OFFENSE: Paul Thompson-QB, Chris Messner-OT
DEFENSE: Larry Birdine-DE, C.J. Ah You-DE, Calvin Thibodeaux-DE, Zach Latimer-MLB, Rufus Alexander-WLB, Jason Carter-SS
Running Back/Secondary

Will he stay or will he go? Adrian Peterson that is. Likely the Heisman frontrunner if he chooses to remain in Norman. The secondary has too many stars to start mentioning them here.

Quarterback/Defensive Front

The Brett Romar saga in August left senior Paul Thompson at the helm. He departs, and the QB battle this spring will be the most interesting since Jason White left - between freshmen who have yet to take a college snap. BIG names depart from the strength of the 2006 team, the defensive front.

RB Adrian Peterson
CB Reggie Smith

* 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 2007 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Joey Halzle-Jr ..
RB Adrian Peterson-Sr Allen Patrick-Sr / Chris Brown-So
WR Malcolm Kelly-Jr ..
WR Manuel Johnson-Jr Fred Strong-Jr
WR Juaquin Iglesias-Jr ..
TE Joe Jon Finley-Sr Brody Eldridge-So / Jermaine Gresham-So
OT .. ..
OG George Robinson-Jr ..
C Jon Cooper-Jr ..
OG Brandon Walker-Jr ..
OT Trent Williams-So Brandon Braxton-Jr
K Garrett Hartley-Sr ..
DE .. ..
DT Steven Coleman-Sr Carl Pendleton-Sr
DT Cory Bennett-Jr DeMarcus Granger-So
DE Alonzo Dotson-Sr ..
SLB Curtis Lofton-Jr Demarrio Pleasant-Sr
MLB .. ..
WLB Lewis Baker-Sr ..
CB Marcus Walker-Sr ..
CB Lendy Holmes-Jr D.J. Wolfe-Sr
SS Reggie Smith-Jr Keenan Clayton-So
FS Darien Williams-Sr Nic Harris-Jr
P Michael Cohen-Sr Mike Knall-Jr

So, will he stay or will he go? Surely, if Adrian Peterson surprises everyone (who originally felt - all the way back in 2004 – that the star freshman at the time would only be around for three seasons) and decides to return for his senior year, Oklahoma starts out as a top five team when kickoffs begin next fall. Even if he chooses to leave for the NFL, his injury at the midway point of 2006 gave Allen Patrick and Chris Brown significant playing time carrying the pigskin. Patrick looks to be a more than capable replacement, but he certainly won't garner the Heisman consideration Peterson would. Saying the QB situation is the key to the team’s prognosis would be an understatement. Who is driving this Cadillac? Sooner faithful seem to believe the job is between redshirt freshman Sam Bradford and incoming freshman Keith Nichol. Neither has seen a snap at the college level. Whoever it may be, the newbie will be truly blessed with a plethora of surrounding offensive talent, but conversely OU was103rd for turnovers lost. The receivers are all back and the only loss on the OL is All-Big 12 tackle Chris Messner. Most all of the returning starters are underclassmen to boot. Bob Stoops has built a solid foundation for the future. Defensively the breakdown is not quite as exuberant. Big, big names are moving on - C.J. Ah You, Larry Birdine, Calvin Thibodeaux, Rufus Alexander and Zach Latimer were a big part of Oklahoma's defensive success. With recruiting being one of Stoops major assets, the drop off is not likely to be so detrimental. DTs Coleman, Bennett and Granger represent some of the best the Big 12 has to offer. The strength of this team is their secondary. Upwards of six different players are worthy of preseason All-Conference recognition. The Sooners tied for 11th in the country in passes intercepted. Players responsible for 12 of those 17 picks dot the current depth chart above. OU had a down year the past two seasons by Sooner standards, and one of those (2006) included a conference championship. So what's left? A national championship? Certainly this can possibly be attained with at least a decent QB.



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9-22 @ Tulsa
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10-13 Missouri
10-20 @ Iowa State
10-27 Oklahoma State
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