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June 11, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Jake Trotter

Jake Trotter
  (4:01 PM)

Keep firing in those questions. We'll get rolling in a sec.

Doing That Gundy (Gettin' overtime at Droots Liquor store)

Jake, Bob Stoops said incoming transfers Jalen Saunders and Cortez Johnson have applied for waivers to play this season; Under what grounds might they have applied and how likely to be approved are these type of waiver applications? Thanks!

Jake Trotter
  (4:04 PM)

Stoops didn't reveal on what grounds Saunders and Johnson are seeking waivers. They both endured coaching changes at their previous schools, but that's usually not enough to warrant a waiver. Each waiver request is reviewed individually, but the majority of waivers are granted because of an illness to a family member or a financial hardship. So getting a waiver is not easy. I'm not optimistic.

nick (glenpool)

Lets say both Saunders and Cortez qualify to play this year, whats your take on the kind of impact they could have?

Jake Trotter
  (4:05 PM)

I'm not sure Cortez would play much of a role, but Saunders definitely would. Saunders has elite speed, and would give Landry the downfield threat he lacked at times last season.

Billy (Nashville, TN)

Did the Sooner Nation writers ever resolve the winner of the Sonic, Braums and Johnnies debate?

Jake Trotter
  (4:06 PM)

Yes. I won. Braum's and Johnnie's > Sonic.

Landry (Arkansas)

With OU favored to win the Big 12 again, can, and will the Sooners handle the pressure and take care of business?

Jake Trotter
  (4:07 PM)

It will come down to those last three games, WV, OSU, TCU. If the Sooners win all three, they'll likely be conference champs. We'll see.

Matt (Texas)

This question is about ten years old but still intrigues me. Just what caused the collapse of the 03 team? They were blowing out everyone and had all time great offense AND defense and then just collapsed in the conference and national championship games. What happened? I blame the NC loss to lsu mostly on the injury to Jason White with his thumb ribs and knees so bad he couldn't even get under center but is that all? Did mike leaving have to do with it? Did they just get worn out or what?

Jake Trotter
  (4:09 PM)

I wasn't covering the team then, but former players tell me Mike leaving really hurt the defense in that Big 12 title game. Obviously White not being 100 percent hurt, too. I've heard several former players say that the 03 team was better than the 04 team. Both teams, for whatever reason, played like the season ended in November.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Do the Thunder get it done in 6 or 7? Or do you think Lebron and D-Wade are too much for the young OKC team?

Jake Trotter
  (4:10 PM)

I think the home court configuration, 2-3-2, helps the Thunder. It's hard to beat anybody three times in a row, especially a team as resilient as the Thunder. I'm going with OKC in 7.

Jake Trotter
  (4:10 PM)

Sooners with runners at first and second, two outs.

nick (glenpool)

Prediction for NBA Finals? I'm going Thunder in 6.

Jake Trotter
  (4:11 PM)

That's optimistic. I think it will take 7.

Toby A. (San Antonio TX (I hate it here))

We need linebackers, how many do you see us signing this year?

Jake Trotter
  (4:11 PM)

I would say at least 2 or 3.

Jake Trotter
  (4:11 PM)

Bases loaded.

nick (glenpool)

Have you heard anything new pertaining to Justin Manning?

Jake Trotter
  (4:12 PM)

Nothing new.

Joshua (Houston)

Jacob - are all new recruits present and accounted for in Norman?

Jake Trotter
  (4:13 PM)

As far as the freshmen, I believe everyone is enrolled except for Tapper.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Will OU pursue Darrell Daniel out of Oakley, CA now that USC is likely done with commitment the WR Mtichell over the weekend? Or does the recent commitment of Armwood wrap up efforts for the Sooners at receiver in 2013 as well?

Jake Trotter
  (4:15 PM)

Smallwood? No, I think the Sooners add at least another WR. Not sure about Daniel, but we'll be on top of it if anything materializes.

DTG (Tulsa)

Did Kittle blow it by not offering the TE Morgan sooner?

Jake Trotter
  (4:16 PM)

Depends on whether Kittle is able to land somebody else like Hunter Henry or Danny Mattingly.

Jake Trotter
  (4:16 PM)

Sooners leave the bases loaded. Going to the seventh.

