June 7, 2007

Defensive talent resides at corner

One of the biggest areas of strength on the Oklahoma defense heading into the 2007 season has to be the cornerback position. The Sooners return several veterans with starting experience at one of the most crucial positions in the OU defense.

There were some changes this spring as Reggie Smith made the switch from starting strong safety to starting cornerback. And his move was not just an experiment as Smith heads into the summer as the Sooners starting wide corner.

But that's been the plan all along with Smith. The question now becomes whether he can stay at that position throughout the season. That will be determined on whether D.J. Wolfe, Keenan Clayton or Nic Harris can be the answer for Oklahoma at the strong safety spot.

But with Marcus Walker and Lendy Holmes also returning, the Sooners have several candidates with solid experience and production at the cornerback position heading into the fall.

Reggie Smith - Smith has been as selfless a player as any on the OU defense over the last two seasons. It's no secret that Smith has wanted to man the cornerback position since arriving at Oklahoma.

But during his first two years on campus, he gave up that desire to do what was best for the team as he took over the strong safety position. When it looked like Keenan Clayton was going to be the answer in 2006, Smith started out as a starting cornerback for the first time.

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