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State of the Sooners: Oklahoma’s defensive backfield entering the 2013 spring game

by Jason Kersey Modified: April 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm •  Published: April 8, 2013
Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin chose to return for his senior season rather than enter the 2013 NFL Draft. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin chose to return for his senior season rather than enter the 2013 NFL Draft. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s secondary lost starters Tony Jefferson, Javon Harris and Demontre Hurst off last season’s squad.

Continuing my unit-by-unit look at the 2013 Sooners, here’s a glance at Oklahoma’s defensive backfield entering Saturday’s spring game.

CORNERBACK
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
14; Aaron Colvin; Sr.; 6-0; 181
26; Zack Sanchez; RFr.; 5-11; 170

CORNERBACK
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
22; Cortez Johnson; So.; 6-2; 191
23; Kass Everett; Sr.; 5-10; 180

Cornerbacks analysis: Aaron Colvin returning for his senior season was a huge boost for this unit, which lost starter Demontre Hurst. Cortez Johnson, who sat out last season after transferring from Arizona, is starting at the other corner position and has impressed coaches through practice so far, although defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said Johnson remains “inconsistent.” Kass Everett didn’t play much last season in his first year on campus, but should help provide depth at a few different positions. Oklahoma signees L.J. Moore and Stanvon Taylor could earn some immediate playing time at cornerback once they arrive for the start of fall camp. The Sooners’ cornerback depth was hurt when sophomore Gary Simon was dismissed in February. Simon was thought to have a high ceiling, and would’ve competed for a starting spot in 2013.

FREE SAFETY
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
9; Gabe Lynn; Sr.; 6-0; 199
24; Trey Franks; Jr.; 5-10; 184

STRONG SAFETY
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
10; Quentin Hayes; Jr.; 6-0; 181
18; Ahmad Thomas; Fr.; 6-1; 199

NICKELBACK
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
2; Julian Wilson; Jr.; 6-2; 191
23; Kass Everett; Sr.; 5-10; 180

Safeties analysis: Gabe Lynn played nickelback last season, and is working as the Sooners’ starting free safety through spring practices. Hayes, coming off a year-long suspension, is pegged to start at strong safety, with true freshman and early enrollee Ahmad Thomas backing him up. Thomas has made a big impression so far, and could be expected to contribute heavily next season. Julian Wilson played dimeback last season, and is working as the starting nickelback. The Sooners’ depth here will be boosted when true freshman Hatari Byrd arrives this summer. Byrd, like Thomas, is another newcomer who could be destined for big things early in his career.

Here’s a full schedule for the “State of the Sooners” series:
Monday, 11 a.m.: Special teams
Monday, 2 p.m.: Defensive backs
Tuesday, 11 a.m.: Linebackers
Tuesday, 2 p.m.: Defensive linemen
Wednesday, 11 a.m.: Offensive linemen
Wednesday, 2 p.m.: Tight ends
Thursday, 11 a.m.: Wide receivers
Thursday, 2 p.m.: Running backs
Friday, 11 a.m.: Quarterbacks

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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