The 2011 Oklahoma
Sooners saw ups and downs throughout their season. The Sooners rode the coattails of senior
wide receiver Ryan Broyles as well as a surprise former walk on running back
Despite another double-digit win season for the Sooners,
they also had their fair share of upsets throughout the season. Oklahoma lost to unranked Texas Tech, #22 Baylor and also lost to #5
Oklahoma State in the Bedlam matchup to hand the Big 12 title to the
The Sooners lost seven players to the 2012 NFL draft. This list includes running back
Ryan Broyles to the Detroit Lions as the 54th pick, offensive tackle
Donald Stephenson to the Kansas City Chiefs as the 74th pick,
cornerback Jamell Fleming to the Arizona Cardinals as
the 80th pick, defensive end Frank Alexander to the Carolina Panthers as the 103rd pick, linebacker Ronnell
Lewis to the Detroit Lions as the 125th pick, tight end James Hanna
to the Dallas Cowboys as the 186th pick and lastly outside
linebacker Travis Lewis to the Detroit Lions as the 223rd pick in
Needless to say, the Sooners lost a lot of talent on offense
and defense after the 2011 season.
The Sooners, as usual, have a lot of returning talent even
after losing seven players to the draft.
Sophomore wide receiver Kenny Stills had an impressive 2011
season with 849 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Sophomore wide receiver Jaz Reynolds also had a good year with 715 receiving yards
and five touchdowns.
Junior running back Dominique Whaley is rehabbing an ankle
injury this offseason after rushing for 627 yards and nine touchdowns. Sophomore running back Roy Finch will
also get his fair share of touches in 2012 after going for 605 yards and three
touchdowns last year.
Junior quarterback Landry Jones had a good year last year
with 4463 yards passing and 29 touchdowns.
The Sooners 2012 recruiting class was again one of the best
in the nation. The class is
headlined by junior college four star WR Courtney Gardner
(Rocklin, CA), four star junior college CB Kasseim
Everett (Woodland Hills, CA), four star S Derrick Woods (Inglewood, CA), five
star WR Trey Metoyer (Chatham, VA) and four star RB
Alex Ross (Jenks, OK).
It wouldn’t surprise many people if the Sooners made another
run at the Big 12 title in 2012.
Oklahoma has won the Big 12 in six of the last ten years. This year should be no different in
terms of having a good shot at winning the Big 12 title.
Big 12 season record
Given wins: UTEP,
Florida A&M, Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas
Tossups: Kansas State, Texas Tech, Texas, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Texas
Probable Losses: None,
there isn’t a standout team that should be heavily favored against the Sooners
My prediction: 10-2