The scoop: For the fourth consecutive season, OU will open the season with a new starting quarterback. It’s a position with big shoes to fill, as two Heisman Trophy winners (Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray) and a Heisman runner-up (Jalen Hurts) have occupied the spot the past three years.
The bottom line: Spencer Rattler (pictured above), a five-star recruit, nabbed the job ahead of veteran Tanner Mordecai. Rattler, a redshirt freshman, has the tools to keep Riley’s offense humming.
The scoop: The top three running backs from 2019 won’t be available for the opener — Kennedy Brooks (opt-out), Trey Sermon (transfer to Ohio State) and Rhamondre Stevenson (suspension). It opens the door for several inexperienced running backs to make their mark.
The bottom line: T.J. Pledger is the running back with the most experience, while many fans are interested in watching Marcus Major. Keep an eye on freshman Seth McGowan.
The scoop: The question entering 2020 is who will replace CeeDee Lamb as the go-to receiver. Wondering about a replacement has been common following production from Lamb, Marquise Brown and Dede Westbrook. Charleston Rambo is ready to assume the role.
The bottom line: Rambo caught 43 passes for 743 yards and five touchdowns last season. Graduate transfers Theo Howard (UCLA) and Obi Obialo (Marshall) will look to add experience to the position.
The scoop: The biggest win last season came when Creed Humphrey, a preseason first-team All-America selection, made the decision to return to college. He’ll be surrounded by experienced players looking for improvement from last season.
The bottom line: Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is impressed with the depth on the offensive line, which will be needed in the days of COVID-19. Look for the possibility of players shifting across the line.
QB: Spencer Rattler, R-Fr., 6-1, 205; Tanner Mordecai, R-So., 6-2, 211
RB: T.J. Pledger, Jr., 5-9, 193; Marcus Major, R-Fr., 5-11, 224
FB: Brayden Willis,Jr., 6-3, 236; Jeremiah Hall, R-Jr., 6-2, 253
WR: Obi Obialo, R-Sr., 6-3, 218; Marvin Mims, Fr., 5-11, 175
WR: Charleston Rambo, R-Jr., 6-1, 175; Theo Wease, So., 6-3, 192
WR: Theo Howard, R-Sr.,6-0, 182; Drake Stoops, R-So., 5-9, 190
LT: Stacey Wilkins, R-Fr., 6-6, 316; Erik Swenson, R-Sr., 6-5, 326
LG: Marquis Hayes, R-So., 6-5, 332; Andrew Raym, Fr., 6-3, 320
C: Creed Humphrey, R-So., 6-5, 320; E.J. Ndoma-Ogar, R-Fr., 6-3, 333
RG: Tyrese Robinson, R-Jr., 6-3, 335; Brey Walker, R-So., 6-6, 342
RT: Adrian Ealy, R-Jr., 6-6, 327; Finley Felix, Sr., 6-5, 298
* Returning starters in bold