There's high optimism surrounding the Oklahoma Football program after such a successful 2013 season. That was evident as the Sooners held their annual media day in preparation for the 2014 campaign.
The Sooners feel they have a chance to have a special defense, a special quarterback as well as a chance to contend for the Big 12 title.
While all of that garners higher expectations on the field, there are some questions that cloud around the team off the field.
The Sooners have eligibility issues surrounding Frank Shannon, Dorial Green-Beckham, Baker Mayfield and Joe Mixon. However, the Sooners have been able to move past the distractions and focus on their on field product.
For the first time since his switch to tight end, we had the opportunity to speak to Blake Bell. Bell seems thrilled with his new position and thinks he can have a huge impact on offense this year.
Former Heritage Hall great Sterling Shepard is currently the elder statesman on the receiving core and expects to see a big season out of wide receiver Durron Neal in 2014. Corner Zack Sanchez added that Neal is "Hungry" and knows this is his season to break out.
Mike Stoops' defense continues to gain attention for all the right reasons, but that's what concerns him the most. Stoops says he's hoping to guard against his team becoming complacent and satisfied before they play a game. He added that's when you get "slapped."
Oklahoma gained a #3 national ranking in the Amway Coaches Poll to begin the season, but the expectations don't surprise the Sooners. Trevor Knight maintains that's why you come to a big program like OU, to be expected to compete for championships.
The Sooners will open their practice Tuesday, August 5th, for the media to attend to get their first look at the 2014 squad.