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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Roundtable: Spring game standouts

By SoonerNation staff

Every Thursday, the SoonerNation staff will answer a roundtable question about OU football. Leave a comment or talk about it in our "There's Only One" forum.

Today's question: Which new Sooner will open fans' eyes in the spring game on Saturday and be talked about all summer?

Ahmad Thomas
Could true freshman Ahmad Thomas start immediately for the Sooners?
• In recent years, it has been a freshman wide receiver that has opened fans' eyes in the spring game: Kenny Stills in 2010; Trey Metoyer in 2012. There's a good chance that another freshman wide receiver will do the same on Saturday. Dannon Cavil has been terrific since returning from spring break, making play after play in OU's closed practices and scrimmages. Just Tuesday, Bob Stoops said Cavil "definitely" has a chance to help the Sooners in the fall. Here's a prediction that he'll show the rest of us why on Saturday.
- Jake Trotter

Cortez Johnson was an afterthought as he sat out during the 2012 season following his transfer from Arizona. My prediction? The sophomore cornerback will make a stellar debut on Saturday. His combination of size, athleticism and ball skills is difficult to find and will be on full display in the spring game as he tries to secure a starting spot opposite All-Big 12 cornerback Aaron Colvin. With teams unlikely to test Colvin in the fall, Johnson will start making a case that teams should think twice before testing him as well, beginning with a multi-interception performance in the Red-White game.
- Brandon Chatmon

• Safety Ahmad Thomas has been waiting for this moment. Confident enough to commit to OU last spring despite not seeing the campus until November, Thomas' confidence hasn't been shaken yet. Coming from such a powerhouse like Miami (Fla.) Central High, the adjustment has been a little bit easier for Thomas than for some other recruits or junior college kids. OU fans are rightfully excited about ESPN 300 safety Hatari Byrd stepping onto campus in June, but the Sooners are starting to realize just how big of a steal it was to get Thomas. Saturday is the first time he'll show why you should be excited. But it won't be the last time.
- Bob Przybylo