Sooner Squad 17 Update – Game 9

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Sooner Squad 17 (SS17) was a very hyped class for the Sooners. It featured some good talent and a lot of promise. It will be exciting to see the development of these players during their time at OU. SS17 started out with 27 players. Although one is no longer on the team, the late additions of Dillon Faamatu and, for the purposes of this post, Jeff Badet made it 28. (Yes, I know Badet is not technically in the recruiting class).

This is our weekly look into how that class is performing and what their contributions were in the most recent game.

ss17 – game 9 played

– Jeff Badet

– Robert Barnes

– Marquise Brown

– Tre Brown

– Grant Calcaterra

– Dillon Faamatau

– CeeDee Lamb

– Kenneth Murray

– Tre Norwood

– Trey Sermon

– Marcelias Sutton

11 players saw the field from SS17. That’s right at the average for the season.

SS17 – Game 9 Stats & Highlights

– Jeff Badet: 1 reception, 5 yards, 1 touchdown

– Marquise Brown: 9 receptions, 265 yards (school record), 2 touchdowns

– CeeDee Lamb: 3 receptions, 51 yards, 61 APY, 1 tackle

– Kenneth Murray: 3 UA tackles, 2 A tackles, 1.5 TFL

– Tre Norwood: 7 UA tackles (led the team)

– Trey Sermon: 10 carries, 81 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 receptions, 25 yards

– Marcelias Sutton: 109, 29 KO return yards

Those contributions accounted for:

– 25% of the carries

– 43% of the rushing yards

– 33% of the rushing touchdowns

– 63% of the receptions

– 58% of the receiving yards

– 60% of the receiving touchdowns

– 50% of the all purpose yards

– 23% of the total tackles

– 30% of the total tackles for loss

– 50% of the total interceptions

I don’t think enough can be said about how big this game was for SS17.

Offensively, Marquise Brown broke the record for most receiving yards in a game for a Sooner. Think about how many great receivers there have been for OU: Dede Westbrook, Sterling Shepard, Ryan Broyles, Mark Clayton… I’m barely going back over a decade here. That’s amazing. CeeDee Lamb continued being his usual dependable and quietly impressive self. Sermon closed the door on Bedlam with his long TD run to finish the game.

Defensively… wow. The Sooners finished that game with 4 freshmen on the field on defense. 4 – Barnes, Brown, Murray, Norwood. Granted, some of that was due to injuries. A lot of it, however, was due to them being ready to play. And when they were called on, they were hungry and showed up big. Robert Barnes continued to shine at safety for the Sooners. Both the Tre’s, Brown and Norwood, came in at corner for OU, and both looked great. Brown had two interceptions, although both were overturned by penalties. Norwood led the team in tackles; what’s amazing about that to me is that he did it in fewer snaps. I’m not sure how many snaps he played total on Saturday, but it was a darn sight fewer than many others. He also broke up several passes.

Were there some freshmen mistakes in this game? Sure. But the future sure does look bright.