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OU notebook: Jefferson liked new position

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Published: August 11, 2011

When two-a-days began, coaches moved nickel back Tony Jefferson to free safety and weakside linebacker Corey Nelson to nickel back but ended the experiment when linebacker Travis Lewis suffered a broken toe.

"I was kind of getting used to playing free safety," Jefferson said. "We have to do what we have to do. It's tough Travis is out, but we have to move forward."

When Lewis returns, Jefferson wouldn't mind if coaches revisited the experiment.

"To tell you the truth, I really liked free safety, being far back, being able to read the quarterback," Jefferson said. "In the running game the offensive line doesn't really have it in their arsenal to block the free safety.

"At free (safety) you're wide open and can get a good lick on a running back. That's the type of guy I am. I like big hits."


Andy Staples of has ranked Oklahoma No. 1 in his preseason rankings with the following comment:

"No one would confuse Bob Stoops with John Lennon, but the greatest band of all time should be No. 1. Besides, Sooners quarterback Landry Jones would look great with a bowl cut.

"Week 3 at Florida State will be Oklahoma's Ed Sullivan Show. Knock out that performance, and the Sooners will get All the Poll Lovin' for as long as they keep winning.

"Still, there could be trouble on the horizon. Linebacker Travis Lewis will be sidelined for up to eight weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot this week. Has anyone spotted Yoko in Norman?"

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