The Oklahoma Sooners will play their annual spring game this Saturday, April 23, and if you’re wondering how you can watch the action live, you’ve come to the right place.
It’s the dawn of a new era for the Oklahoma Sooners. Although Brent Venables and his coaching staff have been in town for four months now, the Sooners’ spring game marks a watershed moment to kick off the Venables era. This is the first opportunity for coaches and fans to see the team play in a game-like situation.
“We are going to split the team. I will have a Red and White team. Dillon (Gabriel) will play a bit of a quarterback role for both teams, but otherwise we’re going to split it evenly,” Venables shared with the media on Tuesday. “The coaches too. We will name the head coaches here on another day as well. We’ll let the players know by Thursday who’s on which team and then we’ll have everything set up on different sidelines.
With 12 players declared for the NFL Draft next week and a number who left through the transfer portal, the Sooners have quite a few snaps up for grabs come late spring. Saturday’s game will prove to be a great opportunity for someone to assert themselves in their positional battles ahead of the 2022 college football season.
Here’s when you should log in to view the game:
Date: April 23
Time: 3pm CT
Direct: SoonerSports.com (subscription required)
Listen: Streaming on The Varsity Network app
Ticket information can be found at SoonerSports.com
The replay of the event will air on Bally Sports Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. CT and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. CT.
Oklahoma injury report:
No injuries were revealed.
Players to watch:
At quarterback, Dillon Gabriel is expected to play for the red and white teams in the spring game. Sooners fans will have their first chance to see much-loved freshman Nick Evers. Evers is the favorite to win the quarterback job.
In the passing game, Oklahoma is looking to replace four of its top five passers of 2021, but the return of Theo Wease, who missed most of 2021, bodes well for this team.
The running back has a lot of talent led by Eric Gray. Marcus Major is bouncing back from a 2021 season marred by academic ineligibility. Jovantae Barnes turned heads in camp for his progress during his first half with the Sooners.
The offensive line fires three of its five starters and picked up a huge addition through McKade Mettauer’s gate. How this unit improves from last season and gels for 2022 are huge storylines to watch in spring play and this summer.
On defense, how they replace the production of defensive linemen who left for the NFL Draft is the biggest question Oklahoma faces. Ethan Downs, Reggie Grimes, Marcus Stripling and Jonah La’ulu feature to make up the defensive rotation while newcomers Jeffery Johnson and Jalen Redmond appear to be the starters along the inside defensive line.
Linebacker appears to be the deepest position group on the roster led by DaShaun White and David Ugwoegbu. Shane Whitter and Danny Stutsman will play significant roles and newcomers Kobie McKinzie, Jaren Kanak and Kip Lewis could be considered for the rotation in 2022.
In high school, the Sooners must replace Delarrin Turner-Yell and Pat Fields, two players with a ton of experience. They have potential answers in Key Lawrence, Justin Broiles and Billy Bowman, but who starts for the Sooners at safety remains to be seen.
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