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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

Zack Darlington, a quarterback, missed the rest of his senior season at Apopka (Fla.) High, but enrolled early at Nebraska, as he originally planned to do, and is doing great.

“He got a good couple weeks of practice in with Nebraska, and he’s just continuing to get better,” Ty Darlington said. “He’s not cleared for contact, but that doesn’t really matter because it’s spring; he’s not gonna get tackled.”

Nebraska coaches pledged after the injury to honor Zack’s scholarship regardless of his playing future, a gesture that deeply touched the Darlington family.

“Coach (Bo) Pelini, it was really honorable of him to say that and to hold true to his commitment to Zack,” Ty Darlington said. “They’ve been nothing but hospitable to him and my family, and so far, he’s been able to fully participate. That’s been a blessing. We just pray that his health continues to improve and that he doesn’t have any lingering symptoms.”

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Junior linebacker Eric Striker, on the defense’s potential:

“I think we can be the top defense in the nation, really, when we all put it together. Our best 11 is pretty dang good, so if we get our fits right, our scheme, if the players get to know the scheme, we’ll be pretty good.”

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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