When you have a below .500 season, there’s going to typically be quite a bit of turnover the following season.
That’s exactly what people should expect for the 2023 season in Norman, Oklahoma.
There are going to be several positions with new starters, some familiar faces and some unfamiliar faces the fan base should get to know.
The defensive line might be the position that sees the most turnover. The position that could have a star step into a starting role is most likely in the secondary.
It might not be who you think, either.
The offense also is bringing in some new starters this season after leading receiver Marvin Mims ,
and starting tight end Brayden Willis were selected in the 2023 NFL draft.
Here are five players I expect to start this season for the Sooners that didn’t a year ago.
Jovantae Barnes, RB Jovantae Barnes had a great many carries as a true freshman, but he wasn’t the starter. Eric Gray led the way.
Austin Stogner, TE Up next is a familiar face to Sooner fans, who is returning to the program.
Austin Stogner looks to take the starting position at tight end after Willis had a career year in 2022.
Rondell Bothroyd, DE Now we head to the defensive side of the ball. Rondell Bothroyd figures to become one of the starting defensive ends for the Sooners.