91 Charles Tapper
Jr.
6-4
281
 90 Matt Dimon
So.
6-2
 271
 OLB 85 Geneo Grissom
RSr.
6-4
252
 82 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
RFr.
6-1
240
ILB
 1 Dominique Alexander
So.
6-0
227
 25 Aaron Franklin
RSr.
6-1
226
 ILB 20 Frank Shannon
RJr.
6-1
238
 26 Jordan Evans
So.
6-3
223
 OLB 19 Eric Striker
Jr.
6-0
221
 5 Devante Bond
Jr.
6-1
 236
   N 10 Quentin Hayes
Sr.
6-0
190
 27 Dakota Austin
So.
 5-11 164
 RCB 15 Zack Sanchez
RSo.
 5-11 179
 27 Dakota Austin
So.
5-11
164
 SS 10 Quentin Hayes
Sr.
6-0
 190
 11 Steven Parker
Fr.
6-1
 197
 FS 13 Ahmad Thomas
So.
6-0
 209
 4 Hatari Byrd
So.
6-1
 201
 LCB 2 Julian Wilson
RSr.
  6-2 201
 7 Jordan Thomas
Fr.
6-1
183
 Special Teams
K
 18 Michael Hunnicutt
RSr.
6-1
180
P
 44 Jed Barnett
Sr.
6-2
215
KO
 39 Nick Hodgson
Sr.
6-2
198
KR
 28 Alex Ross
RSo.
6-1
221
 21 Keith Ford
So.
5-11
 206
PR
 3 Sterling Shepard
Jr.
5-10
195
 15 Zack Sanchez
RSo.
5-11
179
H
 84 Grant Bothun
Jr.
5-11
186
 89 Connor Knight
RSo.
6-4
244
PC
 42 Wesley Horky
Fr.
6-2
 217
 89 Connor Knight
RSo.
6-4
244
KS
 42 Wesley Horky
Fr.
6-2
 217
 89 Connor Knight
RSo.
6-4
244

* I suspect one of, if not the first names you’re looking for and not seeing is Dorial Green-Beckham. I think it goes without saying, based on his immense talents and how we’ve heard reps have been split in practice, were he to be cleared by the NCAA that he’d be listed as a starter. But as it stands today we don’t know if he’ll be available, either or the La Tech game, later in the season, or for any part of the season. So at least for now we’ve chosen to not include him.

* Much like the point above, as things currently sit the implication seems to be Frank Shannon will be available until some type of ruling is made on his appeal of the university’s decision to suspend him for one year. That could certainly change, possibly in the near future, and most of you know if that happens Jordan Evans would be his replacement.

* For the defense, we probably could have included multiple versions of a depth chart for the variety of formations OU is expected to employ. But for simplicity’s sake, we simply left it as is and figured we’d address things here. As many of you have read here a number of times now, the expectation is when OU shifts to their 3-3-5 (or some variation thereof) Q.Hayes will move over to the nickel and Steven Parker will take his spot at strong safety. With the talent at Mike Stoops’ disposal, OU will have the luxury of doing any number of different things on defense this season at any given time. Thus putting something like this together becomes a little more difficult, which is simply to say don’t take this as a black-and-white statement expecting the defense to line up like we have it listed above every single down.

* Decided to take M.Stoops at his word with respect to Jordan Thomas.

* By all accounts, Ford and Ross are pretty much interchangeable as the “starting” running back, hence our inclusion of the ‘OR.’

* At wide receiver, Jeffery Mead’s name could be a bit of a surprise as a true freshman. But he has definitely impressed the coaches since arriving on campus. Third team slot WR could be any number of players at this point, especially if they move Shepard inside some, so Andrews was admittedly a bit of a guess on our part.

So that’s what we came up with, but we definitely want to hear from you. Where might you agree with us? Or even disagree? Are there any other names we haven’t mentioned that you expected to be included? Hit us up with your comments below and, as always, thank you for reading!