OU football notebook: Sooner safety Hatari Byrd getting more comfortable

Playing time didn’t come as quickly or as often as he planned his freshman season. As Byrd enters his sophomore campaign, he said things are starting to click a little more.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: March 30, 2014


photo - Oklahoma's Hatari Byrd poses with OU coaches Bob, left, and Mike Stoops. PHOTO PROVIDED
Oklahoma's Hatari Byrd poses with OU coaches Bob, left, and Mike Stoops. PHOTO PROVIDED

Safety Hatari Byrd began his collegiate career last fall with high expectations, but playing time didn’t come as quickly or as often as he planned his freshman season.

As he enters his sophomore campaign, Byrd said things are starting to click a little more.

“It was moving kind of fast,” Byrd said of the college game. “It was moving kind of fast because there was a whole bunch of stuff that I didn't know that well.”

Byrd, a four-star safety prospect from Fresno, Calif., should have a better opportunity to play next season with lots of experience gone from the Sooners’ defensive backfield.

“This spring I feel like I came in pretty comfortable, knowing my stuff, but I'm still getting better each day,” Byrd said. “Still, little stuff I've got to fix up and get better with.”

DARLINGTON’S BROTHER RECOVERING WELL

Zack Darlington is fully participating in Nebraska’s spring practices, and his big brother couldn’t be happier.

Oklahoma junior center Ty Darlington watched in horror as Zack was carted off the field last August after a concussion during a high school football game, then airlifted to a hospital. It was his second concussion in as many months.

The game was being nationally televised on ESPN.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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