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February 13, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Jake Trotter

Jake Trotter
  (4:01 PM)

OK, let's get rolling...

Soonerfan5 (alabama) [via mobile]

Any news about our non conference schedule? I heard some rumors about adding Fsu and UTEP. Are those true? Also it seems like tulsa is always good for a game. Why not them?

Jake Trotter
  (4:03 PM)

OU is playing Tulsa in 2013, '14 and '15. I see UTEP as way more likely than Florida State. No way Bob agrees to playing FSU and Notre Dame in the same season. If I had to guess, the non-conf schedule will include UTEP in the Sun Bowl and N. Dakota State at home.

Bubba (California )

How many years of eligibility does Jordan Wade have? Does he still have the option to redshirt?

Jake Trotter
  (4:04 PM)

Because he wasn't enrolled last fall, he still has four years and a redshirt if the Sooners want to use one. My guess is that they won't. They need him to be ready to play in 2013, when McFarland, McGee and Walker will all be gone.

slefton (Norman, OK)

Why is OU unable to get the elite defensive recruits it needs to really be able to compete outside the big 12? Defense is never going to stop winning championships.

Jake Trotter
  (4:04 PM)

The emphasis on this class was offense. OU will go heavy defense next year. If they strike out next year, then you'll have a legitimate beef.

Junior (Oklahoma City)

If Landry Jones get injured who do the sooners go with Allen, Bell or Thompson? Why?

Jake Trotter
  (4:06 PM)

If Landry got hurt tomorrow, Allen would be the QB. If Landry got hurt in August, who knows? Could be Bell if his passing continues to improve. Thompson has some potential, but he has a ways to go in terms of learning the offense to catch up with Allen or Bell.

Zach (Broken Arrow, OK)

What is the latest on the Neal kid from Arizona??

Jake Trotter
  (4:06 PM)

Not going to OU.

John mclearen (Edmond, ok)

Is OU playing at west virgina and at Tcu in September? That will be a tough stretch if so

Jake Trotter
  (4:07 PM)

I think there's a very good chance OU plays at West Virginia in Sept. And yes, that would be a tough game. WV will be for real next season.

Javier (Mission Beach, Ca)

Which OU Players do you enjoy following on twitter? por que?

Jake Trotter
  (4:07 PM)

Me gusto Drew Allen. Especially when he tries to stump the OU compliance office.

Andy (oklahoma)

Do u see Colvin moving to CB or staying at safety?

Jake Trotter
  (4:08 PM)

I see him staying at safety. At least that's where OU would prefer to play him.

Deeann (Dallas)

How will team compensate without Ryan Broyles?

Jake Trotter
  (4:09 PM)

You can't replace a Ryan Broyles with one player. OU will try to do it with several, including a host of talented newcomers. There's enough talent on this offense to score 40-plus a game next season.

Dave (Norman)

Out of all the road games, does WVU have the biggest chance of beating OU?

Jake Trotter
  (4:10 PM)

Yes, that's the toughest game on the schedule. Maybe by far.

Tim (Norman, OK)

Do you think Damien Williams can come in and start ahead of Dominique Whaley immediately?

Jake Trotter
  (4:11 PM)

Only if Whaley is not ready to play by August, of which there is a decent possibility.

DoTheGundy (Stillwater, OK)

What are your thoughts on that JUCO back OU has coming in? I saw some video and he was a beast, with soft hands. Also, can you...DoTheGundy?

Jake Trotter
  (4:13 PM)

Williams looks really good on film, but I tend to take a wait-and-see approach with incoming JUCOs before hyping them up. I'm actually Doing the Gundy right now.

Andy (oklahoma)

Will Jaz Reynolds be ready to go in the fall?

Jake Trotter
  (4:13 PM)

Barring something unforeseen with the kidney, yes.

Michael Rowden (Dewitt, Michigan)

What defensive player are you MOST excited about next season?

