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Breaking down OU’s roster

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm •  Published: August 29, 2009

1 Dominique Franks 6-0 192 DB JR Tulsa, Okla. (Union HS)
Could challenge for the Jim Thorpe Award with a big season

2 Brian Jackson 6-1 200 DB SR De Soto, Texas (De Soto HS)
Not the playmaker Franks is, but solid and is effective with long arms

3 Jonathan Nelson 5-11 172 DB JR Mansfield, Texas (Summitt HS)
Riddled with injuries throughout his career now being pushed by freshman CB Demontre Hurst

4 Ryan Reynolds 6-2 225 LB SR Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS)
Back from a third knee injury; if he can avoid a fourth, should be the key cog on defense

4 Jameel Owens 6-3 200 WR SO Muskogee, Okla. (Muskogee HS)
Fallen behind in WR rotation; has some work to do before seeing much time on the field

5 Joseph Ibiloye 6-3 208 DB RS FR Garland, Texas (South Garland HS)
Minor surgery has slowed him this preseason; could eventually follow Keenan Clayton to LB

5 John Nimmo 6-2 208 QB JR Ponca City, Okla. (Ponca City HS)
Had a TD pass in spring game, but No. 4 among QBs

6 Desmond Jackson 5-11 190 DB SO Seguin, Texas (Seguin HS)
Off the field problems could keep Jackson from ever seeing the field again

6 Cameron Kenney 6-1 190 WR JR Dacula, Ga. (Garden City CC)
Impact JUCO will start at WR and try to fill role held by Iglesias last season

7 DeMarco Murray 6-1 214 RB JR Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS)
As Florida game showed with his absence, Murray is the difference maker for the offense

8 Brandon Caleb 6-1 187 WR JR Richmond, Va. (Fork Union Military Academy)
Solid veteran will contribute this season in a reserve role

9 Gabe Lynn 6-0 186 DB FR Tulsa, Okla. (Jenks HS)
Hip flexor means he’ll redshirt, but has a bright future ahead

10 Ben Sherrard 6-4 214 QB RS FR Arlington, Texas (Lamar HS)
One of two walk on QBs along with Nimmo

10 Mike Balogun 6-0 247 LB SR Upper Marlboro, Md. (Lackawanna (Pa.) CC)
Will he play? A ruling from the NCAA on his eligibility should be on the way for the former semi-pro star

11 Kevin Brent 5-11 196 DB FR Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff HS)
Spring shoulder surgery kept him out of the preseason; like Lynn, will redshirt, but he too has a bright future

12 Austin Box 6-2 220 LB SO Enid, Okla. (Enid HS)
One of the team’s most important backups; will reserve role in middle and weak side

12 Landry Jones 6-4 216 QB RS FR Artesia, N.M. (Artesia HS)
Hasn’t been able to win No. 2 QB job yet, but odds are still in his favor

13 Corey Wilson 6-1 182 WR SO Carrollton, Texas (Creekview HS)
Tragically paralyzed from the waist down in a Feb. auto accident; holds hope of one day walking again and leading the team out onto the field

13 Marcus Trice 5-8 178 DB FR Mesquite, Texas (Mesquite HS)
Dynamite freshman will be the No. 2 free safety behind Quinton Carter

14 Sam Bradford 6-4 223 QB JR Oklahoma City, Okla. (Putnam City North HS)
Heisman winner could go down as greatest Sooner QB ever

15 Drew Allen 6-5 224 QB FR San Antonio, Texas (Alamo Heights HS)
Battling Jones for No. 2 QB spot; likely, though, to redshirt

15 Lamar Harris 6-1 186 DB RS FR Gilmer, Texas (Gilmer HS)
Quietly had a solid camp and will fill one of the backup CB spots

16 Jaz Reynolds 6-2 181 WR FR Aldine, Texas (Eisenhower HS)
Speedy WR has tremendous upside with 4.4 speed and 40-inch vertical; should help right away

17 Jimmy Stevens 5-6 159 K SO Oklahoma City, Okla. (Heritage Hall HS)
Struggled last year, but appears much improved and more confident; will it translate to games?

17 Mossis Madu 6-0 200 WR JR Norman, Okla. (Norman HS)
Former RB now playing WR and will be dangerous with the ball in his hands

18 Jermaine Gresham 6-6 258 TE SR Ardmore, Okla. (Ardmore HS)
Best tight end in college football, and like Bradford, could down as best as his position in OU history

19 Ryan Caro 5-8 165 WR SO De Soto, Texas (De Soto HS)
Walk-on not expected to see any playing time

19 Demontre Hurst 5-9 165 DB FR Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster HS)
Bob Stoops calls him the best CB freshman he’s ever coached — wow

20 Quinton Carter 6-1 193 DB JR Las Vegas, Nev. (Cheyenne HS)
Heavy hitter will lay the wood, but how will he respond in full-time starter’s role?

