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This goal kind of goes hand-in-hand with the previous goal. When and if Tony Jefferson steps up and becomes a defensive leader, the Sooners' secondary will become more disciplined.
Of course, the help of "new" defensive coordinator Mike Stoops may factor in, as well. However, once Jefferson takes the responsibility of being a leader, his teammates, especially those in the secondary, are sure to follow.
It's no longer news—everyone is aware that the secondary needs to step their game up in a big way this season. Frankly, it's odd that they played so badly in the first place last season.
Jamell Fleming played the best and, of course, he's now off to the NFL. Demontre Hurst is entering his senior season and is NFL bound, as well. CBS Sports actually has Hurst ranked as the No. 4 cornerback in the 2013 draft class.
In his first year as a strong safety, Aaron Colvin played admirably, totaling 84 tackles. Javon Harris, who was seemingly in the wrong place at the wrong time more often than not last season, is a more than qualified athlete who was maybe just playing the wrong position.
Then you add in Jefferson, who at times didn't play up to his potential, and Gabe Lynn, who hasn't lived up to his potential in either of his first two seasons, and the Sooners have a bevy of talent at their disposal that just hasn't played disciplined football.
Last season, the Sooners' defensive backs (and Travis Lewis) took on the nickname "The Sharks" in the preseason. While the nickname provided a "swagger" to the defense that was needed, the players seemed to rely on their swagger and athleticism to make plays rather than fundamentals and discipline.
With Jefferson likely moving back to his more natural free safety position this year, the secondary will hopefully be better in coverage situations. Javon Harris would be better suited playing strong safety, but he may be the odd man out if Stoops wants to keep Colvin in that spot.
Regardless, the Sooners need to be more disciplined in the secondary this season, and that all begins with Jefferson's leadership and Stoops' coaching.