Some Sooners Time To Shine

By Adam Caparell - March 11, 2008


Oklahoma is in the middle of spring practice right now, but the 2008 season will be put on the backburner for Tuesday as the Sooners host their pro day for all prospective NFL Draft selections to make on final impression on scouts.

The Sooners will have 10 players go through various drills and measurements during the day, but much of the attention will be thrust onto WR Malcolm Kelly, a projected first round draft pick. Other Sooners taking part include LB Curtis Lofton (projected second round) and CB Reggie Smith (projected second round), among roughly a handful of others.

Spring practice resumes Wednesday, but after that it'll be a while before the Sooners get back onto the field. Oklahoma will be on spring break next week meaning March 24th will be the next time the Sooners butt heads.

Clemson: The Tigers got great news when James Davis decided to pull his name out of the NFL Early Entrants list and return to school for his senior season. But now that Thunder is back to team up with Lightning - C.J. Spiller - can the two produce the same numbers with a revamped offensive line?

That's one of the big questions out of Clemson's camp this spring after the Tigers lost Barry Richardson and Chris Capote - their two starting tackles - and the task of finding their replacements is among the most important for Tommy Bowden. Easier said than done, of course, but the Tigers don't have to worry too much about one of the tackle positions because of Chris Hairston, who started one game last season. Barring something unforseen, he should be one of the Tigers starting tackles next season. And if he's as good as some people think he is, chances are he'll be lining up at left tackle.

Wisconsin: The Badgers began spring practice over the weekend and two highly regarded recruits from last year are looking to make something of 2008 after spending 2007 on the sidelines.

John Clay and Josh Oglesby, two top 10 recruits according to CSTV's Tom Lemming from the Class of 2007, look to be ready to take on a expanded role.

Coach Bret Bielema said before the start of spring practice that after Clay and Oglesby redshirted last season, both will be heavily involved with spring practice and should start to see some considerable time this fall.

Badgers fans are clamoring for Clay, a talented running back that should get carries considering the injury issues that keep propping up with P.J. HIll.

"I'm excited to see him physically get out there and compete because when you just watch him run with a football in his hands, you can tell he's very good, but now we're excited to see what he can do, you know, within the scheme of our offense," Bielema told reporters.

As for Olgesby, who many feel will be the next great Wisconsin tackle, he sat out last season while he continued to recover from an ACL tear that cut short his senior season in high school.

"Josh Oglesby was someone that we considered playing but just really felt because of his knee situation from a year ago, that he would be a better player for us the next four years than trying to play him last year," Bielema said. "Josh is extremely gifted athletically, but again, kind of like I just mentioned with Jasper (Grimes) and Patrick (Butrym) as freshmen, especially at the line position, they have to understand the urgency of every snap, being able to compete at this level and to play, you know, winning football."

Oglesby should see time at right tackle this season where he'll compete with Eric Vandenheuvel for the starting job.

News & Notes: Starting in 2009, Arkansas and Texas A&M will start a multi-year series that will be played in the Cowboys new stadium. Guess who had a hand in making that happen?

Chalk on up for the little guy considering Southern Miss agreed with Kansas to meet the Jayhawks in Lawrence in 2009 and the Jayhawks will return the favor, heading to Hattiesburg in 2010.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt got a nice raise last week - and a well-deserved one. Richt got an $800,000 salary increase and will earn $2.8 million. Win the national championship next year and he could be making Urban Meyer money in 2009.

Fired Duke head coach Ted Roof finally latched on to a program, although it was only a matter of time before he was employed again. Minnesota announced last week that he'll be the Gophers new defensive coordinator.

With help from the NFF.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 10:04 AM on March 11, 2008
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