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You know what's impressive about this group? Coming into the Texas game, the Sooners had gotten just 2.5 sacks from their starting defensive ends. In other words, these guys have been asked to cover. And they're up to it. Tony Jefferson (highlighted below) is a future first- or second-round pick, and Demontre Hurst, Aaron Colvin and Javon Harris are all going to have good NFL careers. You saw it Saturday -- this is a pretty loaded group.
Honorable mention: Hard to do much better than Alabama's Dee Milliner, Deion Belue, Vinnie Sunseri and Robert Lester. LSU is also in the mix, as is Georgia. Quietly, USC is also really talented here.
Kiper: Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
Last year, as a true sophomore, Jefferson was asked to essentially play linebacker while weighing just 210 pounds. Coming off being named Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year at safety, the Sooners needed the help, and Jefferson is versatile enough to pull it off. So he managed 74 tackles, had 7.5 tackles for loss and even managed 4.5 sacks. Not bad, and also what you might expect from a linebacker -- except Jefferson also led the team in INTs, with four. This year, he's back at his more natural position of safety, and as you saw against Texas, he's all over the place and always making the right play. Jefferson has superb football awareness. He's an extremely fluid athlete and could play probably four or five positions on the field. A pro comparison? He's not quite at this level, but Earl Thomas of the Seahawks comes to mind because both of these guys are really complete players and have exceptional instincts in coverage and in knowing when to step up and fill. Jefferson currently carries a late-first grade on my Big Board.
This post was edited by James Hale 18 months ago
Good pub for the OU secondary. Only thing I didn't like was the comparison of Jefferson to (former UT player) Earl Thomas...ha...
Jefferson= bigger, more durable Bob Sanders
I would say Brian Dawkins .
It's been refreshing to see Stoops play mostly man coverage. They played it at KSU and Florida, but pretty much have been cover 2 at OU.
I'm glad we have the CBs to play it. No more Serh Doege playing pitch and catch in the soft spot of zones.
Absolutely. Just like the announcer said, he was impressed by OU's ability to play tight man coverage successfully. Very few QBs at the college level can make the throws to compete. Our secondary as a whole has been outstanding this year. Great to see.
Don't forget Demontre Hurst- he's no slouch!!! Hurst, Colvin and Jefferson are all NFL bound!
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