Loadholt Impresses, Harris Makes a Move

Phil Loadholt and Nic Harris are two of the Sooners who are looking to improve their NFL stock by playing in the UnderArmour Senior Bowl.

Phil Loadholt, a 6-foot-8, 343-pound offensive tackle has also grabbed a lot of attention during the Senior Bowl activities for his impressive physique.

"Oklahoma's Loadholt drew some very positive comments from nearby scouts who were obviously impressed by the way he carries his 343 pounds at 6-foot-8. By contrast, LSU offensive lineman Herman Johnson drew a stunned reaction from many in the crowd when he was measured in at 6-foot-7 (6073) and 382 pounds," Scout.com NFL expert Ed Thompson reported after Monday's weigh-in.

A strong week would definitely help bolster Loadholt's stock for the upcoming NFL draft as he has his stock has been in flux. He has been rumored to be a first round pick, but some experts believe he will slip in to the second round.

He is hopeful that the spirited competition in practice at OU against defensive ends like Auston English, Jeremy Beal, and Frank Alexander will have him ready to take on the best of the best.

"Like coach Stoops says iron sharpens iron, so going up against those guys every day is a challenge and it is a good one too," Loadholt said.

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At 6-foot-2, 233 pounds Nic Harris may not have the prototypical build of a safety, but that is the position that he excelled at the past two seasons at Oklahoma.

He is actually built more like a linebacker and has a frame that looks like it could hold even more weight. For that reason Harris will be getting a look at linebacker in the weekend's UnderArmour Senior Bowl.

"I'm hoping that they will see that at the end of the day that I can play with anybody, and you can put me anywhere on the field. I'm one of those selfless guys who will play wherever the coach wants me to play. If he wants me to play down-lineman, I'll do that," Harris said with a smile to Scout.com NFL experts Chris Steuber and Ed Thompson.

While Harris has predominantly played a safety role for the Sooners he did get the chance to play some middle linebacker in OU's 2008 45-31 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks after starter Ryan Reynolds went down with a season ending knee injury in the Texas game.

Against KU Harris collected five tackles and broke up a pass.

"Throughout the course of the game I got more comfortable. I was a little inconsistent in the first half. In the second half, I honed into what I needed to do," Harris said of his play at linebacker.


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