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April 15, 2013

Sooners have plenty of work to do after spring game litmus test

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NORMAN —

The Sooners have some bona fide playmakers at their disposal. Wide receiver Jalen Saunders, running backs Damien Williams and Brennan Clay and fullback Trey Millard — in many capacities — have shown they can play winning football.

Nevertheless, more have to be developed. The offensive line needs to get healthy and continue to develop. Receivers Sterling Shepard, Durron Neal, Lacoltan Bester and Trey Metoyer have all shown big-play potential, but that potential must be defined.

On the other side of the ball, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said the Sooners are still searching for the talent they need to play at a national championship level.

The quarterback who does the most to raise the level of those around him is going to be the starter in 2013. Bell looked the guy Saturday, but there’s still several months of work to put on the final résumé .

“We have an idea of what we can and can’t do. That’s not a final grade on any one of those guys,” offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “We’ll look and see what happens in June, July and then early in fall camp. Whoever we feel has earned the right to play and play at a high level will be the guys that we play with.”

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops likened his situation to that of a talent scout. He’s still waiting for some younger players to wow him.

“We have a ways to go,” he said. “We’re not a real deep team, we’re trying to develop some depth and some quality depth will be key for us as we move into the fall and how much we lean on some of these younger players. I think they’re going to have to come in and help us at some positions.”

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