Notebook: Reynolds Full Go?

The Sooners are in the heat of fall camp in preparation for a 2009 season filled with promise. Wednesday night after practice the defense met with the media to discuss how things are going in practices so far.

OU defensive ends and special teams coordinator Chris Wilson said there has already been a lot more emphasis on the special teams after a struggling season a year ago.

"I spent more time this year, a lot of time studying other people, seeing what they do, seeing what we can do better for ourselves in regards to personnel, so it's been one of the big things that we've focused on," Wilson said.


Senior middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds appears to be nearing 100 percent after his season-ending knee injury last year.

"[The training staff] did a great job up there in rehab," Reynolds said. "I feel a lot better than I did in the last two weeks."


Senior defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger is also still battling an injury from a year ago.

Granger, who has been fighting a foot injury, said he simply just needs to get back into the flow of being an active football player again since he has never been accustomed to any type of major injuries before in his career.

"I've never had a major surgery set me back," Granger said. "I've never been out for six months. It's just a thing [where] I have to go and get back in the course."


The Sooner secondary has lofty goals this year.

How lofty?

"Our goal is to be the No. 1 safeties [in the nation]," said junior free safety Quinton Carter. "You know, everybody talks about it around the country that [Oklahoma's] known for a good defense, so that's our goal for the season."

And a couple reasons they might have a chance to do just that is their togetherness and all the competitiveness within the group.

With junior cornerback Dominique Franks and senior cornerback Brian Jackson's experience playing on the back line, as well as Carter's experience, and sophomore strong safety Sam Proctor's athleticism to add to the group, it could be a dangerous secondary.

Then throw in younger guys like freshman safety Javon Harris and sophomore cornerback Jamell Fleming, as well as more experienced backups like junior cornerback Jonathan Nelson and senior safety Emmanuel Jones, and it's easy to see how good this group could be if the younger players can push the veterans and vice versa.

"We're helping each other out, you know," Franks said. "A couple years ago, I was that freshman. You know, you gotta look to the upperclassmen to help those [younger] guys out."

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