Oklahoma Football: OU No. 1 in Athlon Sports transfer portal rankings – Sooners Wire

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The discussions of Oklahoma’s impending demise have been vastly overstated. The Sooners won’t have to have any discussions about being back or on the way back. Because they will have never left.
While things were a bit in question during the coaching change, the Oklahoma Sooners have settled in nicely with a renewed energy and optimism about the future of the program. Yes, Lincoln Riley helped the Sooners win six Big 12 championships as both an offensive coordinator and head coach; however, doubt was beginning to creep in with two-loss seasons each of the last two years.
The Oklahoma Sooners still have questions to answer as they head into their first spring under Brent Venables. The questions that are facing Venables would have been the same questions facing Riley had he stayed. Namely, how does Oklahoma replace 12 starters from last year’s team.
Venables and offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby found several answers in the transfer portal in Dillon Gabriel, McKade Mettauer, and Jeffery Johnson. Though Mettauer and Johnson will have to earn their roles, they’re well-positioned to start for the Oklahoma Sooners. Jonah Laulu and Trey Morrison look to be in line for serious playing time as well.
Just like it was during the Lincoln Riley era, Brent Venables made use of the transfer portal and found several players that will have a big impact on the Oklahoma Sooners in 2022.
Steve Lassan of Athlon Sports ranked each of the transfer classes in the Big 12 and the Oklahoma Sooners came out on top. While Oklahoma experienced a ton of losses on both sides of the ball, they’ve done a nice job addressing those issues in the transfer portal.
Let’s take a look at the rankings.
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Nov 20, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell reacts during the second half against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
 
Sep 25, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown calls a timeout during the second quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Texas Tech wide receiver Kaylon Geiger (10) makes a catch ahead of Oklahoma defensive back Key Lawrence (12) during the first half an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
WACO, TX – NOVEMBER 13: Head coach Dave Aranda of the Baylor Bears watches his team play against the Oklahoma Sooners in the second half at McLane Stadium on November 13, 2021 in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 27-14. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TEXAS – OCTOBER 09: Running back Zach Evans #6 of the TCU Horned Frogs runs the ball during the first half of the college football game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)
Sep 18, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Adrian Martinez (2) runs past Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Brian Asamoah (24) during the third quarter at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
LAWRENCE, KS – OCTOBER 23: Head coach Lance Leipold of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts to an instant replay call that went in favor of the Oklahoma Sooners in the fourth quarter at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
Oct 30, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian watches his team compete against Baylor Bears in the first half of an NCAA football game at McLane Stadium. Stephen Spillman-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2021; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma President Joseph Harroz Jr., new head football coach Brent Venables, and athletic director Joe Castiglione pose for a photo after landing. Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
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