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Oklahoma football notebook: Tony Jefferson won't divulge NFL Draft grade

by Jason Kersey Published: January 1, 2013

Oklahoma junior safety Tony Jefferson received his grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

But he isn't talking about it.

“Yeah, I got it,” Jefferson said. “But I'm not talking about the grade.”

Was he happy with the grade?

“It was cool,” he responded. currently ranks Jefferson as the fifth-best 2013 safety prospect. Draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., has said Jefferson could possibly sneak into the first round.

Jefferson led Oklahoma with 113 tackles through the 2012 regular season and is preparing for Friday's Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M. He's played much of the season on a bum ankle, which he sprained in OU's Sept. 8 win over Florida A&M, and said the month between the Sooners' regular-season finale and the Cotton Bowl has been helpful.

“You know, you get a high ankle sprain, it takes about six-to-eight weeks to heal,” Jefferson said. “I didn't really get a chance to do it because we had a game every week. But it's not about being injured and stuff. You've gotta fight through those type of things.”

Jefferson is one of four OU juniors — along with Aaron Colvin, Trey Millard and Kenny Stills — giving serious consideration to the 2013 draft.


Josh Heupel led Oklahoma to the 2000 national championship as its quarterback, finishing second in that season's Heisman Trophy balloting.

Among the most memorable games that season was Nov. 11 at Texas A&M, a team Heupel meets in Friday's Cotton Bowl Classic as OU's co-offensive coordinator.

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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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