Oklahoma football: Freshman class breakdown

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: August 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm •  Published: August 28, 2010

Here's a look at OU's freshman class, listed from least likely to most likely to redshirt:

1. Trey Millard, fullback: Brent Venables calls him "a load." The Sooners call him their starting fullback.

2. Kenny Stills, wide receiver: The groin pull was a setback, but Stills has returned to practice and is still a favorite to start.

3. Tony Jefferson, safety: Jefferson is the defense's starting nickelback heading into the opener.

4. Aaron Colvin, cornerback: The Owasso native is on the two-deep at field cornerback behind sophomore Demontre Hurst.

5. Corey Nelson, linebacker: Will help on special teams while learning weakside linebacker from mentor Travis Lewis

6. Bronson Irwin, guard: Backing up Tyler Evans at right guard.

7. Austin Woods, center: Expected to handle the field goal snaps.

8. Joe Powell, wide receiver: Big-play threat capable of playing in the slot or the outside.

9. Trey Franks, slot receiver: Adds breakaway speed to the receiving corps.

10. Daniel Noble, defensive tackle: Pleasant surprise up front, Noble will hold a spot in the rotation until Adrian Taylor is healthy.

11. Austin Haywood, tight end: The best receiving tight end the Sooners have, but needs to work on blocking.

12. Brennan Clay, running back: Versatile playmaker, could help the Sooners at running back, slot receiver and kick returns.

13. Roy Finch, running back: Was going to play, but recent hairline fracture in ankle could change that, especially if injury lingers for more than a month.

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