Oklahoma Sooners vs. Tulsa Hurricane: 5 Players to Watch


Sep 7, 2013; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell (10) scrambles on his first play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter against West Virginia Mountaineers safety Karl Joseph (8) at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Oklahoma Sooners beat the West Virginia Mountaineers 16-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

by Ryan Neely

Blake Bell

The Belldozer finally gets a chance to start in Norman after an injury to Trevor Knight in the West Virginia game. Blake is the most experienced of the three quarterbacks, since he is the only one that has played in a game before this season. I expect him to perform well at least in the running game, but we will see how his accuracy is in a game type setting.

If Blake performs well in this week he could cement his role as the starting quarterback for the rest of season.

Corey Nelson

Corey has played well up till this point in the season. He has led the team in tackles in both of the first two games and should continue to be the anchor of the defense.

Brennan Clay

Brennan had the biggest game of his career against WVU averaging 7.1 yards a carry and leading the team in rushing. He has set lofty goals for himself and his running mate Damien Williams saying he wanted to rushing both of them to rush for at least 1000 yards by the seasons end. If he can continue to rush for 7 yards a carry he should be able to reach that goal by the end of the season.

Jalen Saunders

Jalen has contributed during both games, but hasn’t really had a huge game statistically yet. As long as the Sooner offense is able to get off the ground(meaning actually passing the ball), Jalen should continue to be the number 1 receiver.

If Heupel can call up some screen plays and get the ball to Jalen the ball in space where he is the most dangerous he should be very successful during this game.

The Defensive Line

Charles Tapper, Jordan Phillips, and Geneo Grissom have been a force during the first two games and need to continue to play well to allow the defense to perform at a high level. Charles Tapper has been the most impressive of the three, perhaps All Big XII at this point. If he can continue to play at this high of a level Tapper will not only have a big impact this season, but perhaps for the next two seasons. Lets not forget that this is his third year of football and he hadn’t lifted a weight before coming  to OU.