Before the Sooners' 31-14 win over Iowa in the Insight Bowl, Jake Trotter and Brandon Chatmon analyzed each Oklahoma position group. Now, the SoonerNation staff is giving each position a grade for its performance in 2011.
Josh Heupel’s first season as coordinator came with mixed results. The Sooners finished 10th nationally in scoring despite playing without Ryan Broyles the last four games, but the pass-minded game plan for Oklahoma State might have been one of OU’s worst in awhile. Still, until it lost Broyles the offense didn’t miss much of a step from last season, and the Belldozer package was also incredibly productive.
- Jake Trotter
Josh Heupel’s first season calling plays was a successful one as the Sooners finished fifth nationally in total offense (512.3 yards per game). But the Sooners ranked No. 54 nationally in third down conversion percentage (41.4 percent) and really struggled in the three games after Broyles was injured. The lack of ball security (29 turnovers resulting in a minus-0.15 turnover margin) was another major concern.
- Brandon Chatmon
For the most part, the offense was pretty productive, but it didn’t have the feel of a memorable offense. It wasn’t flashy or explosive. And after Broyles went down, it was an absolute struggle to get anything done. I don’t know if any OU fan would ever watch the 44-10 Bedlam loss again -- it was such a confusing night in terms of the game plan. Jay Norvell is doing the job on the recruiting trail, while I think 2012 is going to be a good year for Cale Gundy and the running backs.
- Bob Przybylo
Because of the Sooners' offensive woes to close the season, most forget how good a job Heupel and Norvell did with the OU offense before Broyles went down with an injury. Even after the star receiver's injury, Landry Jones and the Sooners put up 605 yards and 38 points in the loss to Baylor. James Patton and Bruce Kittle's offensive line was solid, however there were internal problems on the offensive side of the ball. Jaz Reynolds and Trey Franks were both suspended, and OU had three running backs transfer.
- Dane Beavers
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