For the first time in a long time depth is not an issue in the defensive secondary for Oklahoma. In fact, the Sooners are so deep at the corner position that Jordan Parker has made the transition to strong safety. It’s a transition that is going extremely well for Parker as he’s competing with Kahlil Haughton for a starting spot.
“It’s been great,” Parker said about the move. “I’m learning every day, and it’s been a great transition.”
“Well, I love his energy and his attitude towards playing football,” said defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. “I mean, he gets it. He brings it every day, and that’s fun. It’s fun having guys out there that talk. And then, you know, to understand how we’re communicating, I think that’s obviously very important, communication in our defense, all the changes, switches, switching defenses, understanding formations, understanding splits. You’ve got to communicate every snap, and we’re doing a better job of that.”
Even with the progress made, Parker still has an uphill battle against Kahlil Haughton. The most experienced of Oklahoma’s safeties, Haughton has played in 35 games, with 5 starts, over the last three season. With 52 career tackles to his credit, Haughton entered camp as the front-runner for the strong safety position.
“Kahlil Haughton, I think, is stepping up and playing some of the best ball that he’s played,” head coach Lincoln Riley said last week.