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Oklahoma’s seven-DB scheme and how Demontre Hurst almost got multiple interceptions

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: November 13, 2012
Oklahoma's Demontre Hurst (6) tries to intercept a pass intended for Baylor's Terrance Williams (2) during the the second half of Oklahoma's 42-34 against Baylor at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Demontre Hurst (6) tries to intercept a pass intended for Baylor's Terrance Williams (2) during the the second half of Oklahoma's 42-34 against Baylor at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Against Baylor, Oklahoma defense ran a new scheme that defensive coordinator Mike Stoops implemented.

It called for the front four defensive lineman and seven defensive backs.

  1. Demontre Hurst
  2. Lamar Harris
  3. Javon Harris
  4. Tony Jefferson
  5. Gabe Lynn
  6. Julian Wilson
  7. Aaron Colvin.

Colvin explained that during the scheme, he slid into the nickle position. While Wilson and Lynn played inside, L. Harris and Hurst played outside.

The set up allowed Hurst to get into a position to tip, dive, block, swat and all but catch an interception. He pounded the ground with his fist after he missed his third attempt.

“Yeah,” Colvin said laughing. “‘No hands Demontre’ is what we call him.”

Although the nickname was actually made up on the spot, Colvin said the team did tease Hurst for never actually making an interception in the game against Baylor. Hurst does have two interceptions in his career. The first he returned for 49 yards. The second, he returned for 55 yards. He has yet to grab an interception this season.

“He’s still a great player,” Colvin said. “Like Coach Mike (Stoops) says, ‘The hardest thing is getting in position to get the interception.’ He was doing that. He’s just got to find a way get the ball.”

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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