Oklahoma Sooners Continue to Roll Through Spring Practice

Luke McConnellCorrespondent IApril 7, 2011

There is just a little over a week to go before the annual spring game, but the Oklahoma Sooners have already had a busy spring.

Some of that is not the good kind, but most of it has been positive things such as filling holes with younger players and getting new players worked into the mix of talent on both sides of the football.

At the beginning of the spring, there were questions everywhere as star cornerback Jamell Fleming was not enrolled in classes for the spring, due to a second academic misconduct penalty.

The Sooners' secondary was already having to replace both starting safeties from a year ago, so the loss of another player, especially as talented as Fleming, was a huge blow.  

However, there is talent aplenty at the cornerback position for Oklahoma. Gabe Lynn, Julian Wilson and James Haynes have all been getting time at the position opposite Demontre Hurst, with Lynn being the projected starter.

No matter who Oklahoma sticks there, or if Fleming returns in the fall, there will be plenty of talent and athletic ability. Experience is the only question.

As for the safety situation, it seems to have been filled without an issue.

Javon Harris will take over at one spot, while sophomore Aaron Colvin, who played some outstanding time at cornerback last season, will take the other. The experimenting with Colvin at one of the safety positions was made permanent last week. Colvin still has work to do and weight to gain, but he's a great player and will do well for the Sooners.

The big injury of the spring has been offensive tackle Jarvis Jones. Jones, a senior, tore his right patella tendon early on in spring practice and could miss several games of the 2011 season.

However, sophomore Josh Aladenoye and freshman redshirt Daryl Williams have been filling in for Jones and both are more than competent at replacing him at offensive tackle.

Everything else has been going according to plan for Oklahoma. No other injuries have occurred, and players are getting the time and practice they need to understand the Sooners' systems on both sides of the ball.

Be sure to check next week for things to look for in the spring game. The game will be April 16, around 2 p.m.