Ranking the Most Important on Defense: No. 8

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated continues on with this year's defensive countdown.

No. 8:

Player: Jamell Fleming

Position: Backup boundary corner

The rundown: The nation's leader last year in PBU's is a backup? That's exactly the case right now for Fleming, who's trying to win his spot back after not being enrolled at OU in the spring due to academic reasons. But the production last year speaks for itself. Fleming broke up 14 passes and picked off five for 59 yards. He also finished fifth on the team with 71 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss, one of which was a 14-yard sack.

Expectations for 2011: Fleming can and should expect to win his job back, considering his numbers last year. But corner Gabe Lynn's progress in the spring into this fall camp puts a dent in that. He has really progressed. So, realistically, Fleming will be in a three-man rotation with Lynn and Demontre Hurst as the three best corners. Fleming and Lynn are at the boundary position, while Hurst is at field. In all reality, though, Fleming will eventually be the starter, if he's not the first game of the season. He'll be productive both in PBU's and interceptions once again. Look for another big year.


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

No. 13: Javon Harris

No. 12: Casey Walker

No. 11: Gabe Lynn

No. 10: Aaron Colvin

No. 9: Tony Jefferson

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