Ahead of Oklahoma’s Orange Bowl matchup vs. Alabama, here are five Sooners who exceeded expectations in 2018:
1. Kyler Murray, QB
Murray soared so far above expectations, it’s almost not even worth putting him on this list. The Allen product came to Norman with legendary tales of high school championships, but it had been two years since he played regularly. Murray also had the unfortunate honor of following Baker Mayfield, who may be the best Sooner of all time. And still, Murray has carved a legacy that will be remembered for decades at Oklahoma.
2. Kennedy Brooks, RB
Coming into the season, Oklahoma’s backfield belonged to Rodney Anderson. But after he went down with a knee injury in September, it was up to Brooks and Trey Sermon to carry the load. Despite not expecting to play, Brooks rushed for 1,021 yards and 12 touchdowns in 10 games, averaging a Big 12-best nine yards per carry.
3. Creed Humphrey, C
Humphrey started the year on the bench after losing out to veteran Jonathan Alvarez. By the Texas game, Humphrey had taken over the starting job and never looked back. He went from not playing to looking like a future NFL draft pick in a matter of weeks. His biggest test is yet to come — potential top-five draft pick Quinnen Williams in the Orange Bowl.
4. Tre Brown, CB
Oklahoma’s defense has struggled all year, but Brown made big plays when it mattered most. He batted away a (bad) two-point conversion pass in Bedlam that could have knocked the Sooners out of the playoff conversation. More memorably, he sacked Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger for a safety in the Big 12 title game, which helped clinch a victory for OU. He’s also the best open-field tackler the Sooners have in the secondary.
5. Curtis Bolton, LB
Along with the rest of the OU defense, Bolton had his ups and downs in 2018. But the senior was never supposed to play after former five-star recruit Caleb Kelly was moved to the WILL linebacker position in the spring. Bolton beat Kelly out in camp and has become one of the emotional leaders on OU’s maligned defense. He played his best game of the season against Texas in the Big 12 title game.
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