With the Oklahoma Sooners taking part in Big 12 Media Day Monday, football season has officially began. With it came many questions for the Sooners head coach and the few players who made the trip south to Frisco.
One of the most common questions Riley was asked throughout the day had to do with his team’s leadership, and who will take the torch left vacant by the likes of Baker Mayfield and Mark Andrews.
“I think it’s probably the No. 1 X factor for our team heading into this year,” Riley said when asked where his team’s leadership will come from. “I feel like we’re going to be talented. We’re going to be inexperienced in some spots but I can’t do anything about that until we start playing. The leadership is going to be big. We got some young leaders that have the ability to be great leaders… They can’t wait until some of them are seniors or juniors to be great leaders, they’re going to have to do it at a young age.”
The lack of proven leadership on the field hasn’t dampened the Sooners’ expectations for this season, however.
“I think we’re definitely close (to winning a national championship),” Riley said. ” We’ve been in two playoffs the past three years, won the last three big 12 championships. You keep putting yourself there then you’re doing something right.”