Spring superlatives: Oklahoma

March, 23, 2012
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Time to continue our series breaking down each team's best and worst positions entering the 2012 season. Oklahoma is up next.

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Strongest position: Quarterback

Landry Jones can put up big numbers, but it'd be interesting to see what Blake Bell could do, too, if an offense had to depend on him.

Bell rushed for 13 touchdowns in the Belldozer package in the second half of the season, but he can throw the ball, too. OU's strategy is sound: If you're throwing it, why take the ball out of Jones' hands? It should be interesting to see how (if?) the Belldozer is used in 2012, but Jones' shortcomings aside, few programs can boast a three-year starter and Heisman contender at quarterback.

Oklahoma can, and the Sooners exercise their biggest strength often. Jones threw the ball 562 times last year -- only three quarterbacks in college football had more attempts.

Weakest position: Safety

The potential for this spot is high, mostly because new defensive coordinator Mike Stoops seems intent on moving nickel back Tony Jefferson back to free safety, a more traditional spot.

Jefferson, though, has been a major impact player at nickel back, and Stoops' willingness to move him says plenty about the need at safety. That and the game tape from losses to Baylor and Oklahoma State late in the season. Javon Harris had high-profile struggles in the loss to Baylor, but we'll see how Aaron Colvin and Quentin Hayes fit in to the safety spot alongside Jefferson, too.

Jefferson has All-America potential, and he'll be playing a position he's more used to. But for now, giving up big plays has still been a weakness for this defense. Improvement is needed at safety.

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