Coach: Bob Stoops
31-7, 3 years
2001 Record: 11-2
at Air Force WON 44-3
Texas @Dallas, TX WON 14-3
at Kansas WON 38-10
at Nebraska LOST 10-20
at Texas Tech WON 30-13
Arkansas WON 10-3

2001 Final Rankings
AP-6, Coaches-6, BCS-11

Trent Smith is a clutch tight end.
2002 Outlook

Well, if anyone were going to push Miami for the #1 Preseason spot, this would be the team. The names from the 2000 National Championship team just won't disappear in Griffin, Fagan, Savage, Smith, Woolfolk, Strait, Everage. Seems like we have been calling their names for years. The quarterback spot needs settled. Realistically there are three solid candidates for the positions between Hybl, White, and young Rawls. The Sooners are going to lose yet another great linebacker in Rocky Calmus, who at times seemed like a one-man defense. This has to be the biggest need heading into 2002, the fact that two of the linebacker spots are wide open with no experience available to fill the holes. But make no mistake; the Sooner secondary will be the one of the best in the nation heading into the new year. Opponents are going to find it still very tough to make any leeway moving the pigskin in those big games. Probably no secret is the fact that the Big 12 South Division favorite is a battle between the Horns and the Sooners. Look for both teams to head into that tussle undefeated. Even though the in-state loss to a lowly Cowboy team still stings in Norman, fans can still smile at the thought of another great season ahead as there is way too much experience and talent returning. Please let the rumors that coach Bob Stoops is moving on to another team with a vacancy stop. Coach Stoops knows when he has a good thing.

Projected 2002 record: 13-1

There were no major injuries to report.


QB - 4 DL - 4
RB - 4.5 LB - 2.5
WR - 5 DB - 4.5
OL - 3 ..
Passing: Nate Hybl, 222-380-13, 2234 Yards, 14 TD's

Rushing: Quentin Griffin, 182 att., 804 yds., 9 TD's

Receiving: Trent Smith, 61 rec., 564 yds., 6 TD's

Scoring: Quentin Griffin, 11 TD's, 66 points

Punting: none

Kicking: none

Tackles: Teddy Lehman, 83 tot., 54 solo

Sacks: Jimmy Wilkerson, 5 sacks

Interceptions: Derrick Strait, 3 for 47 yds.

Kickoff returns: Antwone Savage, 14 ret., 30.6 avg.

Punt returns: Curtis Fagan, 45 ret., 337 yards, 7.5 avg.

OFFENSE: Josh Norman-HB, Frank Romero-OT, Howard Duncan-OG, Tim Duncan-K
DEFENSE: Cory Heinecke-DE, Brandon Moore-SLB, Rocky Calmus-WLB, Jeff Ferguson-P, Roy Williams-SS (NFL)

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STRENGTHS: This area has to start with tight end Trent Smith. He led the nation in receptions for tight ends with 61 snags, which landed him among the three finalists for the Mackey Award. Smith combines typical tight end qualities, with a wide receiver's ability to get open. He is by far a unanimous Preseason First team All American. At running back Quentin Griffin has drawn approximately 90 percent of the playing time over the last two seasons in OU's one-back offense. A slippery runner and one of the nation's best pass-catching backs, he returns for his senior season. It remains to be seen how the alignment and playing time will be affected by changes among the offensive coaching staff. To be sure, there are others ready to join the fray, even though none can come close to Griffin's level of experience. He led Big 12 running backs with 16 rushing TDs in 2000, the most by an OU back since Billy Sims in 1979. Griffin also holds the school record for receptions in consecutive games with 26. The streak is ongoing and covers every game of his career, which also places him in the Sooner record book for career receptions (88) and receiving yards by a back (776). Add to the offensive mix the depth and quality of the receiving unit. Even the casual observer may not need a roster card. Of the five players who drew starting assignments last season, four return. Mark Clayton set an OU freshman record with 45 receptions last season, Curtis Fagan continued his steady play while emerging as the team's sure-handed punt returner, Antwone Savage added to his niche' as the deep threat and Andre Woolfolk further established himself as perhaps the country's best two-way
player. Only Josh Norman was lost to graduation.


