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September 27, 2012

Moving forward, finding offensive identity must be Sooners’ top priority



The mistakes were a fumble by Jones that gave Kansas State a touchdown and a fumble by backup quarterback Blake Bell at the Kansas State 2-yard line that ended a potential touchdown drive.

One of the reasons OU was in position to punch the ball in the end zone when Bell fumbled was because it picked up the speed of the offense during the drive. The Sooners have seemed to been their most effective when playing at a fast tempo. But a team that is only rotating two offensive linemen and about five receivers — with four of them in their first season with the program — can only go so fast.

“Depth and your youth play into it,” Heupel said. “When you play efficiently, good things happen. You try to put your kids in positions to play efficient. Sometimes you put them in tempo situations and other times you keep them out of it.”

Zeroing in on what works and what doesn’t is the must-accomplish task this week. The Sooners don’t play again until Oct. 6 at Texas Tech. Between now and then, some of the questions have to be answered. The Sooners have to claim some sort of identity and build on it.

It might mean playing faster and firing the ball all over the field. It might mean lining up in the I-formation and handing the ball to running backs Dominique Whaley and Damien Williams 40 times a game. The Sooners have shown the ability to do both, but they haven’t shown the capability of building the offense around either.

“You’re always tweaking things and trying to play to your personnel,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “… We’ve got quite a few new pieces that we’re working with. All the new receivers, new tight ends. That needs to continue to develop. And then as they develop, who are our better ones and how do we play to their strengths? How do we stay away from their weaknesses? You’re always looking at that.”

After three games, the Sooners still haven’t found what they’re looking for.

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