20 Samson Adeoye 6-2 180 RB SO Norman, Okla. (Southern Nazarene)
Walk-on transfer from nearby Southern Nazarene

21 J.R. Bryant 6-2 225 LB SR Jesup, Ga. (Garden City (Kan.) CC)
Looked like he would contribute after the spring, but didn’t show up to camp the way coaches had hoped

22 Keenan Clayton 6-1 221 LB SR Sulphur Springs, Texas (Sulphur Springs HS)
Underrated because of Reynolds and Travis Lewis, but Clayton’s move from SS to LB has been a huge success

23 Jermie Calhoun 6-0 218 RB RS FR Ben Wheeler, Texas (Van HS)
Will get spot carries, but won’t be the featured back until Brown and Murray are gone

24 Dejuan Miller 6-4 224 WR SO Metuchen, N.J. (Metuchen HS)
After a slow start to fall camp, has surged lately and showing he can be a threat downfield

25 Michael Malone 6-0 215 RB FR Oklahoma City, Okla. (Putnam City West HS)
Walk-on from PC West

25 Emmanuel Jones 5-11 195 DB SR Tulsa, Okla. (Northeastern Oklahoma)
Walk-on from NEO could be a factor in the safety rotation

26 Jonathan Miller 6-0 190 RB FR Garland, Texas (Naaman Forest HS)
Will redshirt this season, then battle Calhoun to see who is feature back of the future

27 Sam Proctor 6-0 208 DB SO Pearland, Texas (Pearland HS)
First-year starter at strong safety really the only unknown on a defense that returns 9 starters

28 Travis Lewis 6-2 232 LB SO San Antonio, Texas (Robert E. Lee HS)
Returning def. newcomer of the year will attempt to join elite company of great Sooner LBs

29 Chris Brown 5-10 200 RB SR Alexandria, La. (Alexandria HS)
Steady Brown has focused on improving his speed and could be more of a home-run threat this year

30 Javon Harris 5-11 196 DB FR Lawton, Okla. (MacArthur HS)
Another impressive freshman who is backing up Proctor at strong safety

31 Daniel Franklin 6-2 219 LB RS FR Mount Airy, Ga. (Habersham Central HS)
Not discussed as much as freshmen LBs, but Franklin trying to be a factor in the rotation on the strong side

32 Jamell Fleming 5-11 178 DB RS SO Arlington, Texas (Seguin HS)
Back with the team after academic issues and back injury, will add depth at cornerback

32 Marshall Musil 6-2 218 FB FR La Crosse, Kan. (La Crosse HS)
Nice-looking prospect, but needs to add weight before contributing; will redshirt this season

33 Auston English 6-3 251 DE SR Canadian, Texas (Canadian HS)
Back to his old self? Former all-conference performer is, according to teammates and coaches

34 Matt Clapp 6-2 246 FB SR Phoenix, Ariz. (Paradise Valley HS)
Bruising fullback can be a factor with the ball in his hands, which coaches will try and exploit

35 Princz Jones 6-0 205 RB JR Tulsa, Okla. (NEO)
Another walk-on from NEO; won’t play

36 Tress Way 6-1 215 K RS FR Tulsa, Okla. (Union HS)
Big leg, has the chance to improve OU’s punting game, which was woeful last year

37 Matthew Moreland 6-2 206 K JR Tulsa, Okla. (Bishop Kelley HS)
After briefly leaving team, Moreland is back and hoping to reclaim is spot on kickoffs

38 Derrick Bradley 5-10 178 DB RS FR Houston, Texas (Alief Elsik HS)
Walk-on from Houston; won’t play

39 Rashad Hutchins 5-9 176 WR SO Houston, Texas (Hastings HS)
Walk-on, who has made some plays the last two spring games; still, doubtful to play

40 Troy Steele 6-1 220 FB FR Merkel, Texas (Merkel HS)
Walk-on from Merkel, Texas; won’t play

41 Josh New 6-2 226 TE JR Lubbock, Texas (Coronado HS)
Sooners have played walk-on tight ends before (Ratterree), but his time hasn’t come yet

