Prospect Preview: Oklahoma v. Houston

Can Houston QB Greg Ward upset the Sooners?

Can Houston QB Greg Ward upset the Sooners?

One of the best games of this weekend will also be one of the first games played as Oklahoma takes on Houston in what should be an absolute shootout. Looking at this match-up most people would assume that Oklahoma should easily beat the Cougars, but this is a Houston team that many consider to be a sleeper for the CFB Playoff and whose offensive is as explosive as any in the country.

Here are the players to watch in this one:

2017 Prospects:
WR Dede Westbrook
WR Geno Lewis
WR Jarvis Baxter
TE Connor Knight
OC Erick Wren
DE Matt Dimon
DE Austin Roberts
DT Jordan Wade
ILB Jordan Evans
CB Dakota Austin
FS Ahmad Thomas

2018 Prospects:
QB Baker Mayfield
RB Samaje Perine
FB Dimitri Flowers
WR Jordan Smallwood
WR Jeffery Mead
OC Jonathan Alvarez
DE D.J. Ward
DT Charles Walker
DT Matt Romar
OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
OLB Ruben Hunter
CB Jordan Thomas
CB Michiah Quick
CB Will Johnson
SS Steven Parker

2017 Prospects:
QB Greg Ward Jr.
FB Tyler McCloskey
WR Chance Allen
OC Mac Long
DE Cameron Malveaux
DT B.J. Singleton
OLB Steven Taylor
OLB Tyus Bowser
CB Brandon Wilson
K Ty Cummings

2018 Prospects:
WR Steven Dunbar
WR Linell Bonner
OT Na’Ty Rodgers
OG Alex Fontana
OG Marcus Oliver
DT Nick Thurman
OLB Nomluis Fruge
ILB Matthew Adams
ILB D’Juan Hines
CB Howard Wilson
FS Khalil Williams
SS Terrell Williams

Key Matchup: Oklahoma Defense v. Houston QB Greg Ward Jr.
Greg Ward Jr. is considered to be a sleeper candidate for this year’s Heisman Trophy. Last year Ward threw for over 2,800 yards and rushed for another 1,100. He is the kind of dual threat QB who gives defensive coordinators nightmares. The key for Oklahoma will be to contain Ward and make him throw from the pocket. Oklahoma’s defensive line of Charles Walker, Matthew Romar, and Matt Dimon will need to maintain their gap integrity and try to contain Ward as much as possible. Also look for Oklahoma to try and spy Ward with LB Jordan Evans who is one of the Sooners top returning defensive players.

Best Prospect: Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine
Perine is one of the most entertaining prospects to watch in college football. His ability to break tackles, make people miss, and pull away in the open field are all truly special traits. He’s often overshadowed in the 2018 class by top RB’s like Fournette and Chubb, but Perine is just as special a prospect. Houston’s defense is going to have a large test in trying to stop Perine while also replacing three of their four top tacklers from last year. Look for Perine to be a big part of the Sooners offensive plan early and often on Saturday.

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