Oklahoma football – bedlam 2018 impact players from the sooner state – crimson and cream machine

When the Oklahoma Sooners line up against the Oklahoma State Cowboys this Saturday for the 113th edition of the Bedlam Series, a number of native Oklahomans on both sides will play significant roles in deciding the outcome of the game. How guys like Tre Brown and Justice Hill perform will go a long way towards deciding how this one plays out.

Including the aforementioned Brown and Hill, which players from the Sooner State are poised to impact Bedlam on either side in 2018? As Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman writes, these numbers have dwindled over the years. Impact Sooners from Oklahoma

Basquine is a fifth-year senior who will be playing in his final Bedlam game on Saturday. After becoming a reliable downfield target in 2016, he missed all of 2017 with an Achilles injury and missed the spring after tearing the other.

Since he’s returned to the fold, he’s only logged three receptions for 32 yards (and nearly a TD pass on a beautifully-thrown ball), but the Norman North product will hopefully get some cracks during his final opportunity against the Cowboys.

Broiles can trash talk with the best of ‘em, but he’s not all bark. The redshirt freshman began the season penciled in as a starter in the Sooners’ young secondary, but has since been moved around in the rotation. Still, he figures to see the field plenty enough, and Oklahoma will need him to keep from getting beaten over the top by OSU’s Tylan Wallace and others.

Humphrey is basically the epitome of ‘country strong’. Ever since the redshirt freshman arrived in Norman, he’s been regarded as one of the strongest players on the team, period. Now he’s the starting center on arguably the best offensive line in the nation, and he’s only getting better with every rep. If Oklahoma’s running backs have field days against the Cowboys, keep an eye out for big No. 56 paving the way in the highlights.

Lott is a big-bodied, high-upside defensive lineman who flew under the radar for much of his recruiting process before gaining some late attention. Now in his sophomore season at OU, the Ardmore native has seen action in 10 contests dating back to his freshman campaign, but up to this point it’s mostly come in when outcomes were no longer in doubt. Still, as he continues to grow under the tutelage of Calvin Thibodeaux, he should develop into a solid defender in Oklahoma’s rotation.

Meier is the modern day, blue-collar football player who blocks defenders into the ground and enjoys every bit of it. The redshirt senior has done it his entire career, but this season he’s been rewarded with eight receptions for 129 yards and three scores. With so many weapons on the field at Kyler Murray’s fingertips, Meier often flies under the radar and catches defenses off-guard.

Tease began his collegiate career at the University of Central Oklahoma before walking on at Oklahoma. He was placed on scholarship in June and continues to be a model of hard-work and leadership on and off the field. While he may not be the first or second option on most plays, he’s always ready for his opportunity and is usually a good bet to either move the chains or find the end zone.

Levi Draper (Collinsville), Patrick Fields (Tulsa), Jordan Kelley (Tulsa), Connor McGinnis (Oklahoma City), Tramonda Moore (Oklahoma City), Drake Stoops (Norman), Ron Tatum (Oklahoma City), Jon- Michael Terry (Tulsa), Isaiah Thomas (Tulsa), Brey Walker (Moore). Impact Cowboys from Oklahoma

The junior out of Tulsa is a pass rushing nightmare for opposing tackles and quarterbacks. As a team, Oklahoma State leads the nation in sacks, and Brailford’s nine on the season leads the Big 12. Last season against Oklahoma he accounted for three tackles-for-loss, so preventing him from blowing up plays in the Sooners’ backfield this time around will be a definite point of emphasis.

Bundage has elevated his level of play every season since he first suited up for the Cowboys in 2016. What he lacks in size he makes up for with a relentless motor. As you may recall, he was quite disruptive with that speed off the edge in last year’s contest. His sack output hasn’t been what it was in 2017, but he’s still a player that Lincoln Riley’s offense will have to account for.

Evers is a young stalwart on the Cowboys’ D-line who should see his role expand significantly as he matures and receives more reps. He recorded his first career sack last week in Waco, and will look to make his presence felt in the trenches when he takes the field in his first Bedlam contest.

Hill is undoubtedly one of the top offensive skill players in this matchup, regardless of which side. The ultra-talented tailback is second in the Big 12 in rushing and on the verge of his third-straight 1,000 yard season. Last season he ran roughshod all over Oklahoma’s defense to the tune of 228 yards and two touchdowns. If the Sooners are unable to contain No. 5 this time around, brace yourself for another shootout. Fortunately, Oklahoma has done well against high-quality running backs this season, and OSU’s offensive line isn’t exactly dominant.

"I never recognized them, so it didn’t really matter. I really do not care about OU. Even if they would have offered me, it wouldn’t have made a difference." #BeatOSU | #Sooners https://t.co/7KfVYbCC8R— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) November 7, 2018

Martin has played sparingly in 2018 after redshirting last year, but his ceiling is high, especially with Oklahoma State’s history of developing defensive linemen. In high school, he won three state titles as a wrestler, so he understands how to win the leverage battle better than most.

Rodriguez is a converted high school quarterback who began his Cowboy career in 2017. Now a college safety, his role in OSU’s secondary has expanded significantly this season after he won a starting spot in the preseason. In three games this season he’s notched double-digit tackles, and his most challenging test of the season comes this weekend. Kyler Murray leads the nation in yards per attempt, so that’s something Rodriguez and company have to prepare for.

He was a safety in high school, but was recruited to Oklahoma State as a WR. Stoner hasn’t been quite the touchdown machine he was last season without Mason Rudolph passing to him, but he still poses a threat for unprepared defenses. He plays bigger than his actual size and is an exceptionally smooth route runner. He won’t often burn teams with his speed, but he’s a consistent playmaker.