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OU 17-for-2017: Has Ricky DeBerry found a home in changing positions?

OU 17-for-2017 rolls on wondering if Ricky DeBerry has found a home with the Sooners defense?

It’s about that time again. Expectations are high. Questions abound. Yep, it’s time for Oklahoma spring football.

The Sooners, coming off an 11-2 season where they won the Big 12 championship and the Sugar Bowl, will no doubt be expected to be in the national championship and playoff hunt once again.

The calendar turns to March. The page officially turns to 2017, and although things look rosy for OU, there are still plenty of unanswered questions going forward.

What are those? That’s where Sooners Illustrated comes in. We’ll take a look at one pressing question each day leading up to OU starting spring practice March 21. The spring game is April 8.

Sooners Illustrated’s 17 questions for spring 2017

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Has Ricky DeBerry found a home? Does he have a home?

It’s wrong to call DeBerry a bust, but it’s not wrong to say he hasn’t exactly produced anything worth mentioning yet.

Maybe no fault of his own, but the former five-star prospect has yet to make a real dent in his two years in Norman.

Let’s be fair and wipe out the first year as he was still struggling with a shoulder injury suffered in high school and trying to get back to 100 percent.

Last year was a tricky one to navigate. When he was in, though not spectacular, DeBerry did what was asked of him to do. In his first (and only) start vs. Kansas, he didn’t look out of place.

Could just be the wrong position at the wrong time. Between Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Caleb Kelly, not a lot of time to be had right now.

DeBerry realized it and started prepping at inside linebacker heading into the Sugar Bowl. He’s trying to make the move inside to see if it can help get him on the field and help the Sooners in the long run.

Head coach Bob Stoops said DeBerry’s body type was why DeBerry wouldn’t move inside when asked midway through the 2016 season, so we’ll see what sort of adjustments have been made.

This could be DeBerry’s last chance to make an impression. With the top talent coming in, he needs to not fall behind. He needs to find a home. What this spring could help with is learning if that home is indeed at Norman or if he might be better somewhere else?

He has the talent, but he has to see where his piece fits in this puzzle.


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