41 Erik Lee 6-3 218 LB FR Oklahoma City, Okla. (Casady HS)
With Stevens, Ikard and Lee, Sooners have one player from each of the OKC private schools

42 Tom Wort 6-0 220 LB FR New Braunfels, Texas (New Braunfels HS)
Promising prospect out of the year with ACL tear

43 Jesse Bell 6-0 190 DB SO Rowlett, Texas (Northeastern State)
Walk-on from Rowlett, Texas; won’t play

43 Patrick O’Hara 6-0 185 K SO Topeka, Kan. (Washburn University)
Not a bad kicker, adds to depth to the position

44 Jeremy Beal 6-3 261 DE JR Carrollton, Texas (Creekview HS)
Budding star has dominated during fall camp; All-American candidate

45 Gus Jones 6-1 210 LB FR Wagoner, Okla. (Wagoner HS)
Only one of the freshmen LBs to arrive in fall; will redshirt, but has a solid future

46 Jordan Finch 5-11 170 DB FR Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield HS)
Walk-on from Mansfield, Texas

47 Zach Montana 6-0 194 DB RS FR Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound HS)
Walk-on from Flower Mound, Texas

47 Trent Ratterree 6-3 225 TE SO Weatherford, Okla. (Weatherford HS)
Walk-on success story should see plenty of time as No. 2 or 3 tight end, depending on what happens with Brody Eldridge

48 Brandon Crow 6-1 221 FB JR Comanche, Okla. (Comanche HS)
Former beleaguered LB has found a home at FB and will be part of OU’s power sets

49 Woody Toms 6-2 237 TE RS FR Tualatin, Ore. (Tualatin HS)
Rare walk-on not from Oklahoma or Texas

51 Brian Lepak 6-4 275 OL JR Claremore, Okla. (Colorado State)
Walk-on transfer from Colorado State is back from ankle injury to add depth to interior of o-line

52 Derek Shaw 6-0 222 DS SR Sand Springs, Okla. (Charles Page HS)
Veteran deep snapper currently working as a backup

53 Casey Walker 6-0 302 DL RS FR Garland, Texas (Garland HS)
Good-looking prospect who will be part of d-line rotation; possible future starter

54 Devin Frazier 6-2 275 OL JR Mustang, Okla. (NEO)
Walk-on from Mustang

55 Jaydan Bird 6-1 227 LB FR Conway Springs, Kan. (Conway Springs HS)
Had great spring; will be asked to play as a freshman and add depth to LB corps

56 Ronnell Lewis 6-2 234 LB FR Dewar, Okla. (Dewar HS)
Nice-looking prospect, but at what position? MLB? OLB? DE? Time will tell.

58 Sean Morrison 6-4 224 DS SO Frisco, Texas (Centennial HS)
Walk-on from Frisco

59 Donald Stephenson 6-6 285 OL SO Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs HS)
Technically Trent Williiams’ backup at left tackle, but not part of the line rotation yet

61 Ben Habern 6-3 288 OL FR Argyle, Texas (Liberty Christian HS)
Finally back from back inflammation, but is he going to start against BYU?

62 Tola Jimoh 6-0 232 DE SR Tulsa, Okla. (Union HS)
Walk-on from Tulsa Union

63 Ben Hampton 6-3 237 DS SR Grove, Okla. (Northeastern Oklahoma)
Deep Snapper for field goals and PATs

66 Curtis Chambers 6-2 180 OL FR Miami, Okla. (Miami HS)
Walk-on from Steve Owens’ hometown

70 Cory Brandon 6-7 310 OL JR Corsicana, Texas (Corsicana HS)
Stepped into starter’s role at RT; how he plays will be key to development of revamped line

71 Trent Williams 6-5 318 OL SR Longview, Texas (Longview HS)
Kevin Wilson calls him the best lineman he’s ever coaches; high praise, considering Wilson coached 2 future pro bowlers

72 Tavaris Jeffries 6-4 309 OL JR Memphis, Tenn. (Coahoma CC)
Not ready to contribute yet, but may have to if injuries mount up front

73 Josh Aladenoye 6-5 342 OL FR Mesquite, Texas (North Mesquite HS)
Intriguing prospect should redshirt this season

74 Brian Simmons 6-4 318 OL SR Raleigh, N.C. (Hargrave Academy)
Technically not a returning starter, but Simmons has played in plenty of big games

75 Tyler Evans 6-5 280 OL FR Strafford, Mo. (Strafford HS)
Expected to be part of the rotation in the interior, even though he’s a true freshman

