OU outlook: Cornerback

Spring football is almost here. Sooners Illustrated continues its preview for 2014 looking at OU's cornerbacks.

The 2013 season is in the rear view mirror for Oklahoma. And while 2014 isn't quite here just yet, never too early to start talking how the team is shaping up.

With spring football less than a week away, here's an early look at how the Sooners are shaping up at all positions.

Cornerback

The starter:

Zack Sanchez. Much like at wide receiver where Sterling Shepard is the guy and then wondering who is after that, it's the same at cornerback.

Sanchez went through the absolute ringer last season. It wasn't all good, but he never stopped fighting. His weakness was double moves, but he was far and away the team leader in pass breakups and recorded his first two interceptions in the last three games.

Next in line:

And the race is on. Stanvon Taylor started one game last season. Cortez Johnson saw some time. Dakota Austin had an interception in limited time. L.J. Moore might have been lurking in there as well but left the program last week.

All three are viable options, but the Sooners need at least one or two of them to set themselves apart moving forward. It's too early to say who that guy is going to be right now. You could make a case for all of them, but Taylor might have the slight edge right now.

On the radar:

It's going to be tough for Tito Windham to crack this group, at least this season. Windham is so much smaller compared to the rest of the crop that it will be intriguing to see how he fares against much bigger receivers.

Jordan Thomas, who most thought was going to be a safety, is going to play cornerback for OU, but it's tough to imagine as 2014 as his time to shine.

Nickelback

No reason to mess with a good thing here so fully expect Julian Wilson to remain the guy at this spot. Based on recruitment, it feels like his natural successor is going to be freshman Marcus Green. Because of Green's size and versatility, he should make for a solid nickelback going forward.


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