Young potential looks to mature at Oklahoma

For Oklahoma, the spring will be all about freshman potential turning into sophomore production for one of college football’s best defenses a season ago.

Linebacker Ronnell Lewis looked like he’d perfected his impression of a bullet train on special teams in December’s Sun Bowl, plowing over kick returners on a couple occasions, but El Paso wasn’t the only place he showed his ability to hit. Lewis made mop-up duty his playground last season in the Sooners’ blowout wins.

Cornerback Demontre Hurst drew compliments from Bob Stoops as soon as fall camp began, and looked ready to start in just his first season for Oklahoma, which now must move on without both of last season’s starting cornerbacks.

Linebacker Tom Wort missed all of last season after tearing his ACL, but drew similar compliments as Hurst before injuring his knee.

Adding those three to a solid core in linebacker Travis Lewis and defensive ends Jeremy Beal and Frank Alexander should result in yet another possibly dominant season for the Sooner D.