The Moore American

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August 7, 2013

Sooners start from scratch on defensive front

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MOORE —

He’s one of the guys who hasn’t been consistent yet. He’s had a good camp but the key is when you play a guy at the starting position, you have to trust him on every day and on every snap. He has to raise his level of understanding performance every time he’s out there. So he’s trying to do that and he’s certainly had a great start. I think our football team responds when he makes plays. We’re excited about it right now. We’re cautious, but we’re still pushing.”

New spot every day: After three practices, freshman safety Hatari Byrd has played all three safety spots.

“He’s very knowledgeable. He’s easy to coach. He wants to be great,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “His maturity level is one of the highest I’ve seen this early on in his career. His maturity physically, we know what he looks like, but his maturity mentally and athletically. It’s a very unique set of tools to work with a kid this young. He may be the biggest, fastest guy that we’ve seen at this young of an age. Again, he possesses a lot of the intangible qualities, but again, it’s only three days. So far, so good. I think he has a bright future.”

The Sooners are replacing three starters in the secondary, including both safety spots.

Sign this, please: OU also hosted the Meet the Sooners autograph session Saturday. All the players and coaches signed for fans for about 21⁄2 hours.

What was the strangest thing Bob Stoops was asked to sign?

“A baby,” he said.

Stoops said he was asked to sign the child’s clothes.

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