OFFENSE: Juaquin Iglesias-WR, Manuel Johnson-WR, Quentin Chaney-WR, Phil Loadholt-OT, Duke Robinson-OG, Jon Cooper-C, Brandon Walker-OG
DEFENSE: Nic Harris-SS, Lendy Holmes-FS, Mike Knall-P
Offensive Backfield / Defensive Line

QB Sam Bradford has led the NCAA in passing efficiency the last two seasons; the ball carriers go three-deep. At least three of the defensive linemen will garner preseason All-American consideration.

Offensive Line / Secondary

The Sooner’s legendary bunch up front will need retooling as four of their seniors likely land on NFL rosters. The nation's 99th ranked pass defense still has room for major improvement, but to do so with two new starting safeties will be a challenge.

QB Sam Bradford
DT Gerald McCoy
* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). NationalChamps.net recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2009 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Sam Bradford-Jr ..
FB Brody Eldridge-Sr (FB/TE) Matt Clapp-Sr
RB DeMarco Murray-Jr Chris Brown-Sr / Mossis Madu-Jr
WR Brandon Caleb-Jr ..
WR .. ..
WR Ryan Broyles-So ..
TE Jermaine Gresham-Sr ..
OT .. ..
OG Brian Simmons-Sr ..
C .. ..
OG .. ..
OT Trent Williams-Sr ..
K Jimmy Stevens-So ..
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Auston English-Sr Frank Alexander-So
DT Gerald McCoy-Jr ..
DT Adrian Taylor-Jr DeMarcus Granger-Sr
DE Jeremy Beal-Jr ..
SLB Keenan Clayton-Sr ..
MLB Ryan Reynolds-Sr Austin Box-So / Mike Balogun-Sr
WLB Travis Lewis-So ..
CB Dominque Franks-Jr ..
CB Brian Jackson-Sr Jamell Fleming-So
SS Quinton Carter-Sr ..
FS .. ..
P .. ..

The losses are heavy on the offensive side, in particular up front. An argument can be made that the legendary 2008 bunch will go down as the best set ever to put on the Crimson & Cream in Norman. Tackle Trent Williams is the only mainstay. Luckily, the opposite is true in the OU backfield. Redshirt junior Sam Bradford has led the nation in passing efficiency the past two seasons. His protection may not be quite as strong, so his feet will finally have to play more of a factor. How this will affect his decision-making and accuracy remains to be seen. But no doubt, the backs lining up behind him represent the deepest set of options anywhere across the land. Murray, Brown, Madu, Eldridge and Clapp...any one of these individuals could start for just about any program. The physically gifted Jermaine Gresham has the ability to change a game from his tight end position. This 6-6, 261-pound specimen is already NFL-worthy however; should he bolt, sophomore Ryan Broles would be the only receiver with noteworthy starting experience. Defensively the Sooners had issues keeping opponents from putting up points in ‘08. Injuries at LB wreaked havoc at different points of the past season. The good news is that this entire defense, outside of finding two new safeties, will remain intact. Too much talent exists on this side of the ball to keep the Sooners from being a much-improved unit. Still, the statistical argument that Big 12 defenses have been on the lighter side in ’08 holds plenty of water. Ergo, four different players being rewarded with All-Conference post-season honors doesn’t convince us of much. The defensive line has a boatload of highly-touted prospects. English, McCoy and Beal are each capable of playing at the next level. Much like at Texas, however, the pass coverage has been lacking (99th nationally). Coach Bob Stoops will continue to put the Sooners in every preseason national championship discussion, and 2009 will have more of the same. There is just way too much talent to keep this bunch under the radar. Rebuilding a star-studded offensive line and getting better play out of the secondary will be the main focus.



Sep. 5 Brigham Young @Arlington, TX
Sep. 12 at Miami FL
Oct. 10 Baylor
Oct. 17 vs. Texas @Dallas, TX
Oct. 24 at Kansas
Oct. 31 Kansas State
Nov. 7 at Nebraska
Nov. 14 Texas A&M
Nov. 21 at Texas Tech
Nov. 28 Oklahoma State
TBA Tulsa
TBA 1 non-conference opponent