Roundtable: OU freshmen to watch in 2012 

August, 9, 2012
Which true freshmen -- outside of the receivers -- should fans keep an eye on in 2012?

Trey Metoyer and Sterling Shepard have garnered most of the praise through the first week of the season. But another freshman could have a big impact, on special teams and maybe even offense. Jenks running back Alex Ross quietly had an outstanding summer. The former track standout has speed to burn and is already drawing consideration to return kicks. The Sooners are deep in the backfield with Dominique Whaley, Brennan Clay and Damien Williams. But if the Sooners didn't think Ross could help them right away, wouldn't they redshirt him? All signs point to Ross playing immediately. And down the line, he could turn into one special running back.

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Courtesy of Ervin PhotographyFreshman tailback Alex Ross will get a chance to return kickoffs for the Sooners in 2012.
- Jake Trotter
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