2017 Team Outlook: Taking the Reigns -- Serge Nash, QB Last year, the Sooners relied heavy on the accurate arm of Trevor Knight. When Knight went down midway through the season, Nash stepped up and after overcoming some early turnover troubles, became a competent competitor for the Sooners. This year, the job is his to lose and the coaches are putting a lot of weight on this RS senior's back. A threat with his arms and legs, Nash will open up the incredibly balanced Oklahoma offense, and hopefully keep drives alive with his legs as well as his improved arm. The New Regime Begins -- Sylvester Armstrong, RB Armstrong was one of the first recruits to commit to Fishdock when he took over for coach Boraby midway through Season 4. Although statistically less polished than his upperclass running mate Grant Hayes, Fishdock has decided to let the sophomore get the start not only beacuse of his balanced skill set, but also because he is superior catching the ball out of the backfield. Armstrong has been given the vote of confidence from the man with the headset, but also needs to show up on Saturdays to stave off the speed of Hayes. Hesiman Hopeful -- Early King, WR Fishdock had no idea what he had in Early King when he first arrived in Norman, but it didn't take him long to figure it out. Originally on the roster as a HB and stud KR, Fishdock put King in the slot and watched him flourish as a junior, and thankfully return for his senior season. A preseason All-American, Early King can run under any deep ball on the field, and draws similar comparisons to last year's Heisman winner, Ray Hall. The difference between good and great for King will be whether or not he can become an all purpose receiver this year, rather than just a burner who becomes insignificant against speedy cornerbacks. Questions on the D-Line: Jerald Barclay, Robert Edwards, Nic Thompson, DT Unlike many programs in the country, the Sooners run the 3-3-5 in order to keep pace with what were the explosive offenses in the Big 12, and should keep the same scheme in the SEC. Last year, Dusty Moseley anchored the three man front down low for the Sooners, but after his departure, DT is the most competitive position available headed into the season. Barclay will be the starter on day one, but he will have two young studs breathing down his neck. Nic Thompson was the only five star recruit in Fishdock's class this past year, but when push came to shove, four star recruit Robert Edwards rated better. It will be interesting to see how the players produce in early tests throughout the year, and which kid plugs the middle most effectively for the Sooners. Slaughter House Three: Derrick Jones, Kenneth Elliot, Tyler Slaughter LB Possibly the most exciting trio the Sooners have had line up on the defensive side of the ball, these three kids should wreak havoc in the SEC and provide problems for every QB and RB they face. Jones is a preseason All-American, and Elliot is a versatile athlete who slid from the middle to the left to open up from last year's huge recruit Tyler Slaughter. Slaughter looks like the next Brian Urlacher, a tenacious kid who makes a name for himself by rattling teeth. As was evidenced from last year's deluge of linebacker blitzes, Slaughter is prepared to meet plenty of opponents in the backfield and, literally, blow them up. SPECIAL Teams: Curtis Pollard, K and Justin Reynolds, P Sometimes, its the little things that make the difference between Championship contenders and really good football teams. The Sooners have two great seniors controlling the special teams, and the pundits are hard pressed to find a better tandem in the NCAA.