Friday, July 9, 2010
Fresh Faces: Oklahoma
By ESPN.com staff
Here are three guys with relatively low profiles within the conference who you'll be hearing from in 2010:
Demontre Hurst, CB
Hurst emerged as one of the stars of the 2009 recruiting class and will step in to replace Oklahoma's two departed corners, Brian Jackson and Dominique Franks. Oklahoma's defense lost some talent from last year's unit, but Hurst is one of the reasons why they won't see a significant dropoff. Most of his 14 tackles came on special teams, but when Hurst was forced into action briefly against Texas because of an injury to Jackson, he sacked Colt McCoy for a 15-yard loss.
Tom Wort, LB
Wort was the gem of the 2009 recruiting class in last fall's camp, but missed the entire season with a torn ACL just before the season began. He returned this spring (with a Bosworth-like red Mohawk) and had a sack in the spring game. He'll be in the mix to start this fall in a talented Oklahoma linebacking corps with experienced star Travis Lewis, the versatile Austin Box and fellow up-and-comer Ronnell Lewis.
Dejuan Miller, WR
Oklahoma never found a true No. 2 option at receiver last season, but Miller became the closest thing to it with the most momentum at the end of the season, catching six passes for 84 yards against Stanford. Miller's size (6-foot-4, 224-pounds) is impressive, and could help him be more productive than his 36 catches for 434 yards and a touchdown this season. He should be pushed to hold on to that No. 2 option opposite Ryan Broyles by other receivers like Jaz Reynolds, Cameron Kenney and incoming freshmen Kenny Stills and Justin McCay.
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