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It's time for one or 2 players to Step Up! I mean, we have plenty of good recruits that are on the team.... We are no different than florida a few years ago playing 2 true freshman off lineman, We recruit well.. its time for nila or whoever else it is to step up, man up and play their asses off!!! I believe in them.. Our season is not doomed...
I agree, it's why they were recruited here, they're just going to have to play a little Sooner than usual.
there have been many true freshman throughout the years that have had great success.. we have a few of those and some redshirts as well... We will be fine
I agree with the overall sentiment - "now is time to step up" - "this is Oklahoma football" - "inspiring quote here". I would caution that some talent losses are simply too much to bear while maintaining the same expectations. For instance, you can't lose Broyles and expect the same production from the slot. AD gets injured, and there's a 1 in a million chance you have another AD right behind him.
Our current situation isn't so terrible, we haven't lost AD or Bradford or some all-world player...but we did lose two excellent OLs, one of whom was preseason All-Big 12. Hope for the best, of course, but expect some struggles and growing pains.
Don't try too hard to downplay this situation. I'm all for optimism, but the reality is that Habern and Evans took 59 combined starts with them. Habern and Evans were just as talented as the players who will take their spots, but also had the benefits of extensive experience. Their replacements will lack that experience, and it will be evident on the field, especially early on in the season.
It is all but a given that, at some point this season, there will be more OL injuries that will force a guy to miss all or part of a game (and maybe more). The lack of depth will rear its head at some point. The only question is how bad it will be when it does.
I totally understand what we lost with losing habern and now evans.. it totally sucks... but the team has had an offseason winter session. all spring, and summer... there should be a couple of players who were just dying to get into the rotation to prove they are worthy, now they have an opportunity to show what they can do... There has to be one of 2 players that will take full advantage of this chance....Too many crutches have been used for our teams as of late.. im sick of the excuses just get it done... if we are not good enough to beat some teams then so be it....
The good part of this is that it is off season and the coaches know the holes that need filling so learning and competition for playing time will be fierce and guys will be in a position to step up. It is much harder to get and keep young guys prepared during the season when the reps with first team are reserved for the guys that earned it during the Spring and Summer so when you lose multiple players at a position (during the season) there will be inexperience and a learning curve. With the early schedule we have this year you will see more young guys getting quality practice and real game reps, the future is very encouraging with the young talent we have here also think the coaching staff will coach more to their personnel strengths as opposed to (and not bashing V) forcing things on kids when they just do not get it at times. Brent is a my way or the highway kinda guy and expected them to grasp any and everything he threw at them never changing even when the problems were evident to everyone. Now on the other hand Josh is no dummy, got much needed experience last year and will only be better for it so I look for greater things from him this year. All in all coaches can be stubborn on how they coach, game plan and call games but I can bet last year left a lot of bad tastes in coaches mouths and should not repeat the same mistakes and the same goes for the players that were there as well. Again the early season schedule will be easier this year and with the two bye weeks there will be additional time for some of the younger and perhaps older guys to get the preverbal light to come on and step up.
This post was edited by oufisherman on 8/7/2012 at 6:01 PM
not the start of practice i was hoping, this last week, but at least the schedule early on will provide the new o'line maybe needed time to jell
there are scads of talented recruits OU and Stoops and Co have got in Norman....adversity makes victory even sweeter.
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