Oklahoma Sooners Football: How ‘bout those young DBs?

By Seth Oliveras

Freshmen DBs Tre Norwood, Tre Brown and Robert Barnes held down the fort against TCU.

The Oklahoma Sooners have been an offensive machine all season long, but the national narrative has primarily been about the defense. Last week’s Bedlam shootout did more than just raise some eyebrows, it left the Sooners’ secondary in shambles. Veteran cornerback Jordan Thomas and safety Kahlil Haughton both fell to injury, emerging cornerback Parnell Motley was benched, and by rule, safety Will Johnson was set to miss the first half of Saturday night’s contest after a second-half targeting call last week.

If the Sooners wanted to remain atop the Big 12 race and in the College Football Playoff discussion, their hopes were going to be in the hands of a few true freshmen. While they are largely inexperienced, playing only a handful of meaningful snaps all season, it was time for safety Robert Barnes and cornerbacks Tre Norwood and Tre Brown to show why they were recruited to play for the University of Oklahoma in their first starts of their careers.

Now TCU is not a team that normally gets mentioned in discussions about high-octane offenses, but the Horned …read more

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