Gone: Calcaterra – concussions
In: Jalin Conyers
Big Story : Stogner takes over.
1. Brayden Willis 6-4, 245 So FR
1. Austin Stogner 6-7, 240 So
2. Jalin Conyers 6-4, 220 FR
With the terrible concussion news about Grant Calcaterra, there are two main aims this spring. One, reintegrating the TE position back into a vital piece of the OU passing game. Two, figuring out how to use Willis/Stogner separately and together. Willis who moved to TE last year had a pretty productive year at TE showing better hands and speed than most expected from him. Year two at TE Willis needs to move forward with those skills. Willis has a tough assignment on his hands holding off Austin Stogner. Probably ends up that Willis splits his time between TE and HBack. Stogner could become a key weapon in the LR passing game with his hands, wingspan, and ability to get open. Stogner could easily become the classic safety checkdown and move the chains TE for the new OU QB. I fully expect Stogner to start his march towards becoming OU’s next great TE. Conyers comes in and is rated the #2 TE in the country by one service. Conyers first role at OU might not be at TE. The inside receiver role that Lee Morris has played the last couple of years is open though, and Conyers could start his Sooner career filling that gap and create matchup problems for defenses.
Gone: Colby Tillman (walk on)
In: Michael Henderson
Big Story: Hall to continue OU’s H-Back success while Henderson enrolls early.
1. Jeremiah Hall 6-2, 239 RS JR
1. Brayden Wills 6-4, 240, SO
2. Michael Henderson 6-2, 230 FR (enrolling early)
Trey Millard to Dmitri Flowers to Jeremiah Hall. OU’s had a nice run of quality H-Backs who have been excellent blowers and factors in the OU passing game. Jeremiah Hall had a very positive 2ndyear campaign making a number of big plays for the Sooner passing game. Hall will look to add to that receiving threat this spring working with the new QBs. Michael Henderson brings some serious big play potential to the spot as well. Henderson is enrolling early but his frame and speed are the best for this position since Trey Millard. Like Jalin Conyers, Henderson is a potential player to fill the inside receiver slot vacated by Lee Morris. Henderson could extend OU’s ability to have big athletes causing OU’s opponents serious matchup problems. And Henderson has the speed to turn some of those coverage busts on OU’s Hback into huge passing plays.