A class of their ownThose from the 2009 recruiting class who played significant roles last season as true freshmen: →LB Ronnell Lewis: The Hammer figures to carry on OU’s stout linebacker tradition →DT Jamarkus McFarland: With Adrian Taylor on the mend, McFarland will be counted on to fill a starting role →CB Demontre Hurst: Responded when asked to last season; now being asked to respond as the starting field corner →WR Jaz Reynolds: Deep threat is adding strength so he can also catch passes in traffic →OG Tyler Evans: On the verge of locking down a starting spot at guard →DB Marcus Trice: Combo defensive back, with the ability to play safety or corner Those from the 2009 recruiting class who could play significant roles next season as sophomores or redshirt freshmen: →LB Tom Wort: Was the most ready-to-play freshman until a preseason ACL tear derailed his season; has come back ahead of schedule and is vying for a starting role →LB Jaydan Bird: Like Lewis and Wort, Bird’s game predicated on flying around, making tackles →QB Drew Allen: Expected to be the No. 2 QB behind Landry Jones →FB Marshall Musil: Dual-threat fullback and the favorite to be the starter →RB Jonathan Miller: OU’s backfield has been deep, but that didn’t keep Miller on the sidelines last season; currently recuperating from knee surgery, but could again challenge for carries →C/TE Gabe Ikard: Conversion to center going better than expected; at worst, will add depth to the interior front; at best, will start →DT/DE Justin Chaisson: Las Vegas native has put on weight and is in the thick of the tackle rotation. →S Kevin Brent: Hard-hitter appears to be Quinton Carter’s heir apparent as enforcer of the secondary. →CB Gabe Lynn: Expected to be Hurst’s backup at field cornerback. →S Javon Harris: Contemplated a move to running back but now vying for one of the primary backup roles at safety. →OT Josh Aladenoye: Expected to be the team’s No. 4 tackle.
A class of their own