The Norman Transcript


July 24, 2013

Confidence, without a lot of clarity

DALLAS — There is confidence, and why not?

It’s Oklahoma.

It’s football.

Even a season many believed sub-par — 10 wins, three losses — produced a share of the Big 12 Conference crown last year.

There’s always confidence. Clarity, though, is a different matter.

What’s clear about this Oklahoma team is how little there is to be clear about.

The last time the coaches saw the players in a real way was spring football. Preseason practice hasn’t yet begun. So a few answers are sure to be forthcoming by the time the Sooners open up against Louisiana-Monroe Aug. 31 (only one week before playing host to West Virginia). 

Just don’t expect too many. Learn to enjoy the uncertainty.

The media has OU the conference’s second pick behind Oklahoma State (there’s a sentence you never thought you’d read). 

That’s nothing.

TCU, chosen third, has one more first-place vote (9) than OU (8). Texas, chosen fourth, also has the same number, and six teams received at least one first-place vote.

The Sooners lack clarity. So does the conference. You can take it a bunch of different ways. 

OU is.

“I feel like people are sleeping on us. I feel like people don’t necessarily know what to expect from us because we’re losing so many people,” defensive back Aaron Colvin said. “I can’t blame (them), but at the end of the day, I’m confident in the players that will step up and fill those positions and I know we’ll be competing for another Big 12 championship.”

Fullback Trey Millard believes it’s always uncertain.

“You don’t know who you are until, really, the end of the season,” he said.

Yet, it’s abundantly clear the Sooners will enter this particular season like few others.

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