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Summer Opponent Preview: Oklahoma Sooners – The Numbers

We take a look at Texas Tech’s 8th opponent, the Oklahoma Sooners.

Quick Facts on Oklahoma

Last Year’s Record: 8-5
Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Coach: Bob Stoops
Returning Offensive Starters: QB Trevor Knight; FB Dimitri Flowers; RB Samaje Perine; WR Sterling Shepard; WR Durron Neal; C Ty Darlington; OG Nila Kasitai
Returning Defensive Starters: DE Charles Tapper; LB Dominique Alexander; LB Jordan Evans; LB Eric Striker; CB Zach Sanchez; FS Ahmad Thomas

Yards

Pass Yds/Gm Rush Yds/Gm Rec Yds/Gm
QB Trevor Knight 230 33.90 0.00
RB Samaje Perine 0.00 131.77 6.20
RB Alex Ross 0.00 45.77 0.00
WR Sterling Shepard 0.00 3.42 80.80
WR Durron Neal 0.00 1.46 39.50

The debate here, of course, is at quarterback and whether or not it will be Knight under center when the season starts. Anyone else surprised that Perine didn’t average 1,000 yards a game? Me too.

Points

Pass Pts/Gm Rush Pts/Gm Rec Pts/Gm
QB Trevor Knight 8.4 3 0
RB Samaje Perine 0 9.69 0
RB Alex Ross 0 1.84 0
WR Sterling Shepard 0 0 2.5
WR Durron Neal 0 0 1.38

I’d expect that these figures will be adjusted significantly when the season starts. Just 5 touchdowns for Shepard and Neal was pretty much an afterthought.

Tackles

Solo Assisted
LB Dominique Alexander 48 59
LB Jordan Evans 56 37
DB Ahmad Thomas 48 26
LB Eric Striker 45 23
DL Charles Tapper 13 24

Lots of talent returning in the back seven and I could have thrown Sanchez in there, but wanted to add a defensive lineman

Havoc

Tackles for Loss Passes Defended Forced Fumbles
LB Dominique Alexander 6 0 1
LB Jordan Evans 6.5 4 2
DB Ahmad Thomas 0.5 3 0
LB Eric Striker 17 5 0
DL Charles Tapper 7.5 3 1

Striker alone is scary and he’s the guy here that makes the most plays. Tapper is really good too. Again, that front four (excluding Striker) will be interesting.

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