Triple Option: Hatari Byrd at nickelback? 

August, 1, 2012
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Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. ESPN 300 safety Hatari Byrd's (Fresno, Calif./Central East) commitment to OU on Tuesday was the good news Sooners fans needed after a disastrous Monday. But how will Byrd be utilized when he gets to Oklahoma next summer? ESPN.com scout Billy Tucker says Byrd's strength is his physical style around the line of scrimmage. Tucker thinks Byrd could be moved up to help run support or even play the nickelback in Mike Stoops' defense. Remind you of anyone, Sooners fans?

2. Assuming Courtney Gardner gets his grades in order this fall and enrolls at Oklahoma for the spring 2013 semester, Gardner could play a similar role to freshman receiver Trey Metoyer in that he'll have a chance to practice for the entire spring with the Sooners before the 2013 season. With Gardner in 2013, OU's receiving corps could be elite.
Big 12 Playoff Hopes Rest On One Game
With Big 12 favorites Oklahoma and Baylor coming off possibly insurmountable losses, ESPN college football insider Brad Edwards says the best chance for conference representation in the College Football Playoff will be the Kansas State-TCU winner.
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