June 1, 2007

Future is now at linebacker

The linebacker position is one of the most intriguing positions of the spring and fall. The Sooners look to replace Rufus Alexander and Zach Latimer, two major fixtures of the OU defense over the last two seasons.

The Sooners have plenty of options to fill those spots, but another major knee injury to Ryan Reynolds during the spring certainly makes Brent Venables' job more tenuous heading into the fall.

Mike Reed is the most interesting prospect in the position of intrigue heading into 2007. The mammoth linebacker hits like a brick wall in motion. But is he capable of performing at the level required to appease the strict Venables?

And where do the Sooners look if Reynolds isn't ready to go heading into the season opener? SoonerScoop.com Editor Carey Murdock takes a look back at the spring to breakdown how thinks are shaking out heading into the offseason.

Curtis Lofton - If there's one player you can count on to perform at a high level after the spring, it has to be Lofton. Lofton was good enough to play a year ago and Venables struggled trying to find ways to squeeze him into the lineup in 2006.

Lofton played several positions during the spring as he covered for an injured Reynolds at weakside linebacker and continued working as a middle linebacker with doubts still surrounding whether Mike Reed can be the man in the middle.

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