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Friday, March 1, 2013
Position breakdown: Cornerback

By Jake Trotter

Oklahoma’s best recruiting job of the offseason was convincing Aaron Colvin to return for his senior year. Colvin gives the Sooners a premier lockdown coverman who will make opposing QBs think twice about throwing his way.

Good thing, too, because OU’s other cornerback spot is a major question mark on this defense going into the spring.

Aaron Colvin
Aaron Colvin will start at one cornerback spot for the Sooners. But the other starter is up in the air.
Gary Simon would have been a serious contender for the job opposite Colvin, except a couple of weeks ago he was dismissed from the squad. That basically leaves Arizona transfer Cortez Johnson, true freshmen Stanvon Taylor and L.J. Moore and Zack Sanchez to compete for the starting role.

Sanchez, however, could end up elsewhere. He bounced around the secondary during two-a-days last year, and his future could be at nickel or dime back -- especially if the Sooners are forced to move either Gabe Lynn or Julian Wilson to safety.

Johnson, who came over with Mike Stoops, likely has the inside track into the starting lineup. He played in eight games as a true freshman at Arizona, and started in two of them. Big and physical at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Johnson has the size that Stoops covets in his corners.

To win the job, though, Johnson will have to fight off Taylor, who could end up being the gem of this recruiting class. The Tulsa native played receiver in high school, but the Stoops brothers see ball skills and athleticism that remind them of Colvin. Because of his tremendous upside, Taylor will be given every opportunity to win a starting role.

Moore will start out as a corner, but like Sanchez he could end up bouncing around the secondary.

Kass Everett, who transferred in from junior college last year, is more likely to add depth and contribute on special teams than emerge as a starter at corner.