Ranking the Most Important on Defense: No. 13

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated is another day closer to No. 1 on the defensive countdown inside.

No. 13:

Player: Javon Harris

Position: Starting free safety

The rundown: Harris was a big time contributor in last year's Bedlam win over Oklahoma State. When Jonathan Nelson went down, he stepped in and recorded a career-high eight tackles. Harris also blocked a punt out of the end zone against Colorado, which resulted in a safety, forced a fumble against Baylor and recovered one against Air Force. The 5-foot-11, 207-pound DB picked up 28 total tackles, including 1.5 for loss, as well as that forced fumble, fumble recovery and a PBU last season. He played in 13 of OU's 14 games in 2010 and also participated in five during 2009 as part of the special teams group.

Expectations for 2011: He stood as the odd man out just days ago with OU's plan to shift Tony Jefferson back to safety and move Corey Nelson into the Sam/nickel position. That all changed, however, when weak side linebacker Travis Lewis went down. Harris regained solid position at free and is the starter there. At the last line of defense, Harris' role is very important and they'll need consistency and leadership out of him.


No. 25: Julian Wilson

No. 24: James Haynes

No. 23: Geneo Grissom

No. 22: Joe Powell

No. 21: Quentin Hayes

No. 20: Torrea Peterson

No. 19: Jaydan Bird

No. 18: R.J. Washington

No. 17: David King

No. 16: Sam Proctor

No. 15: Joseph Ibiloye

No. 14: Stacy McGee

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