OU revisited: 2013 class

Final part of the series as Sooners Illustrated examines the early impact the Class of 2013 has made for OU so far.

National signing day is next week, and Oklahoma is heading into the annual February event with a lot of momentum. The 2014 class is coming along and the Sooners are looking to finish strong.

But before we start talking about the stars of tomorrow, Sooners Illustrated is going to look back at the last five classes to see how OU has gotten where it is heading into the 2014 season.

Class of 2013

Keith Ford (No. 5 RB)

Rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown. Missed three games because of injury and will have to work on fumbling issues. There is no question Ford could end up being the starting running back for 2014.

Hatari Byrd (No. 13 S)

Played in five games with three tackles. With Gabe Lynn graduating, 2014 should be the time for Byrd to assert himself.

Stanvon Taylor (No. 20 CB)

Started one game last season and had four tackles, while also playing a big role on special teams down the stretch. Opportunity will be there to start next season.

Matt Dimon (No. 23 DE)

Dimon had his season highlight with a blocked punt against Kansas. He had five tackles this season and played some at defensive line and a lot on special teams.

L.J. Moore (No. 24 CB)

Some might look at it as a waste of a redshirt as Moore only played in limited time in two games and had one tackle this season.

Ahmad Thomas (No. 36 S)

Saw spot time at safety but made his presence known as part of special teams throughout season. Finished with nine tackles and should definitely see the field more in 2014.

Jordan Evans (No. 45 OLB)

Missed the last five games of the season with a leg injury, but he will be OK going forward. Registered 12 tackles and was key to special teams during early part of season.

Austin Bennett (No. 69 WR)

Like Moore, Bennett only played in two games with two receptions for 23 yards. Impressed coaches and players during bowl practices and will get more action in 2014.

Dominique Alexander (No. 88 S)

The No. 1 success story of the class. Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year by AP and Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year by coaches. Injury to Corey Nelson put Alexander on the spot, and he delivered with 80 tackles. Could be best defensive player for OU in 2014.

Dakota Austin (No. 134 CB)

Played in five games and had first interception of career. Austin finished with four tackles and is one of several in the running to start at corner for 2014.

Quincy Russell (JC DT)

Had three tackles in two games. Missed a lot of time because of a back injury and very possible a medical redshirt year will be asked for and received.

Jed Barnett (JC P)

Huge year for Barnett who won the punting job before the season. Averaged 41.7 yards per kick with 22 of them dropped inside the 20 yard line and 11 that were at least 50 yards.

Dionte Savage (JC OG)

Came out of nowhere to start at left guard for the Sugar Bowl and did a great job. A mountain of mass that should get a chance in 2014 after getting more comfortable this season.

Tony Feo (JC OG)

Came in and did a great job in special teams, especially on punt protection. Has done everything that is asked of him.

Redshirt: QB Cody Thomas; DE D.J. Ward; DT Charles Walker; OT Christian Daimler; DE Obo Okoronkwo; WR K.J. Young; WR Dannon Cavil; WR Jordan Smallwood; OT Josiah St. John.

Not on team: DT Kerrick Huggins.

Rank: No. 15 (25 signees).

Breakdown: Obviously this remains to be seen, but it's a good sign that only one player isn't on the roster and that was only because Huggins didn't qualify academically. Players like Ford and Alexander have the potential to be remembered for a long time and certainly this class hasn't hurt OU at this time.

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