The cornerstone of the 2013 class for Oklahoma is gone and another domino fell during the weekend for the Sooners.
Heading into the 2015 season, these are the guys that could be either juniors or redshirt sophomores. In other words, they’re the ones that start to become the leaders of the team. If not for 2015, then certainly for 2016.
Problem is not even in June 2015, and 36 percent of the class is already gone. And 24 percent (or six of them) are gone for the wrong reasons.
Redshirt sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young was the latest addition to the list as multiple sources confirmed Sunday he has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules.
It was a tough week for the class as just days before former five-star running back Keith Ford announced he was going to transfer from the program.
With that in mind, here is a look at the six players gone from the program from the 2013 class.
Wide receiver K.J. Young
Young had earned his way onto the field as a redshirt freshman and even started three games. Though he made some big catches on third downs, he never showed the ability to get separation from defenders or being a huge game-changer for the Sooners. An under the radar three-star prospect, Young has been dismissed from the program.
Running back Keith Ford
Through the first three games of last season, it looked like Ford was on his way to becoming the No. 1 back for the Sooners. After suffering a broken leg, though, he never was the same. His family admitted two months ago their son never recovered mentally or physically. Granted a full release by OU, the early favorite is for Ford to wind up at Texas A&M.
Wide receiver Dannon Cavil
Another wide receiver as the disturbing trend continues regarding some of the highly touted prospects recruited by former wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. Cavil never made an impact for the Sooners in any way before announcing mid-season he was leaving the program. Cavil, originally from San Antonio, has transferred to UTSA.
Defensive tackle Quincy Russell
Russell was once thought to be the savior of the defensive line for the Sooners. He got some early time during the 2013 season but never made the huge impact he was supposed to be. Russell was later dismissed from the team in the beginning portion of last season. On his Facebook page, Russell said OU coaches described him as a “cancer to the team.”
Cornerback L.J. Moore
He played limited time as a true freshman and seemed like he would be someone in contention for quality playing time going forward. He shocked a lot of people, though, when he decided he was leaving the program before the spring of last year. Wanting to be closer to home, Moore is now playing at a junior college in California.
Defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins
Huggins, originally committed to Texas A&M, flipped to OU and signed with the Sooners. Huggins never qualified academically for OU and played one season at Trinity Valley CC in Texas. The last report with Huggins was he was going to enlist in the U.S. Army but that stems from a report more than 12 months ago.
Punter Jed Barnett and offensive linemen Dionte Savage and Tony Feo were all members of the 2013 class as well. Savage signed as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins a couple of weeks ago. All three junior college transfers served their time at OU with no issues but their eligibility is over.