OFFENSE: J.D. Runnels-FB, Kejuan Jones-RB, Travis Wilson-WR, Jejuan Rankins-WR, James Moses-TE, Davin Joseph-OT, Kelvin Chaisson-OG, Chris Bush-OG, Chris Chester-OG
DEFENSE: Remi Ayodele-DT, Dusty Dvoracek-DT, Clint Ingram-SLB, Chijioke Onyenegecha-CB, Eric Bassey-CB
Defensive Back Seven

The secondary and LB groups are experienced, deep and talented. Although they failed to meet expectations in 2005 trying to cover the pass, the future looks better.

Offensive Line

For years the OU front unit has played a major role in the success of the program. Only a couple of full-time starters are back from a unit now struggling to keep the usually high standard.

RB Adrian Peterson
LB Rufus Alexander

* 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 2006 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Rhett Bomar-So Paul Thompson-Sr (WR)
FB .. ..
RB Adrian Peterson-Jr Jacob Gutierrez-Jr
WR Manuel Johnson-So ..
WR Malcolm Kelly-So Juaquin Iglesias-So
TE Joe Jon Finley-Jr ..
OT .. ..
OG .. ..
C Jon Cooper-So J.D. Quinn-So
OG .. ..
OT Chris Messner-Sr Branndon Braxton-So
K Garrett Hartley-Jr ..
DE Calvin Thibodeaux-Sr Alan Davis-So
DT Carl Pendleton-Jr ..
DT Cory Bennett-So ..
DE C.J. Ah You-Sr ..
SLB Demarrio Pleasant-Jr ..
MLB Zach Latimer-Sr ..
WLB Rufus Alexander-Sr ..
CB .. ..
CB D.J. Wolfe-Jr Marcus Walker-Jr
SS Reggie Smith-So Nic Harris-So
FS Lewis Baker-Jr Darien Williams-Jr
P Cody Freeby-Jr ..

What happened in Norman? The NFL Draft is what happened, and too many new players attempting to take over kept OU from gelling. The odd part of this equation is that while 2006 will be better, holes still exist…in particular on the offensive side. The great true freshman campaign of Adrian Peterson may prove difficult to repeat as the offensive line continues to lose hats to graduation. In the process, young QB Rhett Bomar has also discovered his own problems - football life without a superior rushing attack. His one-to-one TD-INT ratio (nine of each) reeked havoc and bore their inept offense. Don't make the mistake of discounting the Peterson factor, however. He is still a guaranteed 1000-yard rusher under any circumstance, even while fighting through injury. The Sooners still seem to be lacking a big time receiver. And although the QB play had a large hand in this equation, Malcolm Kelly emerged as the top receiver as just a freshman. Outside of Kelly, no one else on the '06 roster managed to collect more than 14 receptions. The good news: Oklahoma should see a better product defensively. The LBs get back to being one of the more dominant units in the Big XII, and the secondary is loaded with highly-touted prep stars just now becoming familiar with the system. In a nutshell, for Oklahoma to improve on a four-loss season, the OL will have to regroup and rebuild, the QB play will have to improve two-fold, and the young stars will have to live up to their hype. For now, Oklahoma will play second fiddle to Texas in the South Division, quite the opposite of what OU was doing to Texas for years. One thing is certain - expectations this time around are not the same as what the folks in Norman have become accustomed to since 2000. Less pressure looks like the best medicine.



9-9 Washington
9-16 @ Oregon
9-30 @ Oklahoma State
10-7 Texas @ Dallas, TX
10-14 Iowa State
10-21 Colorado
10-28 @ Missouri
11-4 @ Texas A&M
11-11 Texas Tech
11-18 @ Baylor
2 Teams TBA