2009 Oklahoma Sooners Football Preview
2009 Oklahoma Sooners season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Oklahoma Sooners football preview as well as the 2009 Oklahoma Sooners Football Schedule. If you dont know how to beat the odds, give Maddux's winning NCAA picks a shot.
Coach: Bob Stoops (11th year at Oklahoma)
Team Name: Sooners
2008 Overall Record: 12-2
Returning Starters: 14
The Oklahoma Sooners (12- 2 overall, 7- 1 Big 12) tied for first in the Big 12 South, humiliated Missouri 62- 21 in the conference championship contest and then as the number two team in the nation went to the BCS Championship where they lost to Florida 14- 24. Will the Sooners be able to repeat this year and get another shot at the National Title?
Last season as a sophomore QB Sam Bradford (483 ATT, 328 COMP, 4,720 YDs, 50 TDs, 8 INTs) led the Sooners to the Big 12 Championship and won the Heisman Trophy. Unfortunately, his team also lost the National Championship game. The Sooner offense, which was ranked 1st in the nation, put an average of 51.1 PPG on the board. The 3rd ranked passing game was devastating. Two prime targets return. Tight end Jermaine Gresham (66 REC, 950 YDs, 14 TDs) returns as the top pass catcher, while sophomore Ryan Broyles (46 REC, 687 YDs, 6 TDs) is back as the number one wideout. There’s a wealth of depth in this unit. The running game features two top backs—Chris Brown (217 ATT, 1,220 YDs, 20 TDs) and DeMarco Murray (179 ATT, 1,002 YDs, 14 TDs). The O-line must be rebuilt.
The 58th rated defense allowed 24.5 PPG. The frontline features some top performers—DE Jeremy Beal (61 TKLs, 8.5 SKs, 7 TFL) and DT Gerald McCoy (30 TKLs, 6.5 SKs, 4.5 TFL, 1 INT). Three guys upfront combined for 16.5 sacks last season. As a freshman last season, OLB Travis Lewis (144 TKLs, 3.5 SKs, 8.5 TFL, 4 INTs) led the team in tackles and tied for the lead in picks. Now he’s back and experienced. Corners Dominique Franks (42 TKLs, 1 TFL, 4 INTs) and Brian Jackson (72 TKLs, 4 TFL, 2 INTs) were both stellar in 2008. Two new guys start at the safety spots. This defense looks to be experienced, tenacious and smart.
The special teams have some possible openings. DeMarco Murray (28 Kick Ret, 27.6 YPR) did a fine job last season but has suffered from injuries that make him uncertain at that spot. Punt returner Broyles (24 Punt Ret, 238 YDs, 9.9 YPR, 1 TD) may also handle kickoffs. Kicker Jimmy Stevens (94- 99 Extra Pts, 8- 12 FG) was inaccurate and will be pressed by freshman Trent Way. Way will definitely handle punts.
Head coach Bob Stoops (109- 24 in 10 years with Oklahoma) continues to create winning teams. In the past five years, the Sooners have averaged almost 10 wins per season. They’ve won the Big 12 title four of five years. But the team’s bowl record in that time stands at 1- 5. Last season, the Sooners lost one regular season game. It was a 45- 35 contest to the Texas Longhorns. This season, the Sooners face their usual tough schedule. Still, non-conference opponents BYU, Idaho State, Tulsa and Miami look to all be wins. The October 17 Texas Longhorn match up is the big deal and will determine bragging rights in the Big 12 South. The Sooners are good enough to take the Big 12 and get an invite to a BCS game.
Oklahoma Sooners Football Schedule
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