October 3, 2007

Tough to pick eleven from shocking loss

It's tough to pick out eleven players from such a half-hearted performance but the Sooner Hot 11 must go on and SoonerScoop.com did it's best to put together a list of the Sooners who made positive contributions to Oklahoma's shocking 27-24 loss to Colorado on Saturday. With all that considered, one defender and one offensive star definitely deserved to be on the list but it's understandable that much of the rest of the list will be under serious contention.

11. Joe Jon Finley, Tight End - Stats: One catch for 43 yards
Analysis: Putting a player who could have potentially put the game out of reach for the Buffaloes on this list wasn't an easy choice. Then again aside from two or three players it was hard to come up with anyone who truly earned their way onto this list. While Finley did drop a crucial third down pass on Oklahoma's last offensive possession, he also had the Sooners longest play from scrimmage on a 43 yard pass from Sam Bradford. Finley, as usual, was solid in his run blocking but the senior still needs to do more to help a young quarterback.Last Week: Unranked

10. Michael Cohen, Punter - Stats: Seven punts (43.7 yards per punt), long of 59 yards, and one punt inside the 20, one tackle
Analysis: There weren't many players to chose from but Cohen at least forced the Buffaloes to make the field goal that would eventually win the game. He also punted the ball well and pinned the Buffs inside their own 20 on one occasion. Now of course this must be somewhat attributed to the mile high altitude but that doesn't change that his punting was good and he did a nice job of directionally kicking away from Colorado's return men but in the end he outkicked his own coverage and opened things up for Colorado, but again, he made the tackle.Last Week: Unranked

9. Reggie Smith, Cornerback - Stats: 13 tackles (12 solo), two tackles for loss (nine yards), one pass break-up
Analysis: Smith had a tough fumble late in the game and wasn't at his best in pass coverage but he did help out a lot in run support and even logged a sack. Smith logged a career high in tackles but that will leave many wondering just how bad his coverage actually was, were the tackles nothing more than cleaning up after making space for a pass to be completed? However, in each game Smith does a ton for the Sooners on defense and special teams, as such he had to be part of a list so light on real difference makers. Last Week: Unranked

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