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Putting a bow on Oklahoma’s 2017 season…and looking ahead to 2018

Oklahoma defensive back Steven Parker (10) celebrates after their Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game win against TCU on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Putting a bow on Oklahoma’s 2017 season…and looking ahead to 2018

As Sony Michel ran through an open hole to his left in the “Wild Dawg” package, Oklahoma fans soon forgot how they got there, and only hung their hat on the present moment. The 2017 team is one that will be attached to Oklahoma football for decades to come. They added more hardware, historic numbers, and a chance to put National Championship No. 8 into the record books. Baker Mayfield became a college football celebrity while planting a flag, telling someone who their daddy is, and infamously grabbing his private area. He then led Oklahoma to a third straight Big 12 title, won himself a Heisman, and was, hypothetically, one squib kick away from a chance at dethroning the SEC.

The season didn’t end at the pinnacle of college football like everyone associated with the University of Oklahoma and their fanbase thought it would, but it’s time to reflect on what was the 2017 Oklahoma Football team:


Sep. 02–UTEP–56-7–W
Sep. 09–No. 2 Ohio State–31-16–W
Sep. 16–Tulane–56-14–W
Sep. 23–Baylor–49-41–W
Oct. 07–Iowa State–38-31–L
Oct. 14–Texas–29-24–W
Oct. 21–Kansas State–42-35–W
Oct. 28–Texas Tech–49-27–W
Nov. 04–No. 11 Oklahoma State–62-52–W
Nov. 11–No. 6 TCU–38-20–W
Nov. 18–Kansas–41-3–W
Nov. 25–West Virginia–59-31–W
Dec. 02–No. 11 TCU–41-17–W
Jan. 01, 2018–No. 3 Georgia–54-48–L



Total Offense–579.6ypg–No. 1
Passing Offense–361.8ypg–No. 3
Rushing Offense-217.8ypg–No. 27
Scoring Offense-45.1ppg–No. 3
Points Per Play–0.629–No. 2
S&P+ Offense–47.2–No. 1

Total Defense–394.9ypg–No. 67
Passing Defense–238.4ypg–No. 87
Rushing Defense–156.5ypg–No. 54
Scoring Defense–27.1ppg–No. 68
Turnover Margin–+5–No. 35
Interceptions–8–No. 89
Sacks–1.8ppg–No. 82
Points Per Play Allowed–0.391–No. 67
S&P+ Defense–32.2–No. 101


Baker Mayfield

4,627 passing yards–311 rushing yards–two receiving yards
43 passing touchdowns–five rushing touchdowns–one receiving touchdown
2017 Heisman Trophy–2017 Maxwell Award–2017 Davey O’Brien Award–2017 Walter Camp Player of the Year–2017 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year

Rodney Anderson

1,161 rushing yards–281 receiving yards
13 rushing touchdowns–five receiving touchdowns

Trey Sermon

744 rushing yards–139 receiving yards
five rushing touchdowns–two receiving touchdowns

Abdul Adams

542 rushing yards–80 receiving yards
one touchdown–one touchdown

Mark Andrews

958 receiving yards–eight receiving touchdowns
2017 John Mackey Award

Marquise Brown

1,095 receiving yards–seven touchdowns

CeeDee Lamb

807 receiving yards–seven touchdowns

Dimitri Flowers

464 receiving yards–five touchdowns (four rushing touchdowns)

Jeff Badet

400 receiving yards–three touchdowns

Mykel Jones

310 receiving yards–one touchdown

Grant Calcaterra

162 receiving yards-three touchdowns

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

17.5 tackles for loss–eight sacks

Parnell Motley

two interceptions

Austin Seibert

17-21 field goals


Jeff Badet–WR
Emmanuel Beal–OLB
Dimitri Flowers–FB
Wesley Horky–LS
Will Johnson–S
Baker Mayfield–QB
Jeffery Mead–WR
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo–OLB/DE
Steven Parker–S
Matt Romar–DT
Jordan Smallwood–WR
Jordan Thomas–CB
DJ Ward–DE
Erick Wren–C

Declared For 2018 NFL Draft

Mark Andrews–RS Junior–TE
Orlando Brown–RS Junior–OT
Du’Vonta Lampkin–RS Sophomore–DT

Rodney Anderson is also draft eligible, but he has not made a decision yet

The 2017 season is going to live in the minds of many for more than just eight days, but here is what to expect in 2018 as we head into the offseason:


Sep. 01–Florida Atlantic–Norman
Sep. 08–UCLA–Norman
Sep. 15–Iowa State–Ames, Iowa
Sep. 22–Army–Norman
Sep. 29–Baylor–Norman
Oct. 6–Texas–Dallas, Texas
Oct. 20–TCU–Fort Worth, Texas
Oct. 27–Kansas State–Norman
Nov. 3–Texas Tech–Lubbock, Texas
Nov. 10–Oklahoma State–Norman
Nov. 17–Kansas–Norman
Friday, Nov. 23–West Virginia–Morgantown, West Virginia

Returning Starters

Rodney Anderson–RB
Ben Powers–LG
Dru Samia–RG
Bobby Evans–RT
CeeDee Lamb–WR
Marquise Brown–WR
Mykel Jones–WR
Amani Bledsoe–DE/DT
Marquise Overton–DT
Caleb Kelly–LB
Kenneth Murray–LB
Tre Norwood–CB
Parnell Motley–CB
Austin Seibert–K/P

Empty Positions

Left Tackle
Tight End
JACK Linebacker
WILL Linebacker
Free Safety
Strong Safety


per 247 composite rankings

Brey Walker–4*–OT–Top 100
Brendan Radley-Hiles–4*–DB–Top 100 (5* recruit per Rivals)
TJ Pledger–4*–RB–Top 100
Ronnie Perkins–4*–DE–Top 100
Ron Tatum–4*–DE–Top 250
Jalen Redmond–4*–OLB/DE–Top 250
Jaquayln Crawford–4*–WR–Top 250
Nik Bonitto–4*–OLB–Top 250
Darrell Simpson–4*–OT–Top 250
DaShaun White–4*–LB–Top 250
Tramonda Moore–4*–OT–No. 1 JUCO OT
Tanner Mordecai–4*–QB
Kundarrius Taylor–3*–WR
Tavion Thomas–3*–RB
Jaylon Robinson–3*–WR
Miguel Edwards–3*–DB
Jordan Kelley–3*–DT
Brian Asamoah–3*–OLB
Starrland Baldwin–3*–CB
Patrick Fields–3*–S
Delarrin Turner-Yell–3*–S
Treveon Johnson–3*–WR
Jordon Austin–3*–DB


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