What we know about OU after two-a-days

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: August 20, 2011
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Sophomore Roy Finch has good speed and will be in the mix, sometimes playing in the slot. True freshman Brandon Williams is the most talented but is still learning the offense. Jonathan Miller and Dominique Whaley might be given a few carries.

4. Tony Jefferson is staying put (for now)

The Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year is a hard hitter with improving cover skills. Jefferson played so well last season coaches experimented moving the San Diego-area product to free safety early in two-a-days.

When Lewis went down with the toe injury, Jefferson moved back to “Roy backer,” the position he played last year, a hybrid linebacker/safety spot named after former star Roy Williams. Joseph Ibiloye, Jefferson's backup, turned some heads during two-a-days, so there's a chance Jefferson might move to free safety when Lewis returns.

5. Wide receiver is the team's biggest strength

Quarterback Landry Jones connected 131 times with All-American Ryan Broyles last season. But if defenses choose to double-team Broyles — which is difficult against a slot receiver — Jones has other weapons he can exploit man-to-man coverage.

Kenny Stills set freshman records last year. A big-play threat, Stills produced three touchdown catches of 49 yards or longer. Senior Dejuan Miller is fully recovered from a knee injury. Trey Franks steadily elevated his game throughout his freshman season. Jaz Reynolds is back in good graces following a year he redshirted.


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