3 Oklahoma football players who should be replaced on the depth chart for 2024

FanSided college football writer Josh Yourish sees three spots for the Sooners to improve the team just by making changes on the depth chart.

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jake Retzlaff (12) runs from Jaren Kanak (7)
Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jake Retzlaff (12) runs from Jaren Kanak (7) / Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports
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Jalil Farooq. 3. Jalil Farooq. player. 464. . Senior. Jalil Farooq. . WR

Farooq was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection for his efforts in 2023, but the voters were overrating his raw numbers. Farooq finished with 45 catches for 694 yards and two touchdowns, but he was targeted 75 times and only came down with 60% of the passes in his direction. 

He had just four drops and a drop rate of 8.2%, but his yards per route run of 1.65 was very disappointing. Drake Stoops became Oklahoma’s leading receiver by default, but Farooq had every opportunity to outproduce Stoops and didn’t. 

Stoops averaged 2.32 yards per route run and caught 77.8% of his passes. Farooq also struggled on contest catch attempts only bringing down six of his 12 and just one of his six attempts on passes over 20 yards downfield. Two of his 12 contested catch targets even turned into interceptions, the second most on the team. 

Farooq was a serviceable deep threat last year, but he is slated to become the No. 1 receiver with Stoops out of eligibility and he hasn’t proven to be reliable enough for Arnold to target over 100 times in 2024. Instead, WR1 should be incoming transfer Deion Burks from Purdue. 

It’s not that Farooq should find his way onto the bench, but WR1 is a stretch for a player who allowed two interceptions on contest catches and fumbled twice in his junior season.

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