Freshmen to see time at OU

OU coach Bob Stoops released all the Class of 2013 signees he expects to make an impact for the Sooners this season.

Recruits get told the same thing year after year about being able to come in immediately and play. At Oklahoma, it's not just a recruiting tool. It's the truth.

OU coach Bob Stoops released the list of signees from the Class of 2013 he expects to see immediate action this season Tuesday evening.

On offense, running back Keith Ford and wide receivers Austin Bennett and Dannon Cavil were named. Among the linemen, all three junior college signees were said in Tony Feo, Josiah St. John and Dionte Savage.

Defensively, linemen Matt Dimon, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Quincy Russell and Charles Walker made the cut. Both linebackers, Dominique Alexander and Jordan Evans, will see time as coaches and players alike have raved about their start to camp. Nobody in the secondary was left out as cornerbacks Stanvon Taylor, L.J. Moore and Dakota Austin were named as were safeties Ahmad Thomas and Hatari Byrd.

Punter Jed Barnett is going to be in the mix and is fighting for the starting position.

Defensive end D.J. Ward has not been ruled out of consideration. Ward had his spleen removed last week and will be out at least another month.

Names not mentioned include quarterback Cody Thomas, offensive tackle Christian Daimler and wide receivers Jordan Smallwood and K.J. Young. Defensive tackle Matthew Romar was the only defensive name not said.

Thomas was given a chance to compete, but the plan all along has been if he didn't start, he would redshirt so no shock there.

Daimler knew going into camp a redshirt year was most likely in the cards. Smallwood's foot injury made it an easy decision to give him a year to recover, while Young might have been the most surprising. From all reports, Young has done a great job in the last month.

Romar can still work his way back into the mix, but the reviews have been very high on Walker and Russell. Tuesday was the first day of full pads practice for Russell and Stoops and players raved about how talented he is.


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