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but the Sooners have plenty of candidates to fill the positions.
“It makes you feel good,” defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks said. “It honestly adds some more competition because (if) you have somebody that's not performing at the level you expect, you feel good about putting another guy in that's just as capable and is ready for the opportunity.
“This is the first year we finally have depth at all the positions. One year we might have it at corner and another year we might have it at safety. Corner, safety, nickel and dime, we have a lot of guys that can play for us.”
The depth at cornerback (Parnell Motley, Tre Norwood, Tre Brown, Jordan Parker) is allowing the Sooners to look at shifting players in the secondary.
Newcomer Brendan Radley-Hiles, a cornerback in high school, is getting looks at nickel and strong safety, Stoops said. Redshirt freshman Justin Broiles is drawing time at nickel and also playing cornerback.
“Last year, I was kind of a leader, but I didn't know how to lead, basically,” Murray said. “There's a time and place when you have to say certain things. Learning when to say certain things, how to motivate my guys is what I'm really learning this year. That's what I'm learning from my coach; (linebackers) coach (Tim) Kish, he's really teaching me how to lead and be a better leader. Definitely learning that stuff from my coaches and trying to be a leader on the field.”
Oklahoma linebacker Caleb Kelly (left), making a tackle against TCU on Nov.
11, said he played most of last season with a torn labrum. He is recovering from shoulder surgery.