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OU football: What they are saying about the secondary

Tony Jefferson, coach Bob Stoops and Corey Nelson offer thoughts on the secondary under new defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.
by Jenni Carlson and Michael Baldwin and Jason Kersey Published: April 15, 2012

How will the secondary improve with the return of defensive coordinator Mike Stoops?

Here's what OU coaches and players had to say after the spring game:

Free safety Tony Jefferson on the secondary's play:

“We just gave up that one big play, but going into the game, (not giving up big plays) was our main focus. So, it's kind of disappointing giving up a play like that. I feel like we bounced back and made some good plays.”

Coach Bob Stoops on the 60-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bell to Jaz Reynolds:

“The scramble play — that happens once in a while to balls thrown over the opposite shoulder so the receiver can see it and the DB loses it. You don't want it to happen, but it is not like it was a clean play that got in back of them.”

Linebacker Corey Nelson on the areas of progress this spring:

“Just being able to stay on our man, being able to play man coverage. Being able to not get beat deep, allowing the secondary and linebackers to become cohesive. We also worked on playing physical. That's a key point we really focused on here in the spring.”

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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