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Friday, May 10, 2013
Crimson Countdown: S Quentin Hayes

By Brandon Chatmon

During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.

No. 10 Quentin Hayes
Safety, 6-foot-0, 181 pounds, junior

Impact thus far: Hayes is known more for his off-the-field issues than anything he has done between the white lines during his first three years at OU. He was suspended for the entire 2012 season for breaking team rules.

During his redshirt freshman season in 2011, Hayes played a role on OU’s special teams units. He finished with three tackles in eight games.

Expectations for 2013: Hayes is slated to start at one of the safety positions. Before he landed in Bob Stoops' doghouse, Hayes was coming on and likely would have played a role in OU’s defense in 2012 behind Tony Jefferson and Javon Harris. If he has returned to good standing he should play a significant role in this year’s defense.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Hayes becomes a difference-maker at safety, using his length and athleticism to boost the running and passing game. Despite being relatively inexperienced, he makes a seamless transition into playing full games thanks, in part, to being in the program for three years.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Hayes' inexperience shows even though he’s a junior and OU is forced to turn to true freshmen at the position.

SoonerNation's evaluation for Hayes: C. When he’s on the field he seems like a solid prospect. But he took himself off the field with his behavior before his sophomore season. And that’s part of evaluation, as he does nothing positive for the program while standing on the sidelines.

SoonerNation’s development grade for Hayes: B. The Sooners' development of Hayes was good before he got into trouble; he played a role on special teams and was poised to provide depth as a sophomore.