We conclude out three-part analysis of 2018 Oklahoma football by taking a look at a unit that hasn’t exactly distinguished itself the past few seasons: special teams.
One of the criticisms during Bob Stoops’ head-coaching reign at Oklahoma was the lack of a special teams coach on his staff. Many head coaches- notably Virginia Tech’s now-retired Frank Beamer, or even Big 12 patriarch Bill Snyder of Kansas State – believe that good special teams play can make a huge difference. Nothing like a kick or punt return for a touchdown to boost a team looking for a spark.
Oklahoma’s overall special teams performance in 2017 was lackluster, at best. The Sooners did not have any returns for touchdowns during the 2017 campaign, and one wonders if a return at the right moment might have made a difference sometime during the season, or especially in the postseason.
Let’s turn our eye now to 2018 and see if there are positive changes in the horizon for the Sooner special teams unit.