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Oklahoma Sooners season recap

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Oklahoma is back in familiar territory: On top of the Big 12.

It's the Sooners seventh Big 12 title this decade, and it's not entirely unexpected. Along with Nebraska and Texas, Oklahoma was one of the favorites to win the league, and they knocked off the Huskers in the title game to do it.

After a 2009 filled with an unprecedented string of injuries that had fans groaning and coaches working overtime, Oklahoma's disappointing 8-5 season last year is officially in the rear-view mirror.

All those injuries helped the Sooners put together a solid 2010, and perhaps no one was helped more than Landry Jones. The sophomore amassed 10 starts last year, and came back this year looking like a brand-new player -- most of the time, anyway.

Oklahoma's defense proved its worth with solid performances against Oklahoma State and Nebraska, and its secondary, with a pair of first-year starters at cornerback, is extremely underrated. Ryan Broyles did what everyone expected him to do: be consistently productive and grab hold of eight of Oklahoma's nine major receiving records.

Add it all up, and the Sooners finish at 10-2 with a pair of road losses to good teams.

Offensive MVP: Landry Jones, QB. Broyles deserves a look here, but the pick is Jones. His 568 pass attempts were more than any quarterback in college football, and he turned them into 4,289 yards and 35 touchdowns, which both rank second nationally. He also cut down his interceptions. He threw 14 in 449 attempts last year. This year, he had just 11.

Defensive MVP: Jeremy Beal, DE. Beal won the media's Defensive Player of the Year award, and it was well-deserved. He finished with 8.5 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and 65 tackles. No pass rusher in the Big 12 this year was more disruptive more consistently over the course of the season.

Turning point: The first three quarters at Baylor. Oklahoma was a good team, but didn't look like a team that could even win the South with a trip to Oklahoma State looming. That was until it proved it could take its best game on the road, leading Baylor 53-10 after three quarters and producing two more great performances away from home in wins over Oklahoma State and Nebraska to win the Big 12.

What's next: Probably more of the same. Jones will be back. I'd expect Broyles to leave for the NFL and running back DeMarco Murray's eligibility runs out this year after roughly nine seasons in the Big 12. As great programs do, the Sooners have plenty of talent waiting for its chance. Running back Roy Finch looks like a future star, and receiver Kenny Stills broke Broyles freshman record for receiving yardage this year. Defensively, the Sooners will lose Beal and safeties Quinton Carter and Jonathan Nelson. Travis Lewis might leave for the NFL Draft. But get ready for another generation of Oklahoma defensive stars to make names for themselves next year. Tony Jefferson, Ronnell Lewis, Tom Wort, Jamell Fleming and Corey Nelson could all be household names this time next year.