2011 Oklahoma Team Preview

2011 Oklahoma Sooners Team Preview

2010 Record – 12-2

2010 Pythag. Record – 10.93-1.07

2011 Rivals Recruiting Ranking – #14

2008-2011 Rivals Ranking Average – 10.0

2008-2011 Average Star Rating – 3.61

Offense Write-Up

DeMarco Murray is gone, however, the Sooners still kept most of their main weapons from last year, with 8 starters returning, and all 5 offensive linemen playing in all 14 games this year. Landry Jones returns after a year that saw him throw a pretty lofty amount of yards (4590) and 45 touchdowns. The receiving corps should be great, as always, with Ryan Broyles, the top man in the Sooners fast-paced passing attack, returning for his senior season after considering leaving for the NFL.

Broyles will be Landry Jones’s main target

For the backs, the workload will now go to standout sophomore Roy Finch. Finch, who rushed for 395 yards on 85 attempts, will now be expected to be the top back in Sooner Nation.

Overall, the Sooners look to have as good of an offense as one could hope for this year. Things look very bright for the boys in Norman.

2011 Offensive Starters

QB – Landry Jones

RB – Roy Finch

WR – Ryan Broyles

WR – Kenny Stills

WR – Trey Franks

TE – James Hannah

OL – Donald Stephenson

OL – Gabe Ikard

OL – Ben Habern

OL – Tyler Evans

OL – Jarvis Jones

Advanced Offensive Stats

QB – Landry Jones – 194.52 net points produced, 4.236 wins responsible for, responsible for 35.3% of Oklahoma’s wins last year, QB Score – 2354, QB Score Per Game – 168.14, QB Score Per Play – 3.52, Adj. Yards Per Attempt – 8.0, Passes Per Interception – 51.6

RB – Roy Finch – RB Score – 143, RB Score Per Game – 17.88, RB Score Per Play – 1.68

WR – Ryan Broyles – QB Attempts Per Receptions – 4.7, Receptions Per Touchdown – 9.6, Yards Per Catch – 12.4, Explosive Receiver Index – 91

WR – Kenny Stills – QB Attempts Per Receptions – 10.1, Receptions Per Touchdown – 9.6, Yards Per Catch – 12.9, Explosive Receiver Index – 98

WR – Trey Franks – QB Attempts Per Receptions – 21.3, Receptions Per Touchdown – 29.0, Yards Per Catch – 9.1, Explosive Receiver Index – 53

OL – Donald Stephenson – OLine Shares – 39.56

OL – Gabe Ikard – OLine Shares – 39.56

OL – Ben Habern – OLine Shares – 39.56

OL – Tyler Evans – OLine Shares – 39.56

OL – Jarvis Jones – OLine Shares – 39.56

Advanced Offensive Team Stats

Plays Per 6 points scored – 13.95

Rushing Yards Per Play – 3.36

Passing Yards Per Play – 7.59

Run/Pass Ratio – 47.7% run/52.3% pass

Points Per Possession – 2.8

True Red Zone Percentage – 69.5%

Offensive Line Rating – 4.30

Defense Write Up

The 2011 Sooners will rely on the talent of Travis Lewis, a senior weakside linebacker. Lewis, a possible preseason all-American, recorded 3 interceptions for 43 yards and 53 solo tackles, and 109 total tackles.

Travis Lewis leads the Sooner defense

The Sooners defense was a defense with a lot of talent, but raised some question by allowing 6.01 yards per pass, and 4.14 yards per rush on average. However, they did have a pretty good PP6pa, only allowing a team to score the value of a touchdown once every 20 plays. The defensive unit should be much improved in 2011 though, and the Sooners can be a national championship contender if they can limit the amount of yards the offense gives up per play.

2011 Defensive Starters

DE – Ronnell Lewis

DT – Stacey McGee

DT – Casey Walker

DE – Frank Alexander

OLB – Tony Jefferson

MLB – Austin Box

OLB – Travis Lewis

CB – Demontre Hurst

CB – Gabe Lynn

SS – Aaron Colvin

FS – Javon Harris

Advanced Defensive Team Stats

Plays Per 6 points allowed – 19.67

Rushing Yards Per Play Allowed – 4.14

Passing Yards Per Play Allowed – 6.01

Opponent’s Run/Pass Ratio – 50.1% run/49.9% pass

Opponent’s Points Per Possession – 1.6

Opponent’s True Red Zone Percentage – 65.2%

Personal Thoughts

Perhaps I’m a complete nutjob. Perhaps I need to smacked over the head with a broomhandle. However, I’m not sure if I’m on the Oklahoma bandwagon for the national championship. They’ll certainly be a good team, and are the odds on favorite to win the Big XII championship. However, as for them winning the national championship, I’m not entirely sold just yet. Landry Jones is a good QB, and I expect the offense to be great. It’s OU’s defense that worries me a little….and I believe that that could be their downfall. Maybe my tone will change after a couple of more team previews. But, for now, I’ll call a Big XII title, 11 win season, and a Fiesta Bowl appearance(if that bowl is even in the BCS in 2011).

2011 Schedule(Projected result in parenthesis)

September 3 – Tulsa – (W 41-24)

September 17 – at Florida State – (L 27-34)

September 24 – Missouri – (W 34-24)

October 1 – Ball State – (W 56-20)

October 8 – vs. Texas – (W 28-25)

October 15 – at Kansas – (W 52-21)

October 22 – Texas Tech – (W 46-38)

October 29 – at Kansas State – (W 38-17)

November 5 – Texas A&M – (W 33-21)

November 12 – Iowa State – (W 50-10)

November 19 – at Baylor – (W 45-27)

November 26 – at Oklahoma State – (L 32-38)

Nick’s 2011 Prediction – 10-2

2011 Predictive Pythag. Record – 9.66-2.34


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