Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Steven Parker completes secondary sweep

Sophomore plays nickel back, safety and cornerback this season for OU

Oklahoma defensive back Steven Parker quickly laughed when asked Monday whether or not he was going to take a few reps at middle linebacker this week.

“I’ll probably focus on just one position,” Parker said with a smile. 

Just seven games in to the season, Parker has completed the secondary sweep – playing nickel back, safety and cornerback. With the Oklahoma back end depleted against Texas Tech, Parker had to step in to cornerback when the Sooners had no one else to put in his place. 

Nothing happened on the few plays Parker was playing on the outside, after Zack Sanchez, P.J. Mbanasor, Will Johnson and Dakota Austin were all slowed by injury.

 “They didn’t come at me at all,” Parker said. “It wouldn’t have surprised me if that did. That’s usually what happens. Usually they pick on the new guy that’s in there.” 

Oklahoma allowed just 253 passing yards against Texas Tech, which had the second-best passing offense in the nation before Saturday. The Red Raiders finished almost 200 yards shy of their season average.

Parker wasn’t surprised that the coaches called upon him. He said Monday that he believes he can play cornerback, nickel back and safety at a high level. He was shocked that Oklahoma ran out of cornerbacks last weekend and had to turn to him.

“I didn’t think that it would ever come to that point,” Parker said.

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