The Sooner Scribe

8.12.2005

REG-GIE! REG-GIE! REG-GIE!

Through one week of practices, only one player has been able to shift my attention from the battle raging at QB: Reggie Smith. When he was deciding between OU and Nebraska, I was a little concerned that Boo Blake would work his "magic" and steal a future star. I did not think that Reggie would contribute early, but looked more toward the future. Sooner fans, the talent in the defensive backfield is ridiculous this year. And, the best news is that the best of the talent is YOUNG! How does this sound for a starting secondary in 2006: CBs: Marcus Walker (Jr.) Reggie Smith (Soph.) FS: Tony Cade/Darrien Williams (Jr.) SS: Lewis Baker (Jr.)/ Nic Harris (Soph.) Throw in Allen Patrick and Brian Jackson and you have the most talented Sooner secondary in the Stoops era.

But, back to Reggie. Stoops is raving about him. Saying that he has never seen a young kid play two positions more naturally. Reggie may be this year's Adrian for the Sooners. The deep passes that plagued last year's squad may be a thing of the past with the CB line-up of Walker and Smith. It wasn't schemes of Pelini that doomed us...We've had the same deep-ball problems since 2001. We needed talent. Strait was a fantastic corner and Woolfolk is in the NFL with him. But, neither can hold a candle athletically to Walker and Smith. And neither was even recruited as a CB out of high school. This is the first year when Sooner fans will finally admit that recruiting does matter. NEWS FLASH: Stoops is better than Mack at this now too. Texas still leads for most kids in Texas, OU gets the best kids ANYWHERE.

Here's to the best secondary in the Big XII for the next 4 years. Here's to a top 10 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft in Reggie Smith. How do we know this? My eyes and Bob Stoops never lie.

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