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OU Football Notebook: Demonter Hurst, Marcus Tice ready to contribute

Oklahoman Modified: August 26, 2009 at 10:27 am •  Published: August 26, 2009
Freshman DBs Hurst, Trice set to contribute
Not since Reggie Smith and Nic Harris arrived in 2005 has a duo of Sooner freshmen defensive backs impressed the way Demontre Hurst and Marcus Trice have.

"I really like those two guys,” said secondary coach Bobby Jack Wright, who revealed Tuesday that both will play prominent roles on OU’s defense.

Hurst started the Sooners’ last scrimmage at cornerback and returned an interception for a touchdown.

"He’s very instinctive,” Wright said. "Has a good feel and savvy for a freshman.”

Trice is backing up Quinton Carter at free safety and will be part of OU’s nickel and dime packages.

"He’s explosive, he’s fast and can cover a lot of ground,” Wright said. "A heady football player. He can find the ball as well as anyone I’ve seen for a true freshman.”

Another true freshman defensive back, Javon Harris, also could be part of the secondary rotation, Wright said.

Harris is currently working as a backup to Sam Proctor at strong safety.

OU’s other two freshmen defensive backs, Gabe Lynn and Kevin Brent, have been dealing with injuries. Both have a lot of potential, but may end up redshirting.

Brent had shoulder surgery in the spring and just returned to the practice field this week. Lynn has been battling a hip flexor injury since the beginning of camp.

Freshman lineman Evans will play
It remains to be seen which true freshmen see the field on the offensive side. Allen and wide receiver Jaz Reynolds are both pushing to avoid redshirts. But only one true freshman will definitely play. That’s 6-foot-5, 280-pound guard Tyler Evans of Strafford, Mo.

Evans is being counted on to add depth to the interior of the offensive line at guard behind starters Brian Simmons and Stephen Good.

Said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, "Tyler Evans has done well, and we will play him as a young guy.