Friday, April 12, 2013
Previewing Saturday's Big 12 spring games
By David Ubben
Two Big 12 teams will cap their spring with an annual spring game on Saturday. Here's a closer look.
What to watch:
- Kickoff at 2 p.m, televised on Fox Sports Southwest and Fox College Sports
- Admission: $10
- The quarterbacks: Blake Bell definitely has the experience advantage, but Trevor Knight has quick legs and could leave a lasting impression in Sooners fans' minds with a big day. There has been no formal announcement on who the Sooners' starter will be, but coach Bob Stoops' answers to those questions after the game will be intriguing.
- The defensive line: Oklahoma lost three starters along the line, but you'll be able to see what kind of progress the Sooners made this spring on Saturday. Blue-chip recruit D.J. Ward is finally eligible, and linemen Jordan Phillips and Rashod Favors should be interesting to watch, as well as Geneo Grissom.
- The young receivers: Jalen Saunders should lead the group, but most of the Sooners' older players won't get much work on Saturday. Younger guys with potential like Durron Neal and Sterling Shepard need to continue their work from last season. Trey Metoyer was a spring star last year before having minimal impact in the fall. Can he change that this year?
- Kickoff at 1 p.m
- Admission: Free
- Kansas players will also conduct a football clinic on the practice fields the morning of the game.
What to watch:
- All the new faces: That's the story of KU's entire spring, and we'll get a chance to see more of the new Jayhawks up close on Saturday. Oklahoma transfer Justin McCay will be a must-see attraction for the offense.
- QB Jake Heaps: If KU is going to improve, it has to start at quarterback. Dayne Crist's transfer didn't work out, but Heaps should have a bit more help at receiver, and we'll see how much he has progressed with a year in the system under his belt.
- The offensive line: It's one of the biggest question marks for the Jayhawks, and has to look good to pave the way for the most talented position on the team: Running back, headlined by James Sims and Tony Pierson. Three starters are gone from last year's unit, and the rotation and depth will be interesting.