Oklahoma Spring Football Game: 5 Things That Matter
What do you need to know about what happened in the Oklahoma spring football game?
1. Baker Mayfield Had Issues?
Yeah, the Heisman candidate might have had his problems off the field this offseason, but all was just fine in the spring game – even if it was the tone-down version of Mayfield’s play.
He didn’t run much, and he’s still trying to get everything in sync with his receiving corps, but he completed 11-of-20 passes for 99 yards and a pick.
Okay, so he didn’t set the world on fire, but there’s no concern over a mediocre day. He didn’t push the ball deep, was spreading it around, and he didn’t try doing anything fancy – this wasn’t the normal, playmaking version he’ll be when the lights are on.
Fortunately, though, now the Sooners know that if No. 6 gets banged up …
2. Kyler Murray Was Terrific
One day he’s playing on the baseball team, and the next day he Deions up, jumps onto the football field and is – arguably – the best player in the scrimmage.
He hit 9-of-13 passes for 144 yards – with drops on two of the misfires – and found Jeff Mead for a 70-yard touchdown. Murray also ran for 18 yards while cranking up the deep arm, but this fall, he’ll still be in a battle with Austin Kendall for the backup gig behind Mayfield. In terms of the guy who looks the part for this offense, though, that’s Murray.
3. The Secondary Should Be Amazing
Jordan Thomas is a lock to start at one corner spot, and if healthy, Jordan Parker will be penned into the other job. Maybe.
Parker has to get over a broken foot, but even if and when he’s 100% right, he’ll have to battle with sophomore Parnell Motley if there are more performances like the spring game coming.
Motley came up with just nine tackles last year, but he busted out on Saturday, tying for a team-high five stops with a great broken up pass to go along his early interception of Mayfield. Considering all of the offensive stars, Motley was the one who had everyone buzzing.
4. The Running Back Situation Isn’t A Problem
And that’s partly because the offensive line might be the best in the Big 12 by far.
Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon are done, but Trey Sermon and Marceilas Sutton more than looked the part, with Sermon pounding for 73 yards on just 13 carries, and Sutton – a quick, slashing JUCO transfer – tearing off 63 yards and a score.
And they’re probably the backups in a deep, deep rotation.
Rodney Anderson did the most work as a return man, – but he didn’t get any rushing work – while Abdul Adams was limited to six carries for 25 yards, and caught a pass for 34 more.
5. The O Will Rev Up Again Soon
Most offensive coordinators don’t like to showcase everything or anything in the spring game – there’s no point.
The final scrimmage is about the fans, getting everyone excited, and having some fun while showing off some of the young prospects and the depth. The OU main men got plenty of work in, but it’s not like OC Lincoln Riley used too many of the big boy plays. The Sooners ran the attack, but it wasn’t anything like the explosive machine that’s coming.
Again, this was about the depth. OU showed it has running backs, a great backup quarterback, and talent to burn.