e starting right guard job is his for the taking, but he’ll have to fend off several comers like incoming freshman Bronson Irwin.
→OG Tavaris Jeffries:
Right when the junior-college transfer was about to nail down a starting spot, he was suspended for a violation of team rules. When he was allowed back, he suffered a shoulder injury. Jeffries will battle Evans for the starting spot at right guard, but the Sooner coaches will be tempted to play the younger player if it’s close.
→DE Jarrett Brown:
Redshirted last season, and with all the ends still ahead of him, figures to spend most of 2010 on the sidelines.
→DE Justin Chaisson:
His legal problems appear to be behind him, but Chaisson still has four defensive ends ahead of him on the depth chart. Still, he’s talented and could get some snaps, especially if OU in someway utilizes its depth at end to compensate for its lack of bodies at tackle.
→DE Terry Franklin:
The lone academic casualty of the class, Franklin enrolled at Tyler (Texas) Junior College instead.
→DT Jamarkus McFarland:
The highest-rated recruit of the class started living up to that billing late in the season. With Gerald McCoy gone and Adrian Taylor dealing with a broken ankle, it’s McFarland’s time to be the man in the middle.
→LB Jaydan Bird:
Had a banner spring after enrolling early last year, but has some work to do to earn playing time at linebacker, where the Sooners are loaded with young, talented prospects.
→LB Gus Jones:
Fell behind fellow freshman linebackers Ronnell Lewis, Tom Wort and Jaydan Bird in the pecking order, and left the program following the fall semester.
→LB Ronnell Lewis:
A star in the making, the trick will be finding him a home on the defensive front. One thing is for sure: he’ll be in the game when OU needs to stuff the run.
→LB Tom Wort:
He came back from a preseason torn ACL ahead of schedule, even dressing out for the Sun Bowl. He’ll be a contender to start at middle linebacker.
→DB Kevin Brent:
Shoulder surgery last summer forced Brent to redshirt. But the Dallas native is ultra talented and could join the rotation at safety.
→DB Javon Harris:
Expected to get a look at running back during the spring.
→DB Demontre Hurst:
After a banner freshman season, the Sooners will be counting on him to fill one of the two vacant starting spots at corner.
→DB Gabe Lynn:
After incurring a hip-flexor during fall camp, he redshirted. But Lynn will have ample opportunity to show what he can do at corner, where the Sooners are inexperienced.
→DB Marcus Trice:
Diminutive (5-foot-8) but tough, Trice was in on dime packages last season and played a role on special teams, even blocking a punt against Idaho State. Trice could swing from safety to corner, but either way, he figures to be part of the defensive backfield rotation.