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OU football notebook: Sooners' 2010 recruiting class continuing to stand out

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: August 25, 2011 at 4:28 pm •  Published: August 25, 2011

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."


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."


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.

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