oklahomaFans were overjoyed when Brent Venables was named head coach.

Sooners fans kept tabs on the former Oklahoma defensive coordinator for years when he held the same position Clemson and helped the Tigers win two national titles. so when lincoln riley suddenly moved Southern California After the 2021 regular season, Venables was the popular choice to step down.

The honeymoon ended as the Sooners struggled to 6–7 last year, including a 35–32 loss Florida State In Cheez-It Bowl.

Expectations have dimmed a bit for Oklahoma in its final season in the Big 12 before moving to the Southeastern Conference. The 20th-ranked Sooners were voted third in the 14-team conference’s preseason poll – the fourth time in the past 13 years that they were not picked to win the league.

Venables said the Sooners fell far short of expectations last season – they had four three-point losses. lost to Kansas State by eight points — but evolved as a team. He believes that his first season was about laying the groundwork, and he hopes for better results this time around.

“We’re still under construction,” he said. “I’ll be honest, as long as I coach at Oklahoma, we will always be under construction and it will never be good enough. And there are always ways to improve and get better.”

Venables Has A Strong Building Block At Quarterback dillon gabriel, He was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after passing for 3,168 yards and 25 touchdowns last season. He has passed for over 11,000 yards in his career.

Offensive coordinator Jeff Labey said, “This is a guy who, if he can stay healthy, I think he’ll end up as a top 10 passer in the history of college football.” “It’s something that matters. He’s going to have a lot of production.”

Gabriel has some concrete goals.

Jalil Farooq Now she is expected to play a bigger role marvin mims Gone to the NFL. Faarooq is the team’s returning leader with 466 yards and five touchdowns last season.

drake stoops is back for its sixth year. The son of former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has 914 career yards. Gavin FreemanA second-year walk-on, he was electrifying when given the opportunity.

Oklahoma coach Brent Venables, WR Drake Stoops, and QB Dillon Gabriel

Fox Sports’ RJ Young sat down with Oklahoma Sooners Coach Brent Venables, WR Drake Stoops and QB Dillon Gabriel at Big 12 Media Days!

Austin Stognera senior tight end who left and played last season South Carolina, Return. He had 106 receptions at Oklahoma, then caught 20 passes for the Gamecocks.

Defense needs a lot of improvement. Coordinator Ted Roof said another year in the system and better depth will help a team that is ranked 99th out of 131 schools in scoring defense and 122nd overall.

“I’m very tough on defense and they deserve it,” Venables said. “We haven’t been great for a while. But guys are improving. That’s incredibly important.”

Oklahoma opens at home Arkansas State On 2 September. annual rivalry game against Texas The final will be held at the Cotton Bowl on October 7. Oklahoma State There will be a road game on November 4 before the conference change. Oklahoma does not play the defending league champion. Kansas State this year.

Reporting by The Associated Press.


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