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Oklahoma football: Julian Wilson the favorite at cornerback

Wilson has started 13 career games over the past two years at dimeback and nickelback, but played corner in high school at Southmoore.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 20, 2014
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Based on interviews with players and coaches, it would appear senior Julian Wilson is now the clear favorite to start at the vacant cornerback spot opposite Zack Sanchez.

Wilson has started 13 career games over the past two years at dimeback and nickelback, but played corner in high school at Southmoore.

“He's picked it up really well,” Sanchez said. “He played it in high school, so it wasn't all new to him. “He's an athletic guy and he's smart as well, so his technique and things like that are always on point so it was really easy for him to pick it up.”

Wilson said he’s still competing with junior Cortez Johnson and sophomores Dakota Austin and Stanvon Taylor for the spot, and isn’t taking anything for granted until coaches name a starter.

KNIGHT: SHEPARD CAPABLE OF MOVE OUTSIDE

Junior receiver Sterling Shepard is expected to work as an outside receiver this fall after spending his first two seasons in the slot.

Shepard, the most experienced returning wide receiver, is “one of those few guys that’s capable of playing on the inside and on the outside,” said quarterback Trevor Knight.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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