1. Ronnell Lewis is still on there as a starter--This is good news for Sooner fans who are worried about his eligibility. Up to game week, he is still ahead of David King at defensive end. Lewis, however, is still pending the NCAA Clearinghouse and is working through a personal issue at the same time.
2. Jamell Fleming has reasserted himself as the starter at boundary corner--There’s been a lot of discussion since his return on whether he would earn his starting spot back by the season-opener or if Gabe Lynn would have those honors. Lynn had a great off-season and made significant strides in the spring, but Fleming was a force last year and led the nation in PBU’s (14). This sheds some light on that question and indicates Fleming has won his spot back.
3. Brennan Clay OR Dominique Whaley are named starters at running back--One of the most heated battles throughout fall camp has been that of the backfield. It appears these two have won the battle and Roy Finch is not far behind, as he’s currently listed as the backup. Either one of Clay or Whaley will get the first snap against Tulsa Saturday.
4. Despite Lane Johnson’s progress, starting tackles remain the same--Offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle said he’ll be using his typical three-man rotation with two starters and a tackle that roams back and forth from left to right. Right now, it looks like Johnson will be that guy while the preseason depth chart of Donald Stephenson and Daryl Williams as starters at left and right, respectively, holds the same.
5. Nila Kasitati has emerged onto the depth chart--Coaches and players alike have been raving about this guy all throughout camp. Now, Sooner fans can see the progress he has really made. Kasitati, a true freshman is now behind Tyler Evans at right guard, listed as a backup along with Adam Shead.
6. Kameel Jackson has surfaced as well--Another true freshman who will see playing time is this 6-foot, 195-pound wide out from Sam Houston High. Many expected running back Brandon Williams to be the player out of this class to make the most immediate impact, but so far Jackson has been the standout from the 2011 class. He’s currently behind Trey Franks, with Ryan Broyles and Kenny Stills in the other two spots.
7. Quickly Kellen Jones has cracked the two-deep at MIKE--Jones, a recent Michigan transfer, has already earned respect from his teammates for being a fierce competitor and one that talks some smack in the process. Now, he’s on the depth chart as well, serving backup duties along with Jaydan Bird to starter Tom Wort.
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