- Dane Beavers, College Sports Editor
Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.
1. After more than a week of bad news, the Sooners didn't lose anyone to injury, expulsion or homesickness on Tuesday. But there was some concerning news after practice as linebackers coach Tim Kish said starting middle linebacker Tom Wort was suffering from various ailments to his back, shoulder and ankle. Wort, arguably the Sooners' most important defensive player, has battle injuries throughout his career. For OU to play up to its potential this season, Wort must play like he did at Florida State last season.
2. The players continue to talk up freshmen defensive tackles Mike Onuoha and Charles Tapper -- defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland called them "amazing athletes" at OU media day -- and assistant coach Bobby Jack Wright praised them again on Tuesday, suggesting that they might not redshirt in 2012. But, in my opinion, there just aren't enough snaps available for them this season to warrant playing time. Why not give them a year of developmental time? Tapper, for instance, didn't work out with the team most of the summer and hasn't spent much time in a weight room. Give these guys time to learn and grow.
3. New Sooners receiver Justin Brown has already been annointed OU's primary punt returner. But who will be his backup? Keep an eye on freshmen wideouts Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal, who are both explosive.
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