OU spring review: Cornerback

Corneback competition is fierce at OU and continues to be that way following spring practice.

A lot of questions were asked before Oklahoma started spring practice. Some were answered, some are still to be decided, while new ones popped up.

SoonersIllustrated.com is going to take a position-by-position look of what we learned about the Sooners from spring practice during the next couple of weeks.


The biggest question mark of the spring with so many possibilities that could end up being the solution. One thing that is for sure is sophomore Zack Sanchez is going to man one of the spots. Coming off a great redshirt freshman season, he knows what to expect.

The issue remains who will join him? Based off spring performances, the leader in the clubhouse is sophomore Dakota Austin. He seemed to be the most consistent and also the player who made the most amount of big-time plays.

Sophomore Stanvon Taylor had his moments but didn't close out spring as well as he would have liked. The game still feels like it's too fast for Taylor at times. He won't start if that continues.

Cortez Johnson is lurking in the distance, but it still doesn't appear like he is ready to make the leap into the starting role.

One name who didn't participate in spring was Julian Wilson. Serving as OU's nickelback last season, Wilson could slide into a cornerback role, especially with the one-two punch of Eric Striker and Geneo Grissom as outside linebackers in a true 3-4 front.

Wilson has the speed, but he has never been tested to be a true cover cornerback, and it's very much up in the air how he would fare in that type of position.

OU is getting three quality signees in Tito Windham, Jordan Thomas and Marcus Green, but it's hard to envision any of the three making a huge splash. They should get some reps just like the 2013 class did during the fourth quarter of games OU has full control.

Projected depth chart







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