Sooners counting on newcomers to fill void at receiver

After a lackluster 10-3 campaign, the Oklahoma Sooners expect to live up to, if not surpass their number four preseason ranking. But that won't be easy with so many unknowns on the offensive side of the ball.

"I expect us to be a great offense, says senior Landry Jones. "If you're not going into the year expecting yourself to be a great offense, than what are you really doing. So I expect us to be great, and I expect us to run the ball and throw it around a little bit."

Oklahoma's glaring weakness is in the receiving corps, which never looked the same after losing Ryan Broyles late in 2011 due to a season ending acl injury.

"I feel like our receivers have really come along," says coach Bob Stoops. "With the addition with Kenny Stills being back, the addition of Justin Brown from Penn state has really helped that group."

The crimson and cream's offensive line was expected to be the strength of the offense, but it's falling apart quickly after two starters went down with season-ending injuries.

"We take a lot of pride in, one guy goes down, you slide another guy in, junior Gabe Ikard said. "That's no disrespect to Tyler and Ben. We feel we have that depth in the interior line. Really excited to see how they produce on game day. They've been practicing really well, scrimmaged well throughout the summer so it's going to be good."

That wont make it any easier for running back Dominique Whaley, who is looking to bounce back after a season-ending ankle injury from 2011.

"Dom and the good lord may be the only ones that know whether he's 100 percent or not, but he sure looks it to me in all the sessions we've seen him in," said Stoops. "I expect us better in the running game, and hopefully that will be the case."

Some of those question marks could be answered Saturday when OU opens the season in El Paso, Texas against UTEP.