Last year's freshman class was the best in coach Bob Stoops' 13 seasons.
Thirteen members of the 2010 class played as true freshmen, including wide receivers Kenny Stills and Trey Franks, running backs Roy Finch and Brennan Clay, linebacker Corey Nelson, fullback Trey Millard, nickel back Tony Jefferson and safety Aaron Colvin.
A year later several redshirts from the '10 class are on the two-deep chart: offensive linemen Daryl Williams, Adam Shead and Tyrus Thompson; quarterback Blake Bell; tight end Austin Haywood; defensive ends Geneo Grissom and Chuka Ndulue; defensive tackle Torrea Peterson, strong safety Quentin Hayes.
"It's fair to say it was the best group we've ever had for freshmen," Stoops said. "The guys that did play last year, not only did they play, you're able to win the Big 12 Championship and the Fiesta Bowl. And they had major contributions in it.
"Kenny Stills had a big play in the Nebraska game. Trey Millard had big plays in every game. It goes on and on. All those guys played not just roles but significant, strong roles. They made a difference."
WHO FROM 2011 CLASS MIGHT PLAY?
Which freshmen might contribute from the class signed in February? Stoops mentioned running back Brandon Williams, wide receiver Kameel Jackson and tight end Nila Kasitati.
"We'll have a few more," Stoops said. "I'll know more next week. We're kind of waiting until the end of this week to see."
SUPPORT FOR THE HAMMER
It's still uncertain whether junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis will be eligible to play in next week's season opener. Lewis is practicing with the team. Coaches and teammates are offering support.
“The main thing for Ronnell is he knows he's our guy,” said defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright. “We've made that clear to him. Once everything is resolved, and he's cleared, he'll be my guy. He knows that. He feels good about that.
“It's just a situation that nobody particularly is excited to go through, but we've got to go through it. And as adults, we've got to kind of help him get through it. There are times he might get his dobber down a little not knowing, because of the uncertainty. Anybody would feel that way.”
ANOTHER MICHIGAN OPTION?
Michigan tight end Chris Barnett has left the team, the third player this week to depart the Wolverines. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound freshman from Hurst, Texas, originally committed to OU before signing with Michigan.
Earlier this month Michigan linebacker Kellen Jones transferred to Oklahoma after originally signing with Michigan.
HUGHES A STARTER AT BC
Hampton Hughes, son of former OU and Dallas Cowboys star, Randy Hughes, could be Boston College's starting free safety in the season opener against Northwestern. Coaches moved Hughes, a preferred walk-on, from wide receiver to defensive back during two-a-days.
The starting job opened this week when Okechukwu Okoroha was dismissed from the team. Hughes, a junior, bolstered his chances by recording two tackles, two pass breakups and an interception in the final scrimmage.THREE PLAYERS GET NEW NUMBERS Clay (No. 3) is among three players who have changed numbers for the upcoming season. Fullback Marshall Musil switched to No. 20 and walk-on running back Dominique Whaley will wear No. 8.