Oklahoma Sooners Football: Good news, bad news at midway point of 2020
With just five games left to play, the Oklahoma Sooners have officially hit the halfway mark of a bizarre 2020 regular season. I have some good news and bad news to share about the remainder of the year.For some reason, people always start with the good news and end with the bad. Who are these sadists? Here at CCM, we prefer to leave on a high note. So let start with three pieces of unpleasantness, followed by three bits of good news.Bad newsOU needs help to win a sixth consecutive Big 12 titleTom Tingle/The Republic via Imagn Content Services, LLCIn particular, Cain has come through in a big way in his first year as part of the OU staff. Nik Bonitto and Jon-Michael Terry have both taken major steps forward at the JACK position, with Bonitto becoming an especially effective pass rusher. In Perkins absence at defensive end, Cain has overseen the development of Isaiah Thomas from afterthought to pro prospect.Thibodeaux was dealt a similar blow before the season when disruptive defensive tackle Jalen Redmond opted out of the 2020 campaign
. Junior college transfers Perrion Winfrey and Josh Ellison are helping make up for Redmond absence in the meantime. Winfrey talent was undeniable, but under Thibodeaux tutelage, Ellison became a valuable contributor on the interior far sooner than expected.Frankly, you could extend the praise for Thibodeaux and Cain to the entire staff on defense. Tough to complain about any of Riley hires on that side of the ball since the end of the 2018 season
.OU passing game is preparing for liftoffRattler has the goods from a talent standpoint. What will take OU aerial attack to the next level is his growing rapport with OU emerging cast of receivers.True freshman Marvin Mims is already leading the team in receptions (19), receiving yards (328) and touchdown catches (six). Tight end Austin Stogner is tied for first on the team in receptions at 19. Theo Wease has set a career high in yards in each of the last two games.The Sooners have some solid receiving options behind the stars, including veteran Charleston Rambo and Red River hero Drake Stoops. There also H-back Jeremiah Hall, who provides a security blanket for Rattler in the red zone.Importantly, the receiving corps is on the verge of getting a talent infusion in the coming weeks. Trejan Bridges will likely make his 2020 debut on Saturday versus Texas Tech. His classmate Jadon Haselwood may be just a week or two away from returning from an offseason knee injury. Even if Rattler needs a little extra time to get comfortable with Bridges and Haselwood, their services are close to a luxury at this point.So expect the OU offense in the team remaining games to come closer to recent standards of explosiveness through the air
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