Q&A with OU cornerback Demontre Hurst

By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Published: March 29, 2010
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You guys lost Dom Franks and Brian Jackson at cornerback. What’s it like to know people are counting on you to fill one of those starting roles?

"It’s a lot of pressure, trying to fill those big shoes. Me and Jamell (Fleming). It’s a big competition between us and the other corners. We’re just trying to get better every day, try to prepare for the Spring Game.”

What is the competition right now?

"Basically, it’s everybody. We all can play either position. We’re just trying to find the right spots. A big rotation going on. A lot of corners are getting a lot of reps. Everyone trying to find a spot on the field.”

Off last year’s defense, two things people are looking at, replacing Gerald McCoy at defensive tackle, and Franks and Jackson at corner. The rest of the defense comes back intact. You feel the urgency to get it done at corner, so that the defense can be as good as the one last year?

"That’s our goal. That’s where we want to be. We want the other defensive players to be able to trust us.