June 21, 2007

Summers hottest Sooners

The Oklahoma Sooners are getting into full swing as today is the first official day of summer. And it's time to take stock of the hottest players in the Sooner program.

SoonerScoop.com Editor Carey Murdock gives part one of his Summer Hot List countdown based on several factors. He took the season-ending performances, coupled with spring performances, and overall work ethic into account before coming up with his version of the hot list.

This list gives our prediction on which players are most likely to make the biggest impact next season as summer heads into full swing. We'll count down from No. 12 to No. 7 before bringing you the final six players on Friday.

Some of these names may surprise you, but it all makes sense when you read the reasons why each of these players deserve special recognition.

12. Alonzo Dotson - Dotson was definitely the best defensive end on the roster outside of C.J. Ah You at the end of the 2006 season. In games against Missouri and Oklahoma State, Dotson came up with big plays at crucial times.

In the Missouri game, Dotson made big plays during a crucial goal line stand. Against Oklahoma State, he bottled up Bobby Reid on the edge and wouldn't let him escape his grasp late in the game.

The Sooners are young and inexperienced at defensive end, but Dotson gives them a potential playmaker on one side of the field until John Williams or Auston English can get settled on the other side.

11. Trent Williams - Williams is one of the hottest players on the Sooners roster after a great true freshman season and a very good spring. The strange thing about Williams being on this list is that he probably won't begin the season as a starter.

Branndon Braxton and Phil Loadholt are likely starters at the offensive tackle positions, but Williams is so good James Patton will look at Williams as a guard this fall. He could make Oklahoma even better on the offensive line. That scenario will play itself out when two-a-days begin.

It's possible that Brandon Walker and Brian Simmons are still better guards than Williams.

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