NORMAN – Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson might have finally found his position on the field.
In two seasons, Jefferson has played linebacker and nickel back. Now it appears he has finally found some comfort and stability at safety.
“I guess I just use a word that Coach (Brent) Venables used. He used I'm a ‘versatile' player. I mean, you can use me in a lot of different places. That can't hurt the team at all. It's good to have an asset like that where you can be anywhere on the field.”
“I think it helps the team. If somebody goes down, I can probably play any position. Once you learn one position, in the meantime you're learning other positions at the same time. You learn free, you know strong safety. You know nickel, you learn linebacker. I think it's just a good asset to be moved around and stuff. I kind of like being just one position, though.”
“I like where Mike's (Stoops) head is at; he's got the right mindset. He knows how to utilize us all as a defense. I'm really excited about what he has for us.”
“It's a lot of fun back there. Having a good time. I feel like I'm being in more position to make plays and it's just a better view. You feel like you're the quarterback of the defense back there. It's going great.”
“It is physical up front, but it's more physical being back there. Coming downhill for a run, you come straight on with a running back. That's just something I love. You just get more opportunities for interceptions and showcasing your abilities on what you can do on receivers.”
“My dad used a lot of his boxing-mentality type stuff with me growing up. Just be tough-minded and never show fear or anything when you're going against an opponent. I've been using that since I was young. He put me in football since I was 4 years old. He tried to get me to box, and my mom didn't let that happen. He made sure he stayed hard on me, and I appreciate him. I feel like he's a really good role model for me.”
TONY JEFFERSON'S CAMPAIGN SLOGAN
“I'm About Whatever Still”
Jefferson's own words, honestly. “My campaigns will include Justin Bieber posters around. ... Have some Kim Kardashian cards...” We know where this is going.
TONY JEFFERSON'S CAMPAIGN ENDORSEMENTS
* OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops: “He's easy to coach. I think great players are easy to coach.”
* OU cornerback Demontre Hurst: “I think (free safety) is his strength. Coach (Bob) Stoops realized that was his strength, that he's better at safety.”
* OU defensive back Jonathan Nelson: “He usually goes 100 mph. Even if he messes up, he's going to do it at full speed.”