Nick Stratton (Dewitt, Michigan)

What defensive player are you MOST excited about next season?

Jake Trotter
  (4:14 PM)

Are you using fake names?

Josh (Lizard Lick)

With the hiring of Mike Stoops, will there be any difference in the defense this upcoming year (i.e. blitz more/less, press coverage/zone)

Jake Trotter
  (4:16 PM)

I expect Mike Stoops to simplify the secondary coverages significantly next season. There's no question OU's DBs at times looked like they had no idea what they were supposed to be doing at times. Guys like Derrick Strait have told me that Mike preaches simplicity back there so guys can focus more on playing instead of thinking. The rest of the defense should be fairly similar.

Joshua (Houston)

Who has the better pro career - T. Lewis or R. Broyles?

Jake Trotter
  (4:16 PM)

Ryan Broyles.

Bubba (California )

For a while it sounded as if Oklahoma was interested in playing TAMU on a regular basis. Whatever became of that idea?

Jake Trotter
  (4:17 PM)

Bob Stoops laughed at that suggestion a couple of weeks ago. So I would say that has zero chance of happening.

Ryan (Little Rock, AR)

Out of the five or so QB targets for OU in the 2013 class, which of them do you rate the most highly and which one or two is OU likely to get?

Jake Trotter
  (4:17 PM)

It's way too early to speculate across the board. I do like Swoopes a lot, and like OU's chances there, though.

Nick Stratton (Dewitt, Michigan)

Yes.

Nick Stratton (Dewitt, Michigan)

I am very very sneaky.

Nick Stratton (Dewitt, Michigan)

What defensive player are you MOST excited about next season? And why?

Jake Trotter
  (4:18 PM)

Tony Jefferson. Excited to see what Mike Stoops does with him.

Cheese Wiz (Chickasha)

Your guess on if OU sticks with speedster Trey Franks for KR and goes with Shepherd or Neal for PR? That is what I would like to see.

Jake Trotter
  (4:19 PM)

I see Franks sticking on kick return. He began to show signs of life in the Insight Bowl on kick return. Sterling and Neal will get chances to return punts. I can see Sterling thriving there.

Bubba (California )

Now that Oklahoma has been eliminated from the Davonte Neal sweepstakes, will OU offer that scholarship to another player? Maybe they can still get a good player. I remember Lane Johnson being a really late addition to the 09 class.

Jake Trotter
  (4:19 PM)

Possible but unlikely.

Ben (Glenpool)

Do you expect Gardner to have a solid impact come next season, in comparison to the other receivers? Who do you think is a "break out" or "dark horse" offensive playmaker?

Jake Trotter
  (4:23 PM)

I think it's asking a lot of Gardner to earn a starting spot right away, but I could see him making a big midseason impact, similar to Cam Kenney a couple of years ago. Gardner has a ton of talent, but is still a little raw in spots. He might take a little seasoning. Metoyer, Neal and D. Williams are all breakout candidates offensively.

Andy (oklahoma)

Do u think Tom Wort will remain in the middle with Brent gone, or will be moved outside?

Jake Trotter
  (4:24 PM)

No, he's staying in the middle. Unless he gets moved to nickelback, Corey Nelson will be on the weak side. OU is solidified at LB.

Nick (White Sands, NM)

Your % guess on OU coming to UTEP this fall? I am psyched at the possibility of OU being in my backyard again. Thanks.

Jake Trotter
  (4:25 PM)

I think the chances are good. Seems to be the most feasible of the possibilities that have been thrown out there.

Bobby (Bobby)

Which Sooner gets drafted first in the NFL draft in April and why?

Jake Trotter
  (4:26 PM)

Ronnell Lewis, because of his upside. I think Ronnell has only begun to scratch the surface of his potential.

Joshua (Houston)

Do you think Daniel Brooks ends up as a DB or does he make headway at RB? Based on his film he looks like he has T. Franks speed with R. Finch elusiveness...

