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Oklahoma football: Sooners' secondary is in good shape

OU defensive backs bring a lot of experience. “You can see the maturation of those guys as players even from last year to this year,” OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 31, 2013

/articleid/3778666/1/pictures/1999347">Photo - COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Defensive back Aaron Colvin (14) and defensive end Rashod Favors (10) participate in Sooner spring football drills at University of Oklahoma (OU) on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Defensive back Aaron Colvin (14) and defensive end Rashod Favors (10) participate in Sooner spring football drills at University of Oklahoma (OU) on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Colvin has clearly assumed a leadership role in the secondary, with the departures of safeties Javon Harris and Tony Jefferson and cornerback Demontre Hurst. But Colvin has spent extra time working with Wilson, his roommate.

“Julian's a student of the game,” Colvin said. “Julian's always eager to learn. I've been really proud of him studying film. He's got apps on his phone and iPad and on his computer. Julian watches a lot of film.”

Then there's Ahmad Thomas, a freshman strong safety from Miami who enrolled early to participate in spring practices.

Thomas has made big impressions on his new coaches and teammates and could compete for significant playing time as a true freshman in 2013.

“Boy, he's going to be a good one,” senior running back Brennan Clay said of Thomas. “He's still raw-talented, but my man is already 210 and 215, and he likes to lay the wood and he's competitive. I'm excited to see him play.”

Johnson said: “I've never seen a freshman like him. He's going to play a big part in our defense, most likely this year.”

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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