5 Oklahoma football players to watch on Saturday
Iowa State quarterback Rocco Becht shined in his first Big 12 start, but faces a tough challenge against No. 14 Oklahoma.
Iowa State quarterback Rocco Becht displayed a remarkable combination of composure and style in his first Big 12 start against Oklahoma State. He showcased his cool and confident demeanor as he tore apart the Cowboys' defense, throwing for 348 yards and three touchdowns in a crucial 34-27 victory at home.
However, Becht faces a significant obstacle in his quest for further success: the formidable No. 14 Oklahoma team. The Cyclones will face the Sooners this Saturday in what could potentially be their last football trip to Norman.
Head coach Matt Campbell acknowledges Becht's impressive performance thus far but emphasizes the challenges that lie ahead. He highlights the unpredictable nature of the quarterback position, where one's fortunes can change in an instant. Campbell emphasizes the importance of character and leadership in navigating the highs and lows of the game.
Becht's teammates also play a crucial role in the team's success and will be instrumental in their upcoming clash against Oklahoma. The Cyclones aim to secure their second victory in Norman during the Campbell era. As they prepare for the game, here are five Sooners players to watch out for:
1. Dillon Gabriel: The 5-foot-11, 204-pound senior quarterback has been exceptional in his second season with the Sooners. With an impressive career touchdown-to-interception ratio of 112-to-21, Gabriel's performance has been nothing short of outstanding. He has completed a career-high 78 percent of his passes this season, throwing 12 touchdowns and only one interception. His stature may be his only perceived weakness.
2. Nik Bonitto: This 6-4, 236-pound junior linebacker was a force to be reckoned with last season, leading the Big 12 in total tackles. Bonitto's ability to make big plays, such as interceptions and sacks, has proven invaluable for the Sooners. He already has one interception, two sacks, and a fumble recovery this season, solidifying his status as a key contributor on defense.
3. Delarrin Turner-Yell: Turner-Yell, a 6-1, 206-pound senior safety, has been a standout player for the Sooners. With two interceptions and a forced fumble this season, he has demonstrated his knack for creating turnovers. Turner-Yell's ability to make crucial plays in pivotal moments has been instrumental in the team's success.
4. Mario Williams: The 6-4, 207-pound redshirt freshman wide receiver has emerged as a potent deep-ball threat for the Sooners. Despite only catching eight passes this season, four of them have resulted in touchdowns. Williams' speed and agility allow him to outrun defensive backs, making him a valuable asset to the team's offense.
5. Drake Stoops: The son of former head coach Bob Stoops, Drake Stoops may not possess flashy qualities, but he consistently delivers efficient and productive performances. Stoops has matched his single-season high in touchdown catches with three this season and ranks second on the team in receptions with 20. His reliability and ability to make clutch plays complement his teammates' big-play abilities.
As the Cyclones gear up for their clash with the Sooners, they must be prepared to face these talented players. Becht and his teammates will need to bring their A-game to secure another crucial victory on the road.