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OU Spring Game report card: Secondary gets a B

by Jenni Carlson Published: April 14, 2012

Punt Return: D

This one is actually more of an incomplete. The Sooners didn't return a punt all day, which is understandable considering the high-speed collisions that can cause serious injuries. But instead of getting an incomplete, it gets a D grade because the Sooner returners fair caught only one punt all afternoon. The catch is one of the toughest parts of the return. To not practice it, regardless of the situation? That is crazy.

Big Boomer Barbecue: A

The first-time pre-spring-game event was a rousing success. Nearly 1,000 fans turned out, and the barbecue vendors sold out of their tasty fare. Organizers said that had the weather been good, they couldn't have handled the crowd. Next year, they're planning to make it even bigger and better.

Use of Trey Millard: A

Like Jones, Millard didn't see much playing time Saturday, but what we did see was welcome. He lined up several times as a running back and had three carries for 21 yards. That's the type of production that the Sooner run game can definitely use come next season.

Defensive line: B

The defensive front didn't get much pressure on the quarterbacks, but the line went without several key players. Casey Walker, Stacy McGee and R.J. Washington were held out of the spring game because of injuries. All three of them have a chance to be starters in the fall. Veterans David King and Jamarkus McFarland along with newcomer Jordan Phillips performed well in their absence.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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