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Monday, April 16, 2012
Triple option: Questions on defensive line

By Jake Trotter

Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. Coming out of the spring, the biggest question answered is the secondary. To me, that was the biggest concern going into the spring, considering the Sooners struggled in several games last season, and then had to replace cornerback Jamell Fleming, who might have been their best DB over the last two years. But the secondary seems to have really responded to Mike Stoops, and other than the jump-ball bomb to Jaz Reynolds, didn't give up any big passing plays in the Red-White game.

The Sooners did it too without one of the their covermen in Aaron Colvin (shoulder), who figures to move to cornerback in the fall to fill the void left by Fleming. With budding stars like Colvin and Tony Jefferson and a lock-down corner in Demontre Hurst, the secondary looks like the strength of the defense.

2. Coming out of the spring game, the biggest question that remains for me is defensive line. Stacy McGee, Casey Walker and R.J. Washington didn't play, but on the first two series, the offense ran Trey Millard off-tackle at will. If the D-line can't pressure the QB with its front four, that will put added pressure on a secondary that was shaky at times last season.

3. Some young players that caught my eye in the spring game: QB Kendal Thompson (he's telegraphing his pass right now, but that footwork is a gift you can't coach); RB Danzel Williams (not sure where he fits into the backfield, but he can really catch the ball); DT Jordan Phillips (potential difference-maker up front); DE Chuka Ndulue (quietly has become the No. 3 DE); CB Lamar Harris (he's not young, but this is his first time under the microscope); OT Derek Farniok (you can't teach size); CB Julian Wilson (adds depth to a secondary that suddenly has a lot of it); TE Taylor McNamara (put his homesickness behind him, has hands); and this WR guy named Trey Metoyer, whom I'm sure you've heard about.

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