The Oklahoma Sooners released the 2011 probably depth chart for the football team on Friday, July 15.
While there are many expected starters in the lineup, there were also some surprises. Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles, two of the preseason awards favorites, remain starters on offense. Jones will start the season as the signal caller although the number one backup role is still undetermined. Both Blake Bell and Drew Allen rest on the chart as the immediate backups and likely will battle throughout the season for this important role.
Record breaking Oklahoma Sooners wide-out Ryan Broyles is the starting slot receiver in what looks to be a solid receiver corps. Dejuan Miller, coming back from a 2010 season ending injury, and true sophomore Kenny Stills are the other two starting receivers in the lineup. Jaz Reynolds, Justin McCay and Trey Franks sit in the lineup as the main backups.
However, the running back position offers unexpected results. Roy Fitch, last year’s freshman sensation that pushed DeMarco Murray out of playing time, is not listed anywhere on the depth chart. Instead, Brennan Clay and Jonathan Miller are slotted to start in a two-man running back rotation. There is no word on what role Fitch will have in the offense or special teams at this time. Trey Millard returns as the starting fullback.
Another interesting development on offense is the addition of redshirt freshman Daryl Williams as the starting right tackle, following the injury to Jarvis Jones. Donald Stephenson, Gabe Ikard, Ben Habern and Tyler Evans join him on the line. James Hanna returns as the starting tight end, backed up by Trent Ratterree.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jamell Fleming returns after a spring suspension from the team, but sits right now as a backup to Gabe Lynn at the cornerback position. Demontre Hurst joins Lynn, lining up on the other side of the field. Aaron Colvin and Javon Harris fill out the defensive backfield.
With the unfortunate passing of Austin Box, the starting linebackers for the season will be Travis Lewis, Tom Wort and Tony Jefferson. The defensive line, a liability last season when it comes to the running game, will try to turn things around in 2012 with Ronnell Lewis, Casey Walker, Jamarkus McFarland and Frank Alexander manning the line.
For the third season in a row, Jimmy Stevens and Patrick O’Hara will attempt to fill the role of kicker, an area that Oklahoma struggled at over the past few years.
The Oklahoma Sooners start the 2011 season on September 3, 2011 against the Tulsa Hurricanes.