NORMAN, Okla. — With National Signing Day in the rearview mirror, Oklahoma’s on-the-field focus goes to the 2018 season. Spring practice begins in about four weeks.
The Sooners lost a lot of talented players and have more coming in. The depth chart will change constantly, but here is an early guess at the depth chart heading into the 2018 season.
Note: The depth chart only includes 2018 signees who are midyear enrollees.
1. Kyler Murray, Jr.
2. Austin Kendall, So.
3. Tanner Mordecai, Fr.
Notes: Murray and Kendall will compete for the job. It does the Sooners no good to simply hand the position to Murray. What should be interesting is the fact they are different quarterbacks. Murray is the epitome of a dual-threat quarterback. He can throw from the pocket but can embarrass a good defense when he gets outside of it. Kendall is a pocket passer in every sense. Coach Lincoln Riley will start molding an offense for both in the coming weeks.
Mordecai doesn’t arrive until June. Unless there is an injury to Murray or Kendall, he will redshirt in 2018.
1. Rodney Anderson, Jr.
2. Trey Sermon, So.
3. Kennedy Brooks, R-Fr.
4. T.J. Pledger, Fr.
5. Marcelias Sutton, Sr.
Notes: The top spots are clear; underneath is where things will be interesting in the spring. Brooks, a 2017 4-star recruit, comes out of redshirt status as Pledger arrives. There is playing time to be had behind Anderson and Sermon. Oklahoma won’t allow much contact for Anderson and Sermon this spring. Brooks and Pledger should get a lot of work.
1. Carson Meier, Sr.
2. Jeremiah Hall, R-Fr.
Notes: Meier gets the top spot because he is a proven blocker. The Sooners envisioned Hall as the replacement for recent graduate Dimitri Flowers. Odds are he won’t bring the variety of options Flowers did this early in his career.
1. Bobby Evans, Jr.
2. Quinn Mittermeier, Sr.
Notes: Evans, a two-year starter at right tackle, receives the first crack at Orlando Brown’s old spot. Five-star recruit Brey Walker enters the discussion in June. It likely will take an injury for Walker to become an immediate starter, but he is going to factor into the 2018 depth chart.
1. Ben Powers, Sr.
2. Cody Ford, Jr.
Notes: This is the deepest position on Oklahoma’s roster. The daily battle between these two goes into its second year.
1. Creed Humphrey, R-Fr.
2. Jonathan Alvarez, Sr.
Notes: Alvarez redshirted in 2017, but Humphrey has the potential to be a four-year starter at the position. Alvarez also will work at guard.
1. Dru Samia, Sr.
2. Tyrese Robinson, R-Fr.
Notes: Samia enters his fourth season as a starter, but Robinson comes out of his redshirt. He was one of the Sooners’ top offensive recruits in 2017.
1. Adrian Ealy, R-Fr.
2. Erik Swenson, So.
Notes: The depth Oklahoma had in 2017 allowed Ealy to redshirt. He turned a lot of heads in his first season. He also could be an option at left tackle. Incoming tackles Darrell Simpson and Tramonda Moore, a junior college transfer, will factor into the spot. Both also could move to guard.
1. Grant Calcaterra, So.
2. Brayden Willis, Fr.
Notes: What happens with the position after the departure of Mark Andrews, who is entering the 2018 NFL Draft? Calcaterra is one of Oklahoma’s best returning pass catchers. Willis gives the Sooners another tight end, but odds are Oklahoma will redshirt him.
1. CeeDee Lamb, So.
2. Charleston Rambo, R-Fr.
Notes: Lamb was great as a freshman. Adding Rambo, who redshirted last season, makes this one of the offense’s deepest spots.
1. Mykel Jones, Jr.
2. Myles Tease, Sr.
3. Jaquayln Crawford, Fr.
Notes: Jones’ impact increased throughout the 2017 season, and he seems poised to do more as a junior. Crawford is the one to watch. He is quick, fast and sharp. The Sooners shouldn’t have a problem ingraining him in the offense.
1. Marquise Brown, Jr.
2. A.D. Miller, Sr.
Notes: Brown enters 2018 as the most explosive receiver in the Big 12. He averaged 19.2 yards per catch as a sophomore and did little until the second half of the season. Miller is coming off an injury-plagued season.