Derrin (Plano, TX)

Do you think the Sooners have a legitimate chance at landing Joe Mathis? Or is he just enjoying the process, and eventually join his cousin at USC?

Jake Trotter
  (4:17 PM)

They seem to be the ones to beat.

themotexan (ozarks)

Who is your dark horse to win the conference and why?

Jake Trotter
  (4:18 PM)

How about Texas? If they ever get any QB play, they'll be tough. That's a big if. But the rest of the team, especially the defense, is solid.

nick (glenpool)

You mind listing your way-to-early top 10 for next season?

Jake Trotter
  (4:19 PM)

1. USC, 2. LSU, 3. Alabama, 4. Oregon, 5. OU. There's a dropoff after that.

nick (glenpool)

Am i the only one that thinks Whaley is capable a 1,500+ yard season? I know he's got the ankle injury and all that but i just really feel like everybody is overlooking him. Perhaps even a darkhorse heisman candidate? your thoughts?

Jake Trotter
  (4:20 PM)

Given how Cale Gundy rotates the backs, I don't think he gets the carries for that kind of season. But you are right that people are overlooking Whaley. When healthy, he's a potential superstar.

Kameel Jackson (The Doghouse)

What I was thinking before pressing send of my twitter account?

Jake Trotter
  (4:21 PM)

Ask Jaz Reynolds.

DoTheGundy (Tulsa)

I think OU is seriously being overhyped this year. They did lose some starters.. I don't think they can win the Big 12, much less a NCG. Who do you think will win the Big 12 this year?

Jake Trotter
  (4:21 PM)

Clearly Oklahoma State, right?

Doing That Gundy (Gettin' overtime at Droots Liquor store)

Having two great RB recruits in the next class in Ford and Bryant, what percentage chance would you give that one ends up at another school?

Jake Trotter
  (4:22 PM)

Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray coexisted just fine.

Nostradamus (OKC)

Is this a jinx scheduling an OU chat during an OU game?

Jake Trotter
  (4:22 PM)

Based on the first inning, perhaps.

Jake Trotter
  (4:22 PM)

Btw, South Carolina with a leadoff double.

nick (glenpool)

Do you think McFarland can step up in his final year similiar to the way Alexander did last year and become a dominant force on the D-line? R.J. Washington too?

Jake Trotter
  (4:24 PM)

Similar to the way Alexander did? No. Neither player is going to be the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. But either, particularly Washington, could have a relative breakout season. The talent is there.

Dale (Artesia)

You make anything of that stud receiver de-committing from UT? Does he have any interest playing for a team that passes alot?

Jake Trotter
  (4:25 PM)

Or maybe he doesn't have interest playing for a team that can't throw.

Jake Trotter
  (4:25 PM)

Holy smokes. Mistich throws the ball into left field on the sac bunt. SC 1, OU 0.

DoTheGundy (Tulsa)

Thunder in 5. Thunder's big 3 > Heat's big 3. Thunder's bench >>> Heat's bench. The Heat won't get it done 2 years in a row.

Jake Trotter
  (4:26 PM)

Would anyone be stunned if the Thunder won in 5? I'm not picking that, but after OKC came back being down 2-0 to the Spurs, nothing about the Thunder would surprise me.

Sonny Galloway (Columbia, SC)

Any thoughts on Phil Steele having OU at #2 for his projected post season finish poll? http://www.philsteele.com/

Jake Trotter
  (4:27 PM)

Did he watch this team play in November? Seems overly optimistic (third time I've used that word in this chat).

Sam (Texas)

With Reynolds, franks and I forgot the other did they do anything since the suspenison or were they going to have their schloarships revoked anyways

Jake Trotter
  (4:28 PM)

Their scholarships were revoked for the initial offense.

Bufford (Tuttle)

With a great QB and two awesome RB recruits will this help get some great O-Line prospects that we are needing?

Jake Trotter
  (4:30 PM)

I think so. Patton has done a solid job recruiting in recent years, notably with last year's interior haul. It's on Kittle now to land a couple of tackles.

Joshua (Houston)

Lane Kiffin is 25-13 as a college coach (5-15 in NFL, but that's beside the point). Overrated coach, overrated team. Even with a weak schedule, I don't think they make it to the NC. What's with the USC hype and why does this guy keep getting HC jobs?

