Haney: OU safety group has high ceiling

July, 5, 2012
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ESPN Insider's Travis Haney wrote today about college football position groups Insider with the greatest potential for growth and highest ceilings. He included Oklahoma's safeties -- Tony Jefferson and a combination of Javon Harris and Aaron Colvin -- on his list. Here's what Haney wrote:

The ball sailed over their heads quite a bit last season, when the Sooners gave up 241.5 passing yards a game (79th in FBS), but Mike Stoops is back at OU and he didn't wait long to start making personnel changes.

Tony Jefferson was a more natural fit at free safety than linebacker -- Jefferson played free the final two games of the season in 2011 -- and Javon Harris, often the goat on the breakdowns, moved to the strong side. That's where Aaron Colvin had been, but he was injured in the spring. He could still stick at strong, if Harris doesn't pan out, but the preference is that he play the corner opposite Demontre Hurst.

With Jefferson and some combination of Colvin and Harris, this unit figures to be a lot stronger. The Stoopses are counting on it. And for a team that took two of its three losses last season in large part because of a leaky pass defense (a combined 920 passing yards allowed in losses to Texas Tech and Baylor), that could be a real difference-maker in 2012.

What do you think? Read the rest of Haney's post here. Insider

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