CONCERNS: One could not necessarily deduce that the quarterback spot was a major concern. The only concern may have stemmed from last season as a replacement for Heisman runner-up Josh Heupel hit a few stumbling blocks while Nate Hybl and Jason White alternated duties. The offense certainly had its difficulties. Nate Hybl started 11 of the 13 games last season and was the most experienced signal-caller in spring camp. Jason White notched two starting assignments last season and was playing well before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Nebraska. White's rehabilitation lasted through the spring. The full-blown competition for the starting job probably won't be joined again until August, at least between those two players. Now you can throw a wrench into the mix as redshirt freshman Brent Rawls has been making a strong push for the job. The word out of spring in Norman says Brent Rawls looked to be separating himself from Nate Hybl more and more by the day. This three-man battle should get quite interesting to say the least. The offensive line may be the biggest concern if you could put your finger on one, which is no easy task. The left side of the line has a vacancy sign as two of OU's best starters, Romero and Duncan, have departed. Replacing that duo, which also started for the 2000 national championship squad, is no small chore. The kicking duties are wide open. Both punter and kicker need new starters, which could play a big role if the low scoring affairs of last season come into play again.


Returning Starters in Bold
QB Jason White-Jr Nate Hybl-Sr / Brent Rawls-Fr
RB Quentin Griffin-Sr Jerad Estus-Jr
RB Renaldo Works-Jr Brian Odom-So
WR Curtis Fagan-Sr Brandon Jones-So
WR Antwone Savage-Sr (HB) Mark Clayton-So
TE Trent Smith-Sr Lance Donley-Jr
OT Wes Sims-So Jerod Fields-So
OG Kelvin Chaisson-Fr Chris Bush-Fr
C Vince Carter-So Brad Davis-Sr
OG Mike Skinner-Sr Jarrod Barclay-Jr
OT Chike Ozumba-Sr Jammal Brown-So
K Blake Ferguson-Jr David Bohn-Fr



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STRENGTHS: At one time last season, three Sooners were on the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List. Williams eventually won the honor, but it was ironic that some of his stiffest early season competition came from within the Sooner locker room. Williams, who bypassed his senior season to enter the NFL Draft, is the only one of three not back for this season. All three players who drew starting assignments at cornerback last season return in 2002. Derrick Strait has developed into one of the country's top cover men. Just a junior, he already has played in 26 games. One of the best-known two-way players is Andre Woolfolk, who split time at corner and receiver before missing the last three games of the regular season with an injury. He returned for the bowl game and is healthy for the upcoming campaign. At free safety, Oklahoma returns Brandon Everage, who can be a tone-setter for the defense. The front line is led by Tommie Harris. Never mind that he was a true freshman. Thirteen starting assignments later, media and opponents alike were running short of adjectives to describe the OU tackle. One of the most interesting stories on last year's team was that of Jimmy Wilkerson. A linebacker through the preseason drills, he moved to end after the season opener. Instantly he became one of the best in the nation at the position. With three of four starters back on the DL, the Sooner defense will be tougher then a Texas tornado (no pun intended).


CONCERNS: Calmus and Brandon Moore are gone, so the starting linebacker corps will feature two new faces. Both of which may belong to players who were not in Sooner uniforms last season. Oklahoma's lone returning starter at the position is Teddy Lehman. A sprinter on his high school track team, Lehman's speed easily exceeds that normally found at linebacker. Opposing offenses tried to stay away from Calmus last season, and in doing so unwittingly built Lehman's resume' and experience. Although some feel there is talent ready to step in, heading into spring not many of those same people could have told you who it would be. Other than missing a few key people inside, there really are not too many holes. Look for the defense to come up big again in 2002.


Returning Starters in Bold
DE Jonathan Jackson-So Dan Cody-So
NT Lynn McGruder-So Dusty Dvoracek-So
DT Tommie Harris-So Kory Klein-Jr
DE Jimmy Wilkerson-Jr Claude Clayborne-So
SLB Pasha Jackson-So Russell Dennison-Fr
MLB Lance Mitchell-So Clint Ingram-Fr
WLB Teddy Lehman-Jr Gayron Allen-So
CB Andre Woolfolk-Sr Jowahn Poteat-Fr
CB Derrick Strait-Jr Antonio Perkins-So
SS Matt McCoy-Jr Eric Bassey-Fr
FS Brandon Everage-Jr Michael Thompson-Jr
P Blake Ferguson-Jr Justin Willett-Fr
Running back Quentin Griffin holds the school record for receptions in consecutive games with 26. The streak is ongoing and covers every game of his career.