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Oklahoma football: Sooners use seven-man secondary

by Jason Kersey Modified: November 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm •  Published: November 13, 2012

Against Baylor, Oklahoma's defense ran a new scheme that defensive coordinator Mike Stoops implemented.

It called for the front four defensive linemen and seven defensive backs: Demontre Hurst, Lamar Harris, Javon Harris, Tony Jefferson, Gabe Lynn, Julian Wilson and Aaron Colvin.

Colvin explained in this alignment, he slid into the nickel position. While Wilson and Lynn played inside, Lamar Harris and Hurst played outside.

The set-up allowed Hurst to get into a position to tip, dive, block, swat and all but catch an interception. He pounded the ground with his fist after he missed his third attempt.

“Yeah,” Colvin said laughing. “‘No hands Demontre' is what we call him.”

Although the nickname was actually made up on the spot, Colvin said the team did tease Hurst for never actually making an interception against the Bears. Hurst does have two interceptions in his career. The first he returned for 49 yards. The second he returned for 55 yards. He has yet to grab an interception this season.

“He's still a great player,” Colvin said. “Like Coach Mike (Stoops) says, ‘The hardest thing is getting in position to get the interception.' He was doing that. He's just got to find a way get the ball."


Come Sunday, Oklahoma defensive tackle Casey Walker isn't much of a football junkie.

After a week of watching film on the next opponent, he doesn't overload on too many NFL games.

“During the week I watch so much football, I'm kind of tired of it,” Walker said. “I'd rather watch tennis.”

The only players he knows on the pro tour are Venus and Serena Williams.

But Walker does pay attention to college football outside of the Big 12 Conference. When the media began to talk about bowl predictions, Walker talked about the Sugar and Fiesta bowls.

“I don't want to go there again,” Walker said about the Fiesta Bowl, where the Sooners have been the last three years. “I don't, but I will. Shoot, I'd take New Orleans.”

That's when some media members told him that Oklahoma was projected to meet Texas A&M in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. before the Aggies beat Alabama last weekend.

“Yeah that's true,” Walker said. “That quarterback (Johnny Manziel) is nice. He's nice. We'll just have to see. We have to worry about the rest of this season.”

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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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