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Oklahoma football: What to watch at the spring game

The quarterback battle certainly isn't the only interesting thing to keep an eye on during the Sooners' spring football game on Saturday.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 12, 2013

NORMAN — Oklahoma's first quarterback battle in six years remains the most intriguing story line entering the 2013 season.

Here are three more things to watch during Saturday's spring football game on Owen Field.

1. Linebackers: After a rough 2012 season, Oklahoma's linebackers seem primed for a comeback. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops admitted to doing the unit an “injustice” last season, when he experimented with schemes that kept linebackers on the sideline. Sophomore Frank Shannon and senior Corey Nelson have said coaches are committed to them, and that could mean big things from the talented duo in 2013.

2. Newcomers: Early enrollee wideout Trey Metoyer was the star of last year's spring game. Could another newcomer — or two — be this year's spring standout? Wide receiver Dannon Cavil and safety Ahmad Thomas have each impressed coaches throughout spring practices. Also, watch for defensive end D.J. Ward, who should see some playing time after finally receiving NCAA clearance to practice Tuesday. Ward, who sat out his senior season of high school after an OSSAA ruling, was an All-State performer as a junior at Lawton High.

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