As for English, "he’s another one people have forgotten about.”
English was a Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year candidate as a 2007 sophomore but played hurt last season and was in the shadow of Alexander and Beal.
"Wasn’t his usual self,” Stoops said. "But he’s totally fine now. Feels great.”
The least-heralded of OU’s four Las Vegas players. Murray, linebacker Ryan Reynolds and even freshman delinquent Justin Chaisson have received much more press than has Carter.
Carter, a junior free safety, "has a chance to be a really good player,” Stoops said. "He’s a guy who would have started (in 2008) had he not pulled a hamstring.”
Still, Carter started twice and had eight tackles in the Big 12 title win over Missouri.
When Stoops mentioned the freshman middle linebacker, he was no better than third team. But with backup Mike Balogun ruled ineligible, Stoops’ words take on greater weight.
"Tom Wort is going to be pretty special, if not this year, then awfully soon,” Stoops said.
So there you have it. Five Sooners. Some already stars, some haven’t even played. But all have caught Stoops’ eye more than the public’s. Until now, of course.
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