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Who will emerge in ‘09 for the Sooners?

JAKE TROTTER Modified: June 8, 2009 at 8:35 am •  Published: June 8, 2009
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Entered the offseason in the doghouse after being suspended for the national title game by Stoops for an undisclosed reason; but had a terrific spring capped by a strong showing in the Red-White Spring Game at cornerback, prompting Stoops to point out afterward that he "had fun watching” Jackson play.

Emmanuel Jones, Sr., safety
A junior-college transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma, Jones ended up starting the spring game because of a rash of injuries in the defensive backfield and held his own; should be part of the safety rotation, which no one could’ve predicted before the spring.

David King, Fr., defensive end
Beat out R.J. Washington for the fourth defensive end spot in the spring, no small feat, considering Washington was the top prep defensive end a couple of years ago; still somewhat raw, but like Alexander has a ton of upside with his 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame.

Brian Lepak, Jr., center/guard
Transfer from Colorado State has turned out to be a lifesaver for the interior of the offensive line, which lost three players (Kody Cooke, Jason Hannan and Alex Williams) during the offseason; is still a walk-on, but is sure to earn a scholarship as OU’s top backup at guard or center.