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Oklahoma football notebook: Cornerback Dakota Austin keeping chip on shoulder

Rivals considered Austin a two-star prospect, and his offer list included the likes of UNLV, Nevada, Tulsa and UTEP before the Sooners came with a late offer just before signing day 2013.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 6, 2014

Dionte Savage started in his place when OU beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

“We're deeper than we’ve ever been since I’ve been here, that's for sure,” said junior center Ty Darlington. “We have nine, 10 guys that can step on the field and play and we'd be confident in that.

“I could not tell you who's gonna start up front right now. ...It could be any combination of guys, and that's gonna make us all better.”


Thaddeus LaGrone’s friends have told him for a long time that if he makes it big in football, he’ll have a great name for announcers.

“I love my name,” LaGrone said.

Oklahoma’s sophomore safety is working on making his name more well-known to OU fans, but that process can be a little longer and tougher for walk-ons.

LaGrone was removed from his Allen (Texas) High School football team his senior season after an injury and a subsequent disagreement with one of his coaches, he said. At the time, he was committed to Baylor, but the Bears stopped recruiting him after his high school career prematurely ended.

He committed to Houston and signed there, but didn’t last long with the Cougars.

“I got hurt, and some things happened,” LaGrone said. “Also they had me playing outside linebacker and that wasn’t really what I wanted to play.”

LaGrone — whose cousin is former OU wide receiver Mark Bradley — attended Oklahoma’s 2013 spring game and liked the campus, so he decided to walk on. The safety had to sit out last season, but he will be eligible to play this year.

He made waves in the 2014 OU spring game because of a few big, memorable hits on Sooner offensive players.

“I think I've definitely proved some things, but I’ve gotta keep on pushing and see what the future holds,” LaGrone said.

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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