Lamar Harris steps up to fill void on defense

April, 18, 2012
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This season is the final go-around for Oklahoma cornerback Lamar Harris. The senior has seen only spot duty in 13 games in his first three seasons.

Harris knew he had to step up for the Sooners and he has this spring at the cornerback position opposite Demontre Hurst. He was solid in the spring game, finishing with four tackles.

“Lamar did good,” safety Tony Jefferson said. “He knew from the get-go he had to make an improvement. I was real impressed with him today.”

At 6-foot-1, 187 pounds, Harris brings good size to the position and was in solid position during pass coverages throughout the spring game.

“He played well,” Hurst said. “I know it’s kind of hard playing on the boundary (corner) but basically it comes down to technique. He didn’t give up any big plays or extravagant plays that hurt the defense. Overall, he did good.”

If Harris continues his strong play, he could give defensive coordinator Mike Stoops the option to leave junior Aaron Colvin at safety instead of moving him to cornerback for next season.

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