Jake Trotter
  (4:31 PM)

They'll have the best QB in the country in Matt Barkley, and a ton of firepower offensively. If they beat Oregon, they'll be in the mix.

Jake Trotter
  (4:31 PM)

Passed ball. 2-0 Gamecocks.

Dave (Texas)

With Ricky seals-jones decomitting from Texas does this mean they're out of it and what are OU's chances?Are you buying the preseason hype for Texas?

Jake Trotter
  (4:33 PM)

I haven't heard connected to OU, but that could always change. Am I buying the hype of Texas as a national title contender? Uh, no.

Jake Trotter
  (4:34 PM)

2-0 is going to be tough to come back from the way the Sooners have been swinging the bats. Would not be a good showing if OU came away from Columbia without scoring a run.

Toby A. (San Antonio TX (I hate it here))

With the way Baylor played last year and the way they are recruiting already this year do you see them taking over the state of Texas

Jake Trotter
  (4:35 PM)

Uh, no.

Landry Jones (Norman)

"They'll have the best QB in the country in Matt Barkley" - HOW DARE YOU SIR! I've been doing some cool broom work, IF you haven't noticed...Good day, sir!

Jake Trotter
  (4:35 PM)

I don't even know what that means, but it made me laugh.

Billy (Nashville, TN)

I know it was reported the visit went well, but is there any reason to worry Jordan Mastrogiovanni did not commit right away?

Jake Trotter
  (4:36 PM)

No, I don't think so. Not every player, especially the top guys, is going to commit on the spot.

Keenan (Atlanta, GA)

DB more likely to commit to OU, Cole Luke or Rashad Robinson?

Jake Trotter
  (4:38 PM)

Probably Luke.

Kevin (Reno, NV)

Which highly regarded lineman will the light finally turn on for, resulting in a huge season for OU, Jamarkus McFarland or RJ Washington?

Jake Trotter
  (4:39 PM)

I lean toward Washington. We kinda know what McFarland is about. He's played the last three seasons. RJ is little more of an unknown because he hasn't had as much playing time. Plus the lightbulb really came on for him last year. He could make another jump this season.

Toby A. (San Antonio TX (I hate it here))

Do you think both running backs Ford and Bryant stay commited to OU, I heard Bryant visited Auburn?

Jake Trotter
  (4:40 PM)

I don't see either decommitting.

Kevin (Reno, NV)

Are the Sooners waisting a visit on Laremy Tunsil? By all accounts, he is a heavy Bama lean, with Georgia in second. I know anything can happen during a visit, but do you really think this kid ends up in Norman?

Jake Trotter
  (4:41 PM)

If you have a chance to host the No. 1 OT in the country, you go for it, regardless of where he's leaning.

Jake Trotter
  (4:41 PM)

Sooners with two on, nobody out in the seventh. Can they finally get a clutch hit?

Derrin (Plano, TX)

Has Tim Kish landed any OU commits since he joined the staff? If so, which ones?

Jake Trotter
  (4:41 PM)

That would be a negative.

Clint (Texas)

This is a follow up from last weeek you said texas normally has their class by now after the last two seasons why would Mack go after the top guys and the rest evaluate into the summer and into their senior season versus having the class locked by the end of junior day or before summer is here?Also how is OU's class looking and what player(s) standout right now?

Jake Trotter
  (4:44 PM)

By locking up your class early, you ensure you get the guys you want. The problem is, you lock up guys before they are even seniors. Sometimes those prospects stall in their development, and sometimes others you didn't rate as high come on strong. It's a catch 22.

Toby A. (San Antonio TX (I hate it here))

Coaches usually start recruiting kids early in high school, do you think Mike and Tim coming to Norman has hurt any recruiting they might have done while in Arizona.

Jake Trotter
  (4:46 PM)

Not sure I understand the question. But Mike and Tim had sterling recruiting reputations in Arizona.

Jake Trotter
  (4:46 PM)

Wow, OU misses on the hit and run, and Jack Mayfield gets thrown out at third.

Jake Trotter
  (4:46 PM)

Could come back to bite OU in this one.

Jake Trotter
  (4:47 PM)

Guys, that's all the time we have for the chat this week. Thanks for all the questions. We'll do it again next Monday, same time, same place. Have fun watching the rest of this game, and the game tomorrow night. Until Monday, have a great week.