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Hot and not: Clayton's been OU's best on defense; Team still getting healthy

Published: April 12, 2008
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•LB Keenan Clayton: Consider the safety to outside linebacker transformation a success. Clayton has been OU's best defensive player in the two open scrimmages with 17 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception.

•RB Justin Johnson: He isn't flashy like DeMarco Murray, but Johnson knows how to run the football. OU's leading rusher in the first scrimmage will have the chance to carry momentum into the fall with another solid performance.

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•Health: At one point this spring, OU was without 13 key contributors due to injuries, including Ryan Reynolds, Manuel Johnson, Duke Robinson, Jonathan Nelson and Quinton Carter. All five of those players are expected to participate today. In the Red-White game, the Sooners will probably be at their healthiest since spring drills began a month ago.

•Offense: Everyone expected the defense to struggle this spring having to replace five starters and other key players because of injury, but not the offense. Through more than 170 plays, the offense has scored just two touchdowns.

By Jake Trotter



Justin Johnson catches passes before Sooners' scrimmage at Gaylord Family -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman on March 29. Johnson will get another chance to show what he can do in the Red-White Game today. by STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

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