Another July or August day and another article trying to determine what is the most important elements and players for the Sooners to have a strong season. This Fox Southwest Sports article names the five most important players in their opinion for the Sooners in 2013. They name Chuka Ndulue, Aaron Colvin, Trey Metoyer, Trey Millard and Blake Bell as the five that must perform this fall. My list would be a little different as they are assuming the Blake Bell will be named the start, yet Stoops has made a concerted effort to say it is still an open competition and some of the those that have been around this sumer claim it is between Bell and Kendall Thompson and that they have been taking the same amount of snaps. So, I would say the starting quarterback without actually naming one.
I would also go with junior college transfer defensive tackle Quincy Russell over Chuka Ndulue as the one of the most imortant as he will have a dramatic impact on the success of the Sooner's defensive line this fall. He is a strong player with a huge upside that many are penciling in as a starter before he even steps onto the field. Russell's presence this fall will not only help the rotation, but provide a solid player that can fill a desperate need for the Sooners.
Lastly, I would not have metoyer on the list as the recieving corps has a huge stable of capable players that will provide a steady rotation and ensure the Sooner's passig game is a go. I would slot one of the linebackers or cornerback Cortez Johnson as a player(s) that is crucial to the Sooner's defensive success this fall. If the linebackers and/or Cortez make their mark this fall, then Ou will be the benficiary and have a defense that will rank in the top 30 and help the Sooners succeed in a big way.
Who do you think are the five ost importnat players for the Sooners this fall? Do you agree with their list or mine? Let us know!