Martinez to coach secondary, Wright moves to DEsWillie Martinez, the newest hire for the Oklahoma coaching staff, will coach defensive backs. Bobby Jack Wright, formerly the defensive backs coach, will fill the hole left by Chris Wilson at defensive ends. Wilson left to become the defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator at Mississippi State last month. Martinez was the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2005-09 and secondary coach from 2000-09 before coming to Oklahoma. "They have very similar concepts and run their defense very similar to what we do,” said Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. "He’s a very knowledgeable guy with great experience and I think he’ll help strengthen our staff. I’m excited about it.” Wright previously coached defensive ends for Oklahoma from 1999-2004.
Spring practice lineup becomes clearerCenter Ben Habern, offensive lineman Jarvis Jones and defensive tackle Adrian Taylor all are expected to miss spring practice with injuries. Running back Jonathan Miller is doubtful with a knee injury. Offensive lineman/tight end Eric Mensik underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery, but the damage was less than anticipated, and Mensik will be able to participate in spring practices. Receiver Brandon Caleb will also participate after recovering from an ankle injury suffered during the season. Stoops also added that defensive back Javon Harris could likely receive time at running back during spring practices.
Recruits expected to qualify academicallyStoops said all 28 Sooner signees are expected to qualify academically. Kenny Stills, a receiver from La Costa Canyon in California, is an early enrollee but is waiting to hear back on an issue with the NCAA Clearinghouse, and has yet to sign his letter of intent. Four other OU signees (OL Bronson Irwin, DB Tony Jefferson, WR Sheldon McClain and OL Austin Woods) have enrolled early. McClain is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in September. BY DAVID UBBEN
Martinez to coach secondary, Wright moves to DEs