Oklahoma football: Depth chart analysis

by Jason Kersey Published: August 26, 2012
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DEFENSIVE LINE

DE, 11, R.J. Washington, Sr., 6-3, 256

10, Rashod Favors, So., 6-1, 250

DT, 90, David King, Sr., 6-5, 286

80, Jordan Phillips, RFr., 6-6, 318

DT, 97, JaMarkus McFarland, Sr., 6-2, 288

53, Casey Walker, Sr., 6-2, 309

DE, 98, Chuka Ndulue, So., 6-3, 256

91, Charles Tapper, Fr., 6-4, 265

Defensive line analysis: Ndulue was bumped up to start after King's move to DT, which came following senior Stacy McGee's indefinite suspension. Junior DE Chaz Nelson, as well as freshmen P.L. Lindley and Michael Onuoha, could contribute.

LINEBACKERS

MLB, 21, Tom Wort, Jr., 6-0, 237

55, Jaydan Bird, Sr., 6-2, 236

20, Frank Shannon, RFr., 6-1, 230

WLB, Corey Nelson, Jr., 6-1, 219

5, Joseph Ibiloye, Sr., 6-3, 218

25, Aaron Franklin, So., 6-1, 212

Linebackers analysis: Nelson struggled through the spring but has regained his focus — and his hold on the weakside LB spot. Under Mike Stoops this season, OU is expected to line up more in a 4-2-5 system. True freshman Eric Striker has impressed coaches and players this fall and could contribute on special teams.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

CB, 14, Aaron Colvin, Jr., 6-0, 181

27, Gary Simon, Fr., 6-1, 180

SS, 30, Javon Harris, Sr., 5-11, 206

24, Bennett Okotcha, RFr., 6-0, 176

FS, 1, Tony Jefferson, Jr., 5-11, 212

42, Jesse Paulsen, Sr., 6-0, 193

NB, 9, Gabe Lynn, Jr., 6-0, 199

2, Julian Wilson, So., 6-2, 191

CB, 6, Demontre Hurst, Sr., 5-10, 183

15, Lamar Harris, Sr., 6-1, 186

Defensive back analysis: Lynn and Wilson looks like favorites to play the nickelback spot when it's used, with junior-college transfer Kass Everett also a possibility. Simon has been impressive in camp so far and could earn significant playing time.

SPECIAL TEAMS

P, 36, Tress Way, Sr., 6-1, 215

PK, 18, Michael Hunnicutt, So., 6-0, 173

LS, 50, Austin Woods, Jr., 6-4, 293

31, Daniel Franklin, Sr., 6-2, 224

KR, 24, Brennan Clay, Jr., 5-11, 201

22, Roy Finch, Jr., 5-7, 175

PR, 19, Justin Brown, Sr., 6-3, 209

4, Kenny Stills, Jr., 6-1, 190

H, 36, Tress Way, Sr., 6-1, 215

Special teams analysis: It's unclear who will return kickoffs, but Clay, Finch, Damien Williams, Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal are all possibilities. Brown brings strong punt returning skills from Penn State, and he'll step right into that role. Woods remains the field-goal deep snapper, Franklin takes over for punts. Way has taken over as OU's holder.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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