Does the Oklahoma D have a new attitude?
Posted Apr 10, 2012

From the Scout publishers, here's the inside info on the key questions this spring.

Spring 2012 - Key Questions


What's happening this spring season? Several FSN publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football. Scroll down for the links to all the spring questions.

Q: Besides the Blake "Belldozer" Bell, is there any hope for the running game – who's the main back going to be?

From Joey Helmer, … There is definitely some hope for the running game. In fact, that has been one of the biggest points of emphasis for the team this spring is establishing the ground attack. The offense has talked several times this spring about their disappointment with finishing in the middle pack of the Big 12 last year as far as yards per carry. So, you'll see an increased emphasis for that not just amongst the running backs but also with the big boys up front.

Centers/offensive guards coach James Patton has stressed that with his group all spring, so one would have to say there's definitely hope for the running game.

The main back at this point is Brennan Clay, but Roy Finch is having a good spring and Danzel Williams is really making some progress. Watch out for a major new wrinkle in the fall, too, with fullback Trey Millard. Several coaches have raved about him being the best player on the field so far this spring. He'll get an increased amount of touches in 2012.

How much has the attitude changed with Mike Stoops returning to run the D?

I think the biggest thing with Mike Stoops' return to the defense is just that it is a fresh face around the program. Linebackers coach Tim Kish, who came from Arizona with him, has played a huge part in bringing that freshness to the D as well. So, it's not necessarily a major attitude change but just some newness to the program that has perhaps inspired these players to showcase themselves and their ability to their new position coaches.

What's the biggest insider storyline from this spring that the average fan should know about?

It's the emergence of early enrollee wide receiver Trey Metoyer. He has caught everyone's eyes out there on the practice field with some of his athletic catches he's made. Wide receivers coach Jay Norvell and head coach Bob Stoops said it's certainly not out of the question that he could start next season. His addition and the fact he has reps in spring ball is huge for the Sooners.

- Really, who is Notre Dame's best QB option?
- What does Michigan have to do to beat Bama?
- How have things changed at Arizona State?
- Is BYU motivated as an independent?
- Does the Oklahoma D have a new attitude?
- Is Southern Miss starting from scratch?
- Is anything improving at Duke?
- Is Cal's Jeff Tedford on any real hot seat?
- Does Wisconsin have a receiving corps?
- Is SMU RB Zach Line back and healthy?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?

- Is The Nevin Shapiro Case Affecting Miami?
- How Is UCLA Different So Far Under Jim Mora?
- Will Florida State Finally Turn The Corner?
- Will Rutgers Be Better Without Greg Schiano?
- Will The Alabama Defense Be As Good As 2011?
- Can Boise State Go On Without Kellen Moore?
- Who Are Northwestern's New Offensive Weapons?
- Is Clemson Over The Orange Bowl Disaster?
- Who's The Next Great Illinois D Lineman?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?