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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.”

IAN MAULE/ Tulsa World file

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.

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