Oklahoma Football: What's next for the Sooners?

Three things to watch for Saturday vs. West Virginia

9/6/13 in NCAAF   |   andrewgilman   |   20 respect

Aug 31, 2013; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) runs the ball against the UL Monroe Warhawks during the second half at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY SportsThe Oklahoma football team, by most accounts, was a pleasant surprise last week against ULM in a 34-0 victory.
 
The Sooners are ranked No. 16 in the country but most figured there were more questions than answers about the 2013 team.
 
The first real test comes Saturday in Norman, Okla., when OU opens Big 12 Conference play against West Virginia.
 
With that in mind, here are a few more questions that need answers
 
1. Will we see Trevor Knight throw more or less?
Well, a case could be made that the Sooners need Knight to do both. He was 11-of-28 passing last week, with a number of passes well off the mark and with poor touch. That kind of production definitely needs massaging. Sooner coach Bob Stoops said Knight will certainly get better throwing the ball and a lot of his issues from last Saturday against ULM were due to nerves. That in mind, expect Knight to throw more.
 
Then again, Knight could throw less. He ran for 103 yards and displayed a style Oklahoma fans are not used to. He's fast, agile, has a number of moves and looks great out of the Pistol formation. Expect Knight to run more and give West Virginia one more dynamic to deal with.
 
2. How good is the defensive line?
Coming into the game against ULM, the defensive line was the biggest question of all the units, however after the 34-0 win when ULM had no runner go for more than nine yards, the defensive line looked a lot better than most expected.
 
Charles Tapper and Jordan Phillips were bright spots and with Chuka Ndulue back from a one-game suspension, the line should definitely be improved.
 
But let's not get too worked up. Not yet, anyway. It was one game, even Stoops pumped the breaks a bit on Monday saying the same thing. West Virginia isn't great, but they're certainly going to be more diverse than ULM. If the Sooners can be successful against the Mountaineers, the praise will be easier to accept.
 
3. Will Trey Millard ever become a ball carrier?
We're now into our third year of hearing coaches tell us Millard is one of the best athletes on the team, yet after another game where he barely got involved. Millard had one carry for four yards and just two catches for 11 yards. No big deal for a fullback, but surprising, considering coaches continually talk him up.
 
But here's the thing: Coaches like him better as a blocker than as a ball carrier. When you give Millard the ball, it takes your best blocker off the field, Stoops said. True, true. We get that, but Millard is a hybrid athlete who looks sensational when he's out in the open.
 
Now we get to figure out whether that will ever happen.
 
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