NORMAN- Ahead of Saturday’s season opener, the Oklahoma Sooners have released their first depth chart.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler had already been named the replacement to Jalen Hurts, but the rest of the starting lineup was a question mark.
T.J. Pledger appears primed for a breakout season. The junior will start the season as the first choice running back after Trey Sermon’s transfer to Ohio State and Kennedy Brooks’ decision to opt-out of the 2020 football season.
Brooks and Sermon combined to rush for 1,396 yards last year and 10 touchdowns. To this date in his entire Oklahoma career, Pledger has racked up just 40 carries for 244 yards and a single touchdown.
Replacing CeeDee Lamb could also take a village this season for Oklahoma. Charleston Rambo was given the nod, but Theo Wease, Theo Howard and Trejan Bridges were all listed to line up across from Rambo.
Rambo hauled in 43 passes for 743 yards and five touchdowns last season.
Austin Stogner, Brayden Willis and Jeremiah Hall were also listed together at the h-back position.
On the other side of the football, junior college transfer Perrion Winfrey will replace Neville Gallimore as the starting nose guard. The 6-foot-3, 297 pound junior is expected to make an instant impact at the heart of the Sooner defense, leading a unit missing Jalen Redmond for the season and potentially without Ronnie Perkins to start the year.
Replacing Parnell Motley, the Oklahoma secondary is full of familiar faces. Tre Brown, Jaden Davis, Delarrin Turner-Yell and Pat Fields will start for Alex Grinch to kick off his second season as the defensive coordinator.
Junior Brendan Radley-Hiles will also retain his starting job after an up-and-down sophomore campaign. Radley-Hiles had played well and made the nickel back job his own last season before getting himself ejected in the Peach Bowl for an illegal hit on LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
The biggest shock on the initial depth chart comes at the left tackle position.
True freshman Anton Harrison will start after getting rave reviews in fall camp. Erik Swenson was listed as the reserve right tackle after starting a majority of last season on the left side of the offensive line.
Harrison marks the only new starter on the offensive line, as the Sooners return the other four anchors of last year’s line.
Oklahoma opens the season this Saturday against the Missouri State Bears.
Kick-off is slated for 6 p.m. The game will available as a pay-per-view broadcast, or fans can listen to the action on 107.7 The Franchise.