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Oklahoma Sooners will face 2 of the most explosive players in 2022 according to 247Sports

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The Big 12 may have taken a more defensive stance in recent seasons, but there’s still a ton of incredible offensive talent the Oklahoma Sooners will have to contend with in 2022.

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Brad Crawford of 247Sports ranked the top 7 most explosive players in student football. The Oklahoma Sooners have experience with two of these players, but in 2022 they will have to worry about them again; Deuce Vaughn from Kansas State and Xavier Worthy from TexasWith.

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Worthy ranked 2nd on the list and Vaughn ranked 3rd. Both are worthy additions to the list entitled Jackson Smith-Njigba of Ohio State.

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Sooners fans got to know Worthy very well in the first game of the Red River Showdown in 2021, when the Texas wide receiver took the screen 75 yards for a touchdown to open the game. That day, he killed Oklahoma with nine receptions for 261 yards and two touchdowns.

Here’s what Crawford had to say about Worthy:

Depending on who you ask Xavier Worthy may be the fastest player in college football. No one handles the ball better than the Longhorns’ top threat, and the Big 12 coaching staff are well aware of his exploits on the field and consider him the worst player in the conference in terms of how he can score from anywhere. Worth averaged 15.8 yards per catch and threw 12 touchdowns as a freshman in 2021, as evidenced by a giant 261-yard play against Oklahoma. He is Steve Sarkisian’s new DeVont Smith, and the Texas Think Tank Trust will be working to ensure that he gets as many contacts as possible this season in space. – Crawford, 247Sport

Worthy announced his presence in 2021. On the other hand, Deuce Vaughn, the Sooners, has known him for a couple of years.

In Kansas State’s 2020 win, Vaughn had eight carries for 35 yards and four passes for 129 yards, plus a touchdown, including this big catch:

In 2021, Oklahoma still struggled to stop Vaughn in a passing game, this time catching 10 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball 15 times for 51 yards.

The Sooners, under defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, were able to slow Vaughn down in the running game, but were unable to figure out how to hold him back as a receiver. Perhaps Brent Venables and Ted Roof will have more answers on how to slow down Vaughn in 2022.

Here’s what Crawford had to say about the electric treadmill:

No wonder the state of Kansas Deuce Vaughn was one of the country’s leaders in the number of forced tackles last season. He is 5’6″, weighs 170 pounds and is quirky like any player in the ranks of the Power Five. In his first two seasons with the Wildcats, Vaughn averaged 5.7 yards per throw and doubled his total catches as a sophomore compared to 2020. Kansas State is doing very well with their game plan, focusing on his touches and with the transfer quarterback from Nebraska. Adren Martinez is a very fast attacker this season. Vaughan totaled 22 total touchdowns as a sophomore starter and 1,872 yards to scrimmage. – Crawford, 247Sport

While they didn’t make the list, TCU’s Quentin Johnston and Iowa State’s Xavier Hutchinson would be explosive playmakers to deal with as well.

Oklahoma wide receiver Marvin Mims is definitely an explosive player that the Sooners rivals will be looking for to pass the ball. In his first two seasons at OU, he averaged 19.1 yards per reception, including 22 yards per reception in 2022. He is a dangerous player who can win deep at any moment.

The Oklahoma defense may have lost a lot of talent from the 2021 team, but there will be a different level of intensity with this defense. There are a lot of guys on this line to be proud of, we just haven’t seen them on a full-time defensive basis. In September, they have a lot to prove. In particular, they must prove they can slow down Xavier Worthy and Deuce Vaughn better than their former teammates.

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The Oklahoma Sooners are ranked 7th in ESPN’s updated future rankings.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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