Chat Leftovers: Diversifying the OU offense

SoonerNation writer Jake Trotter chatted with readers Monday. Here's the full transcript. If you didn't get your question answered, send it to Jake's mailbag to be published on Friday.

Here are a few highlights from his chat:

Tony (Richmond, CA): Will [offensive coordinators Josh] Heupel and [Jay] Norvell be able to diversify the offense next season so that it's not so dependent on a single player (Broyles) like it was in 2011?

Jake Trotter: The offseason should give them enough time to retool. It was clear the offense never could regain any footing without Ryan Broyles in the lineup. The same thing happened in '09 when Sam Bradford and Jermaine Gresham were lost. That offense didn't have any time to regroup and struggled until the final two games of the season.

Bobby Dill (Bixby, OK): What is the progression of our young DTs? I feel this is the major defensive weakness that exposes our secondary.

Jake Trotter: That will be something to watch in the spring. Jordan Wade is enrolling in Jan., and Jordan Phillips redshirted after enrolling late because of academic issues. The staff must feel good about those two, along with Marquis Anderson, because they are not recruiting any DTs for this class.

Robert (Tahlequah): Where will [Aaron] Colvin and [Gabe] Lynn end up in the secondary next season? Who do you see as our starters in the secondary?

Jake Trotter: My prediction is that [Tony] Jefferson and Colvin start at back safety, and [Kass] Everett and [Demontre] Hurst at corner, with either [Corey] Nelson or [Joe] Ibiloye at NB. But there are several scenarios that could end up happening, much of which depends on Javon Harris and Gabe Lynn. If they bounce back, Jefferson could move back to nickelback.