Spring quotes to note: LB

Of the eight linebackers first-year defensive coordinator Brent Venables currently has on the roster, seven are going through spring practice.

Corico Hawkins started in 11 games at middle linebacker last season. (Roy Philpott)
Jonathan Willard
Corico Hawkins
Quandon Christian
Spencer Shuey
Stephone Anthony
Lateek Townsend
Tony Steward
B.J. Goodson

What they're saying…
"I'm just coming in to work. Whatever happens, happens. I'm here to work, compete. We're all competing from the spring to the summer."

"Right now, he's got me learning WILL, which leaves the box some. He's got me learning WILL and MIKE."

"This is my first-time going through spring practice, so I'm kind of new to this thing. The older guys are showing me the ropes and how things go so far. It's been good."

"From the first-day we got the film, I don't know how many hours [watched], just trying to get everything down pat. Just trying to see how they do it, just basically watching [Oklahoma film]."

"I think, the beauty of what [Anthony] can do, is kind of based on what other guys can do. I do think, athletically, intelligently and instinctually, he can do a lot of things. He can do more than one thing. Some guys are just built to do a certain thing. I think the little bit that I know -- the little bit that I've seen, I think he gives you a little bit of flexibility."

"We're just rotating. Several guys are just kind of taking turns. We're developing, getting an opportunity, both mentally and physically. They have an opportunity to compete. Things are wide-open. We've said all along that we'll judge by a body of work. It's one thing, what you've done in the past, but has zero to do with what you do in the future. It matters what you do now. We want guys to know there's a fighting chance, and an evaluation process going on every day."
-Brent Venables

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