April 18, 2006

They're Back!

The story of the 2006 spring football season was the defense. After fifteen practices in Norman it appears the defense is on the verge of becoming dominant once again at Oklahoma. The Sooners are actually bringing back more players on defense than they are losing heading into the 2006 season. Larry Birdine, John Williams and Alonzo Dotson all return to form a fierce rotation at defensive end. But the story of the spring has to be the defensive secondary where Reggie Smith's move to corner made a huge impact for Bobby Jack Wright's troops.

"Reggie moving over to cornerback was just exceptional," said Bob Stoops. "He is such a bright, smart player with great anticipation. He's a big corner with great change of direction and ball skills and all of that showed up. He really played in a great way throughout the spring and looked awesome out there."

Lendy Holmes also made a major impression with his move from wide receiver to cornerback and it appears he'll be a part of the Sooners' plans defensively when they go to nickel and dime situations next season. D.J. Wolfe may have been overshadowed by Smith during the spring, but he also had outstanding performances at the other starting cornerback spot.

But one player which could turn up the heat on opposing offenses is Nic Harris. Harris is a very talented safety and he started to take flight late in the spring sessions.

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