Incoming Freshman Hatari Byrd will start at safety

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    NewsOK Incoming Freshman Hatari Byrd will start at safety

    The coaches told him he would:

    NORMAN — Oklahoma must replace both of its starting safeties next season, and OU commitment Hatari Byrd told The Oklahoman one of the spots already belongs to him.

    Byrd, a four-star prospect from Central High in Fresno, Calif., said Sooner coaches have told him that he's going to start as a true freshman.
    “I'm going to come in and work really hard — that's the type of player I am — but they told me I'm going to be the starter,” Byrd said in a telephone interview.

    “They told me it's my spot.”


    http://newsok.com/oklahoma-football-...rticle/3750734

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    There's very little doubt he will be the starter.

    I'm not sure it's something I would go so public about though. But, I'm guessing NewsOk probably cornered him.

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    Re: Incoming Freshman Hatari Byrd will start at safety

    Of course he will. Who is his competition? Gabe Lynn?
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    Incoming Freshman Hatari Byrd will start at safety

    Meh

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    Originally Posted by soonerprices View Post
    Meh
    meh what?
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    Mike Stoops was quoted last month as saying that a "big-time safety" was enrolling at mid-term. That comment obviously referred to Ahmad Thomas.

    I think what the coaches tell players is that they think they are good enough to start if they come here and work hard. I seriously doubt that he was promised he would start, especially when he doesn't even know whether he would play strong or free safety.
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    Our returning secondary is Colvin and fan favorite Gabe Lynn. Who else? Wilson played some in our 7 DB debacle?

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    Re: Incoming Freshman Hatari Byrd will start at safety

    Originally Posted by TheLadiesMike View Post
    Our returning secondary is Colvin and fan favorite Gabe Lynn. Who else? Wilson played some in our 7 DB debacle?
    Wilson doesn't seem smooth enough to cover wr's. Just my opinion.

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    I doubt they told him that.
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    Originally Posted by TheLadiesMike View Post
    Our returning secondary is Colvin and fan favorite Gabe Lynn. Who else? Wilson played some in our 7 DB debacle?
    god...this statement scares the shit out of me. According to the roster, looks like Simon, Sanchez, or Johnson would be the other corner. We have ZERO cornerback commits, unless the expectation is Stanvon Taylor playing CB. We REALLY, REALLY need to land LJ Moore.

    Interestingly, and perhaps this has been discussed already, TREY FRANKS is on the updated roster as a DB.

    Originally Posted by Sooner 4 Life View Post
    Wilson doesn't seem smooth enough to cover wr's. Just my opinion.
    Wilson couldn't cover Bounce...neither could Lynn

    huh...4 of the 5 DTs on our roster right now were 4* coming out of high school. Would be great if they could play like 4*s.

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    Originally Posted by melbitoast View Post
    4 of the 5 DTs on our roster right now were 4* coming out of high school. Would be great if they could play like 4*s.
    It would be great if they could all stay eligible and not be suspended.
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    trey franks (place sarcasm smiley colon here)

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    Let's see how he does, before we bash the kid...
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    Dammi!!! Will Gabe Lynn graduate already!!!

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    Byrd has the size to be SS. Hope he can come in and dominate.
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    The quicker Gabe Lynn can get off the field the better for OU defense.
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    Originally Posted by RockFlagandEagle View Post
    Dammi!!! Will Gabe Lynn graduate already!!!
    Its okay, at least Tom Wort is gone
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    next year is going to be interesting for sure, I'm a bit worried about our defense but excited to see new blood all over the field

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    Originally Posted by greensooner View Post
    next year is going to be interesting for sure, I'm a bit worried about our defense but excited to see new blood all over the field
    This. If the defense is young, aggressive, and shows some improvement throughout the season, I'll be ok taking some lumps knowing the next year should see big time improvement.
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    Gabe Lynn is a five star cover corner, why would fans be weak on him? We need to worry about 3 star Colvin
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    I always wonder how a statement like that plays in the locker room.
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    Originally Posted by Sooner 76 View Post
    Mike Stoops was quoted last month as saying that a "big-time safety" was enrolling at mid-term. That comment obviously referred to Ahmad Thomas.

    I think what the coaches tell players is that they think they are good enough to start if they come here and work hard. I seriously doubt that he was promised he would start, especially when he doesn't even know whether he would play strong or free safety.
    I think he was told he WILL start..

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    I don't doubt he was told he will start but i would have said keep that quiet.

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    Incoming Freshman Hatari Byrd will start at safety

    Starting is no big deal. Stoops was thinking sure ill start you and then pull you right back out. Getting promised/guaranteed significant playing time is what he should have asked for.
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    I thought OU had a policy where they NEVER promised any recruit a starting position.

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    "the position is yours if you want to take it (work for it and earn it)"

    I'm guessing it went something like that.

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    I think he was told he has the size to play WILL LB at OU.

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    I like he kids confidence. Now he must walk the walk and prove his work ethic. Anything is better than Javon Harris IMO

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    I think this kid is going to lay a lot of ****ers out if given the opportunity.

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    Incoming Freshman Hatari Byrd will start at safety

    I think he will be a star

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    Incoming Freshman Hatari Byrd will start at safety

    If he can do anything to keep West Virginia below 700 total yards this year, I'm down.
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    Originally Posted by greensooner View Post
    next year is going to be interesting for sure, I'm a bit worried about our defense but excited to see new blood all over the field
    Sometimes young defensive talent can be very good.

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    Originally Posted by Ibi unus Oklahomae View Post
    If he can do anything to keep West Virginia below 700 total yards this year, I'm down.
    The bar has been set so low....

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    Originally Posted by greensooner View Post
    next year is going to be interesting for sure, I'm a bit worried about our defense but excited to see new blood all over the field
    Oh they'll be blood on the field. That is for certain.

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    I envision us in a massive substitution - both sides of the ball - after the first play in our opener

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    He said on a chat on SN that he wasnt told he would definitely start but that a spot was open and he would have every chance to win it
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    Originally Posted by Sooner 76 View Post
    Mike Stoops was quoted last month as saying that a "big-time safety" was enrolling at mid-term. That comment obviously referred to Ahmad Thomas.

    I think what the coaches tell players is that they think they are good enough to start if they come here and work hard. I seriously doubt that he was promised he would start, especially when he doesn't even know whether he would play strong or free safety.
    Just one more piece for Mike to run his 2-9 defense next year.

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    Originally Posted by 61sooner View Post
    I thought OU had a policy where they NEVER promised any recruit a starting position.
    I am pretty sure that they did it with Bomar.

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    Hatari Byrd: "Yeah, they didn’t exactly say that. They said there’s an opening for it"

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/col...a-freshman.ece

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