NORMAN — Oklahoma’s secondary is the defensive unit facing the most questions and uncertainty entering 2014.
The Sooners lost cornerback Aaron Colvin and free safety Gabe Lynn off last year’s team, leaving glaring holes in two key positions on the Oklahoma defense.
OU coaches have moved a seasoned veteran into one of those spots, though, allowing senior Julian Wilson to finally play the position he was recruited to play.
Wilson was a standout cornerback at Southmoore High, but has played nickelback and dimeback throughout his career — until now.
“I played boundary corner in high school, so really now, being able to do that at the college football level is really exciting,” Wilson said.
Coaches haven’t named a starter at the cornerback position opposite Zack Sanchez, but all signs point to Wilson emerging from the long competition with junior Cortez Johnson and sophomore Dakota Austin and Stanvon Taylor.
“A starter isn't named yet, so really all I can do is go out there and compete every day until they name the starter next Saturday,” Wilson said. “So really, I’m not worrying about starting, I’m just going out there, reviewing the film and making sure I don't make the same mistakes I made the day before.”
Wilson started all 13 games last season at nickelback. That spot is likely to be filled by senior Quentin Hayes, last year’s strong safety.
Sophomores Hatari Byrd and Ahmad Thomas are competing with true freshman Steven Parker, a former Jenks standout, for the safety spots.
“I think they’ve all had good camps,” said defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. “We haven’t really set a final rotation, but I’m rotating all four of them at different positions. So they’re all interchangeable pieces for us.
“All four will play. They all have worked hard and deserve the opportunity to play.”