76 Jarvis Jones 6-7 297 OL SO Richmond, Texas (LSU)
Found his niche; team’s top backup at tackle or guard

77 Stephen Good 6-6 291 OL SO Paris, Texas (Paris HS)
Former high school All-American hoping for a breakout year at right guard

78 Jake Reed 6-6 274 OL FR Ardmore, Okla. (Ardmore HS)
Walk-on from Ardmore

79 Jeff Vinson 6-8 350 OL JR Lancaster, Pa. (Lackawanna CC)
Like Jeffries, not ready, but may have to fill a role on rotation in case of injuries

80 Adron Tennell 6-4 199 WR SR Irving, Texas (Irving HS)
After years of watching from the bench, Tennell pumped about earning starting role

81 Jarrett Brown 6-3 252 DE FR Arlington, Texas (Bowie HS)
With OU so loaded at DE, Brown obviously will redshirt

81 Carter Whitson 5-11 185 WR SR Shawnee, Okla. (Shawnee HS)
Veteran key special teams player as club’s holder

82 James Hanna 6-4 243 TE SO Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound HS)
Will spell Gresham whenever he gets tired; will replace Gresham next season

83 Brody Eldridge 6-5 265 TE SR La Cygne, Kan. (Prairie View HS)
Will he play center? Or move back to tight end? One of the fall camp’s lingering questions

84 Gabe Ikard 6-4 252 TE FR Oklahoma City (Bishop McGuinness HS)
Kevin Wilson really likes Ikard; would play him as a true freshman if the team wasn’t so stacked at TE

84 Frank Alexander 6-4 259 DE SO Baton Rouge, La. (Southern Lab School)
If he’s your team’s No. 3 DE, then you are exceptional at the position

85 Ryan Broyles 5-11 178 WR SO Norman, Okla. (Norman HS)
Takes over as leader of the wideouts; WR coach Jay Norvell said Broyles in store for breakout season

86 Adrian Taylor 6-4 291 DT JR Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield HS)
Solid at Gerald McCoy’s sidekick at DT

86 James Winchester 6-4 191 DS SO Washington, Okla. (Washington HS)
Deep snapper for punts

87 Lane Johnson 6-7 252 TE SO Groveton, Texas (Kilgore College)
Late signee to 2009 class; raw prospect, but gifted; will redshirt

88 Eric Mensik 6-6 265 TE JR Rosenberg, Texas (Terry HS)
Will serve as OU’s jumbo tight end; terrific blocker

89 T.J. Hamilton 5-11 194 WR SR Mounds, Okla. (Southern Nazarene)
Longtime walk-on from Mounds

89 Cordero Moore 6-2 310 DT SR Mesquite, Texas (Horn HS)
Veteran will be part of the DT rotation and add depth behind McCoy and Taylor

90 David King 6-5 236 DE RS FR Houston, Texas (Strake Jesuit Prep)
Back from a concussion; battling R.J. Washington for No. 4 DE spot

91 R.J. Washington 6-3 247 DE RS FR Fort Worth, Texas (Keller Fossil Ridge HS)
Had lousy spring, but great fall and closing in on locking up No. 4 DE position

92 Stacy McGee 6-4 272 DL RS FR Muskogee, Okla. (Muskogee HS)
Continues to add weight and will be part of the DT rotation

93 Gerald McCoy 6-4 297 DT JR Oklahoma City, Okla. (Southeast HS)
All-American DT; future Top-10 NFL Draft pick; a difference-maker in the middle

94 Bryce Easley 6-1 196 K FR Norman, Okla. (Norman North HS)
Will be given a shot if Stevens struggles at place-kicks; has bizarre number for a kicker

94 Pryce Macon 6-1 249 DE JR Corpus Cristi, Texas (Carroll HS)
Out with a knee injury; former contributor now buried on depth chart at stacked DE position

95 Justin Chaisson 6-4 257 DE FR Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS)
Overcame legal issues to make it to Norman; must show he can be solid citizen as he redshirts

96 DeMarcus Granger 6-2 327 DT SR Dallas, Texas (Kimball HS)
Back from back, foot surgeries; still a ways away from being to play more than 15-20 snaps a game because of conditioning

97 Jamarkus McFarland 6-2 296 DT FR Lufkin, Texas (Lufkin HS)
Even with depth on d-line, McFarland could still avoid redshirt and play this year; terrific prospect

98 Billy Batchelear 6-3 230 DE JR Jenks, Okla. (Jenks HS)
Walk-on from Jenks

-JT

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