- Jake Trotter, ESPN Staff Writer
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During the regular season, defensive backs Tony Jefferson and Demontre Hurst rarely come off the field. But in the Red-White spring game, both had a chance to watch their teammates from the sideline for a change.
So, who caught their eye defensively?
“The one who really caught my eye was Q-Hayes,” Hurst said, referring to backup sophomore safety Quentin Hayes. “He really played solid. I was watching the secondary when I was off the field, and he was breaking to the ball, making good tackles and really just flying around. I was really impressed with him. He pretty much was the one who stuck out to me.”
Jefferson too singled out Hayes’ performance in the Red-White scrimmage, noting he “really liked what Quentin Hayes did.” Hayes finished the spring with four tackles, including one for loss.
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has said that he wants to use at least seven defensive backs next season. Hayes made a convincing argument during the spring for inclusion in the rotation as a backup safety.
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