The newness has worn off when discussing Oklahoma junior Michiah Quick moving from wide receiver to cornerback.
We know head coach Bob Stoops is excited, and we’ve heard Stoops say he originally thought the Sooners were looking at Quick as a defensive back coming out of high school.
The word has been mostly positive regarding Quick. There have been some iffy moments, but overall, his adjustment has been about as good as you could expect.
Quick is eager to show that as well.
“Much different in the tempo and mentality and how we’re going into it,” said Quick about the change of pace in camp. “Last couple of weeks was about focusing on the team and camp. Now we’re focusing on week 1, game 1. Now we’re game planning and getting ready to play.”
Quick is slotted at No. 2 at cornerback, behind Jordan Thomas. It says a lot about Quick’s natural athletic ability that he could be able to make that big of a leap in such a short period of time.
The biggest thing has been about staying focused. Quick said he’s going to have to make sure he stays locked in at all times.
This wasn’t a hasty decision. It wasn’t even Stoops or defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks’ call. They laid it all out for Quick and let him do what he felt was best.
“What I told him when he made the move is that he played a lot for us on offense so we’re not going to move him over to just play as a backup,” Cooks said. “We’re going to give him a real opportunity to play for us. I think he’s taken that serious. He still has a lot to learn from a mental aspect. But he’s executing, playing hard and he’s finishing.”
It remains to be seen if Quick will ever start for the Sooners at cornerback, but he doesn’t need to necessarily to make a difference. Cooks has preached all camp about wanting a true two-deep in the secondary to where he would feel comfortable putting Quick in to give Thomas a breather and not miss a beat.
Quick has been praised by coaches and teammates for his willingness to see the big picture and to put the team first when it came to this move.
The time for talking about the move is just about done. Now we’ll see just how ‘quick’ly Michiah picks it all up.