Top 5 Players to Watch at the OU Spring Game

By: Hunter Griffitts
Twitter: @HunterGriffitts

Spring practice for the Sooners is in full swing and with that has come the plethora of reports on the current players and new players on the team. This Saturday the Sooners will play in their annual Spring Game and with this game comes much anticipation and excitement from fans as there should be.

Although many positions have returning starters a lot of the skill positions, notably receiver and running back still need to be filled out. These question marks are what draw fans to the Spring Game. The opportunity to see where OU stands at these positions and which newcomers can help answer these question marks heading into the 2017 season.

Here are just five OU players who we will be watching at the Spring Game this Saturday. Ranked from 5-1:

5.) Jeffrey Mead – WR – 6’5” 187lbs

The surprisingly strong finish to the 2016 season from senior WR Jeffrey Mead has OU fans expecting big things from him for the 2017 season. Mead had 150 yards receiving on 10 catches in 2016 and made some athletic catches for OU, especially late in the year. Mead will look to turn 2017 into his true break-out year. The Sooners have questions at receiver for 2017 and he could be one of the answers.

4.) Kenneth Murray – OLB – 6’2” 232lbs

In just about every spring practice report for OU we’ve heard the name of Kenneth Murray. The incoming freshman from Missouri City, Texas wowed everyone with his size. Most saw him as a true skinny, lengthy outside guy at 210-215 pounds. So when 232 pounds came across as his official weight at OU it really turned some heads. Some reports have even mentioned him being able to potentially move inside to middle linebacker. With the lack of inside linebackers and his size it really isn’t such a bad idea.

3.) Rodney Anderson – RB – 6’2” 223lbs

Rodney Anderson is looking to finally stay healthy in 2017. After two season ending injuries kept him out for the majority of the past two seasons. Anderson seems to be healthy and ready to go. He stunned everyone at OU’s first spring practice with how much muscle he had put on over the offseason while rehabbing. Simply put, he lived in the weight room during his time off the field. Look for fans to really have their eyes locked on number 24 for most of the afternoon on Saturday. However, Anderson will likely be dealt a yellow/blue jersey as he has been all spring practice thus far keeping him away from any contact.

2.) Jon-Michael Terry – ILB – 6’2” 246lbs

2017 is the year for Terry and the middle linebacker position is his to take or to lose. The OU coaching staff seem to beam every time they mention Terry’s name. It’s definitely something for fans to get excited about and something they will for sure be on the lookout for on Saturday. Saturday we will likely see Terry and Ricky DeBerry for Oklahoma get most of the reps at middle linebacker, hopefully giving us a better picture of the frontrunner at middle linebacker.

1.) Marquise Brown – WR – 5’11” 157lbs

The question, “Who’s going to replace Sterling Shepard” after 2015 will be turning into “Who’s going to replace Dede Westbrook?” The JUCO transfer has had high praise from coaches and the media. The highly talented future slot-receiver has been reported multiple times as running right by defenders and making catches all over the place. It will be fun this Saturday to watch Brown and see what type of production he can give OU for 2017. At his previous school, College of the Canyons in California, Brown had 50 receptions for 754 yards and 10 touchdowns. Brown was also ranked as the 3rd-best JUCO receiver by 247Sports and ESPN.

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