In a week, the Sooners open spring drills with the highest of expectations. OU is the favorite to open up as the preseason No. 1.
As the team begins its quest for an eighth national championship, here are six storylines to keep an eye on in the spring:
AARON COLVIN'S MOVE TO STRONG SAFETY
The pride of Owasso will be the player to watch this spring, as he attempts to transition from cornerback to strong safety as OU efforts to get its best defensive backs on the field at once, and fill a void at safety where the Sooners have graduated both starters.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound sophomore is undersized for a safety, but over the last two years, the Sooners had success transitioning Jonathan Nelson from a corner to a safety.
Other than linebacker, safety is the most mentally difficult position in Brent Venables' system. But Colvin is sharp, and the Sooners obviously feel better with him handling defensive assignments alongside Javon Harris at the back end than someone with no game experience.
If the experiment becomes a success, OU will be able to get its five best defensive backs (Colvin, Harris, nickelback Tony Jefferson, and corners Demontre Hurst and Jamell Fleming or Gabe Lynn, should Fleming not be admitted back to school) on the field.
But Colvin could always slide back to corner this fall, either as a starter or backup (depending on what happens with Fleming) if safety turns out not to be the answer.
GABE LYNN IN THE STARTING LINEUP
Colvin's position switch didn't occur in a vacuum. How the Sooners felt about the progress of Lynn played its part. Should Colvin stick at safety, Lynn could be a starter next fall. At the least, the team's No. 3 cornerback.
Remember, Lynn was the No. 1 player in the state coming out of Jenks High School in 2009, and is stocked with potential.
If Lynn can begin to live up to some of his billing, OU will enjoy the luxury of options with its secondary.
BRANDON WILLLIAMS IN THE BACKFIELD
Although Williams hasn't been on campus long, the blue-chip freshman running back already has ascended to second on the depth chart for the spring.
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