Over the course of the season, it’s clear that Jaden Davis remains one of the better defensive players on the roster despite being a true freshman. A 4-star prospect and Under Armour All-American at the high school level, the cornerback has recorded 16 tackles along with an interception in five games for the Oklahoma Sooners. Continuously elevating his level of play, the coaches are attempting to find a way to work Davis in more often on the defensive side of the ball.
Per a source, Davis — ineligible for a redshirt — is now working out at the nickleback position leading up to the meeting with the Texas Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl. Currently, Brendan Radley-Hiles holds down the starting role. While it’s unlikely for Davis to unseat the sophomore, the backup spot played home to a bit of a turnover. Initially going to Chanse Sylvie before being replace by Robert Barnes on the depth chart, the winds of change are once again upon Oklahoma.
With the talent that is Davis now playing the backup at two positions, it begs the question of what happens to Barnes moving forward?
It appears as though Barnes is headed toward a redshirt — again per a source. Stepping onto campus in 2017 as a true freshman, the safety appeared in ten games. Following up the campaign, the former 5-star recruit earned playing time in another eleven games. However, through five games this season, Barnes has only played in four (did not appear against Houston) which leaves the door open for a potential redshirt.
As the season wears on, the coaching staff continues to look for the best 22 players to field at any given time. Simply put, Jaden Davis is too good to keep off the field!