Jake Trotter
  (4:27 PM)

I think the Sooners will give him a look in the slot initially, but it's very possible he gets moved to corner ultimately. Brooks has world class speed... I could see him becoming a return specialist as well. The Sooners could really use somebody like that.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Will Kellen Jones receive playing time for the Sooners this year at LB?

Jake Trotter
  (4:29 PM)

Yeah, I think so. Especially if Jaydan Bird gets moved full time to fullback, which is possible. He played really well there in the Belldozer in the Insight Bowl. Kellen's versatility -- he can play the middle or weakside -- should help him get on the field more, too. He and Frank Shannon could end up being the top two backup LBs in '12.

J.T. (OKC)

Do you think Sterling Shepherd has a similar comparison to ryan broyles when it comes to hands, speed, and rout running?

Jake Trotter
  (4:30 PM)

Yes, very similar player. But it's unfair to suggest that Sterling will become the next Ryan Broyles. We may never see another Ryan Broyles. That said, Sterling has the tools to become a very good college slot receiver.

Derrin (Plano, TX)

Are there any Mark Clayton clones in this heraleded 2012 receiver class?

Jake Trotter
  (4:31 PM)

I suppose Neal would be the closest.

Zach (Broken Arrow, OK)

Do you think we see Harris starting at safetey again with a simplified coverage scheme? He seems like a great athelete that can make plays, he was a bit over-aggressive at times

Jake Trotter
  (4:32 PM)

It's possible, but in talking with Mike Stoops, I get the feeling the Sooners will open the spring with Tony and Colvin playing back, and Joe Ibiloye in the nickel. Mike was pleased with how Ibby performed there in the Insight Bowl. I do think it would be a mistake to just give up on Harris, though. He did make a lot of plays last season, and if he can learn to be a little more disciplined against the play-action, he could become a very solid college safety. Also a great kid, too.

Bobby (Bobby)

Who will have the better NFL career - Landry Jones, Ryan Tannehill or Darron Thomas?

Jake Trotter
  (4:33 PM)

Landry. Thomas' skills don't really fit the NFL game, and Tannehill, quite frankly, just isn't as good as Landry.

Troy (Tulsa)

Who ends up on the cover of NCAA Football 13?

Jake Trotter
  (4:34 PM)

Has to be an outgoing senior, right?... Won't be Richardson since Ingram was on the last cover... I'll say Luck or Blackmon.

Zach (Broken Arrow, OK)

Of the incoming receivers...who is the best (most upside at this point)?

Jake Trotter
  (4:35 PM)

Upside? Probably Metoyer. He has all the physical skills you could want out of a high school receiver.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Where does Travis Lewis get drafted in April? His stock will drop do to injury, but do you think he'll prove to be a steal for some team?

Jake Trotter
  (4:36 PM)

He's probably looking at rounds 5-6... somewhere in there. I'm not sure how Travis' game will translate to the next level. He needs to flash some speed at the combine.

Joshua (Houston)

Does anyone on OU's roster have a chance at being Oklahoma's Next Great Defensive Lineman? I mean, All-America caliber...

Jake Trotter
  (4:37 PM)

Jordan Phillips, maybe. He is a big-time athlete, a DT that can dunk like a swingman. OU is counting on big things from him.

DoTheGundy (Stillwater, OK)

Since OSU finally has to travel to OU, how badly will they get beat this year?

Jake Trotter
  (4:38 PM)

I doubt as bad as OSU beat OU last season.

bobby (chicago )

Whats the weakest position on Offense and Defense?

Jake Trotter
  (4:39 PM)

Offense: Left tackle and tight end. Two complete unknowns. Defense: Defensive end. No impact returners.

JG (Cache)

Whenever I think of OU's chances at a NC, I say, "Nay. Too many holes on defense." But then I look at OSU's defense last year which was porous, to say the least but with A LOT of helpful turnovers. You think with Mike Stoops at the helm and above average athletes we could have just enough D and turnovers to make a run at it?

