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February 7, 2013

Sooners bolster defensive line on signing day

Complete coverage of National Signing Day at OU

(Continued)

Clear the air

Safety Hatari Byrd recently told a reporter defensive coordinator Mike Stoops told him he would start this season at safety. Stoops said that isn’t a guarantee.

“I think that's ludicrous that anyone would speculate that I would ever do that. I've never done that in all my years of coaching, promised a kid a position. You earn everything you get here at Oklahoma,” he said. “If a kid misspoke or misinterpreted, again, that falls on people preying on young players and kids maybe not knowing how to handle the situation that well. But I think you guys know me well enough that I would never promise anybody a starting position. These guys will all earn their way through the process of coming in this summer and earning their playing time.”

No comment

With signing day complete, OU has all its recruits for the coming season. If OU coach Bob Stoops is going to make any staff changes, now is the time to do it.

When asked about that on Wednesday, he evaded the question.

“How do you speculate that? It’s not something that I ever talk about publicly,” Stoops said. “From year to year, things happen on every staff. We’ll see where it goes.”

No tight ends?

OU stopped using the tight ends it currently has late in the 2012 season. The group it signed on Wednesday did not include a tight end.

Stoops said it wasn’t a pressing need. He believes redshirt freshmen Tyler McNamara and Sam Grant will develop and senior Brannon Green provides a blocking presence for this season.

“These younger guys that we have from a year ago were top recruits, they were guys that could have gone a lot of places,” he said. “I believe next year they will make an impact. Taylor McNamara and Sam Grant were two highly recruited guys that just need a little bit of time. They’ll be on the field more next year and it will be more of an emphasis next year.”

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