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Hatari Byrd dismissed from Sooners

Hatari Byrd is no longer with the OU football team, confirmed Bob Stoops on Monday evening.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirmed Monday evening linebacker Hatari Byrd is no longer part of the program, dismissed for a violation of team rules.

Byrd, who had been a safety his first three seasons in Norman, was being moved to linebacker this spring to see if he could make the adjustment.

A four-star prospect coming out of high school, Byrd saw the field a considerable amount of time as a sophomore and a junior but never made the impact he was hoping for or what OU coaches thought he could do.

Byrd was known as a violent hitter, for sure, but was eventually replaced in the starting lineup midway through last season and basically never played another meaningful down after the loss to Texas.

“He’ll (transfer) with our blessing and make somebody a good hand,” Stoops said.

Byrd is the second 2013 class member from Fresno (Calif.) Central East to leave the team. Former four-star cornerback L.J. Moore left following his freshman season and is now in junior college.

Byrd will have to sit out this season, per NCAA transfer rules, but he will be eligible to play for a Division I team in 2017 if that’s the way he chooses to go.

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