Jake Trotter
  (4:42 PM)

It's near impossible to count on forcing turnovers being your path to a national championship. That's almost impossible to coach. You either have ballhawks or you don't.

Michael (Long Beach, CA)

Did the 2010 class kind of plateau as sophs? If so, more injury related than anything else?

Jake Trotter
  (4:44 PM)

Did the class plateau? That's too strong a word. Individual players maybe didn't reach stardom like we thought they might. And you're right, injuries had a lot to do with that. I still believe the '10 class has a chance to be the best of the Stoops era.

Andy (oklahoma)

But dont you think Wort is better suited for the outside. He is not physical enough on the inside. C.Nelson would play the SLB role, with Bird on the inside

Jake Trotter
  (4:45 PM)

No, Wort is plenty physical to play in the middle. The question is, can he stay healthy there? OU has had a tough time keeping its middle linebackers healthy lately. Having a reliable backup like Bird will be paramount.

Jr (Oklahoma)

How much of an impact does Trey Millard have on the running for next year

Jake Trotter
  (4:45 PM)

A huge impact. He makes the Belldozer go. I would give him 4-5 carries a game more consistently. He makes things happen with the ball in his hands.

Stephan (Moore)

Which Running backs do you think get the most touches besides Finch, if Dom Whaley isn't back 100%?

Jake Trotter
  (4:47 PM)

Damien Williams for sure, that's why they signed him. After Williams, Clay, assuming he finally becomes 100 percent healthy. The Sooners could turn to Ross, but he's also a redshirt candidate.

Zach (Broken Arrow, OK)

How many freshman (true or redshirt) do you see playing significant roles this season? And who?

Jake Trotter
  (4:49 PM)

WRs Neal, Metoyer and Shepard; TE McNamara; maybe one of the CBs, Simon or Sanchez. Possibly Brooks on special teams.

Chris (Hulburt Field, FL)

I'm stationed away from Oklahoma and I was wonderin what the talk is around there about Bob Stoops on the hot seat if this seaons ends with 3-4 losses again?

Jake Trotter
  (4:49 PM)

Bob Stoops would have to lose more than 4 games to be on the hot seat.

DTG (Stillwater)

What percentage to you give OU on winning the Big 12? NCG?

Jake Trotter
  (4:51 PM)

OU will be the favorite to win the Big 12. I see OU being around 12-to-1 to win the national title.

Derrin (Plano, TX)

Will the offensive line improve this year and be able to consistently open holes for the running game? The unit has been average at best since the Loadholt and Joseph line a few years back?

Jake Trotter
  (4:52 PM)

I believe this group has the chance to be OU's best since the '08 line. Four starters are back, including three multi-year starters. Adam Shead is a rising star, and brings physicality to the run game. The key will be the tackles. Can Lane Johnson make a seamless switch to LT? Can somebody like Daryl Williams emerge at RT?

Michael Pendley (Home of the Selmon brothers)

Which new player do you think will stand out in the up coming spring game?

Jake Trotter
  (4:54 PM)

Trey Metoyer could make a Kenny Stills-like splash. Taylor McNamara could become an instant starter.

Jake Trotter
  (4:55 PM)

Damien Williams ought to get a lot of work, too.

Andy (oklahoma)

I think Courtney Gardner will have a Justin Blackmon type impact on the Oklahoma team. I am willing to bet he is the biggest in terms of weight and will be the most physical WR in the Big12 this year, thoughts?

Jake Trotter
  (4:56 PM)

I would curtail those expectations a bit.

Steve (Norman)

Who will be the deep snapper next year?

Jake Trotter
  (4:58 PM)

Austin Woods, the FG snapper the last two years, should take over for Winchester on punt snaps.

Jake Trotter
  (4:58 PM)

Guys, that's all the time we have. Sorry I couldn't get to all the questions. We'll do it again next week, same time, same place. Have a great week, and if you're in Oklahoma, try to stay warm.