Oklahoma Sooners: Freshman update

Freshman update: OL Kyle Marrs 

January, 17, 2013
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Oklahoma could use some young depth along its offensive interior. Its 2013 interior offensive line looks strong but the situation at guard after the upcoming season is layered with question marks.

The Sooners are hoping redshirting freshman Kyle Marrs can develop into an anchor at guard. A high school tackle, Marrs has spent the past five months making the transition to the offensive interior.

Freshman update: TE Sam Grant 

January, 10, 2013
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It’s happened on more than one occasion.

Oklahoma defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright has gotten in the ear of David King, filling the practice air with choice words for the Sooners senior. And one redshirting freshman was to blame for King’s predicament.

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Freshman update: Charles Tapper 

January, 3, 2013
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Charles Tapper was a pleasant surprise when he played his way out of a redshirt season during Oklahoma’s fall camp last August. The defensive end has a limited football background, yet his physical gifts were too much to ignore as the Sooners elected to play him in limited reps during his freshman season.

OU hopes getting Tapper’s feet wet in 2012 will pay off in 2013. And the early signs point to the true freshman making positive steps toward becoming a key member of OU’s defensive line as a sophomore.


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Freshman update: DT Jordan Wade 

December, 27, 2012
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As other players at his position have been focused on securing another 10-win season for Oklahoma, defensive tackle Jordan Wade has been focused on making an impact in 2013.

Opportunities abound for Wade, with three of four rotation players at defensive tackle leaving the program after the AT&T Cotton Bowl. The redshirting freshman spent the fall trying to improve his technique and skills at defensive tackle.


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Freshman update: RB Alex Ross 

December, 20, 2012
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Oklahoma doesn’t need Alex Ross to make an impact next season. But don’t be surprised if the redshirting running back sees playing time in 2013. Why? Because Ross brings a unique combination of size, at 6-foot-1, and terrific speed at 204 pounds.

Asked about Ross's most impressive trait, fellow running back Brennan Clay didn’t have to think twice.

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Courtesy of Ervin PhotographyFreshman tailback Alex Ross has impressed teammates with his speed.
“His speed, of course,” Clay said. “He’s putting on weight and he’s done a great job with the scout team, giving the defense a great look. He’s young and he’s learning. I’m excited to see him get on the field."

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Freshman update: CB Gary Simon 

December, 6, 2012
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He’s raw, he’s young and inexperienced. Yet, he could have one of the highest long-term upsides of the freshmen on Oklahoma's roster.

Cornerback Gary Simon is just starting to tap into his potential. A high school standout on the basketball court, Simon has spent his first season on campus learning the cornerback position and preparing himself to become a bigger part of OU’s defense in 2013.


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Freshman update: QB Trevor Knight 

November, 29, 2012
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R.J. Washington has a message for anyone who wants to hand the Oklahoma starting quarterback job to Blake Bell heading into the 2013 season.

“Everybody’s excited ... but people have to watch out for Trevor [Knight],” the Sooners defensive end said. “Don’t count him out, he’s going to surprise a lot of people.”

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Courtesy of Trevor KnightRedshirting quarterback Trevor Knight has impressed teammates running the scout team this fall.
Quarterback Trevor Knight has been redshirting during his first season on campus and running the scout team with efficiency against OU’s No. 1 defense in practice.

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Freshman update: DB Zack Sanchez 

November, 15, 2012
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Zack Sanchez doesn’t expect to see the field this season.

But the Oklahoma defensive back hasn’t changed his mental approach in practice.


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Freshman update: DE Mike Onuoha 

November, 8, 2012
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At this time last year, Mike Onuoha didn’t even have a scholarship offer from Oklahoma.

After receiving an OU offer in January and signing with the Sooners, the freshman defensive end is leaving a strong impression on his teammates this fall. He played his way out of a redshirt season in August and has seen spot duty in blowout games. Onuoha has four tackles and one quarterback hurry in four games played.

Although Onuoha has seen very limited game action this season, the 6-foot-5, 235 pound freshman is improving.

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Freshman update: WR Derrick Woods 

November, 1, 2012
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It would be easy to consider Derrick Woods the forgotten man.

The Oklahoma true freshman joined Sterling Shepard, Trey Metoyer and Durron Neal as Sooners signees in February at the receiver position. Metoyer started his first four games in crimson and cream, Shepard has shown flashes of being a difference-maker and Neal has played well when given the opportunity.

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John Albright/Icon SMIFreshman receiver Derrick Woods is new to the position but has impressed teammates.
All three have enjoyed moments in the spotlight this season.

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