OU spring review: Cornerback

OU's spring review is almost done, finishing up with defensive backs. Up first - cornerbacks.

Spring football is done at Oklahoma. The Sooners were able to get everything they could from 14 practices and the spring game and now the focus goes toward the 2015 season.

So what did we learn? Sooners Illustrated is going to take a position-by-position approach to see what we know now (or what we don’t know) going forward at OU.

Cornerback

This is a position where the question was answered during the spring. Barring something incredibly crazy happening during the summer, you’re looking at Zack Sanchez and Jordan Thomas as the two starting cornerbacks for OU in 2015.

With first-year coach Kerry Cooks in the fold, he’s molding the guys into what he wants to see, and both Sanchez and Thomas seem to be very comfortable with what Cooks is looking for with the secondary.

Sanchez wasn’t 100 percent healthy during the spring, which helped get Thomas more and more reps, and he delivered.

Names like Dakota Austin and Stanvon Taylor will be involved, but Thomas has done quite a bit to solidify himself that No. 2 cornerback spot. Austin and Taylor both feel like guys who are responding more to what Cooks is coaching compared to the styles of Bobby Jack Wright and Mike Stoops.

The name to watch will be incoming freshman P.J. Mbanasor. He was on the cusp of the Scout 100 when the final rankings were released, and Cooks said he believes cornerbacks are able to make an immediate impact once they step onto campus.

Mbanasor could certainly be that guy. Thomas’ inexperience hurt OU, at times, in 2014, but those growing pains should make him and the Sooners a better team in 2015.

Cooks is slowly putting the pieces back together with OU’s secondary, and cornerback isn’t nearly as big of a question mark as it was for the Sooners a couple of months ago.


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