NORMAN — Woodi Washington and Crucial Lawrence hoped to be likely in opposition to each other last season.
But the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the scheduled video game among Washington’s OU Sooners and Lawrence’s Tennessee squad.
It would’ve been the continuation of a rivalry that dates again to elementary school, back when Washington performed for the Middle Tennessee Influence and Lawrence for The Ballers.
Every said theirs was the improved group.
“Of system he’s heading to say that, but he was not,” Lawrence said. “I was unquestionably, by significantly, on the much better crew, and I’m by far the superior participant. You go tell him that.”
Now, even though, the pair are teammates, hoping to be aspect of a Tennessee duo in the Sooners’ secondary after Lawrence was section of a trio of Volunteers who transferred to OU in the offseason.
Washington grew to become a essential determine in the Sooners’ secondary past season, with a fourth-quarter interception towards Texas right before breaking into the starting up lineup at cornerback.
He figures to have an even more substantial role this time in a secondary that carries on to add depth.
Washington claimed he’s focused on refining his psychological method in the offseason, supporting him be extra dependable and bounce again when items never go as planned.
“You’re on an island,” Washington said of participating in cornerback. “So it could be a play where by a male catches a ball and you can’t enable that influence the subsequent play or the next travel or whatever that is.”
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Washington’s participate in so far for the duration of preseason camp has drawn rave evaluations from his teammates through camp.
“His system is flawless,” claimed D.J. Graham, one more OU cornerback.
Nevertheless Lawrence might disagree with Washington on who’s youth groups ended up far better, Lawrence said he’s extensive admired Washington’s skills.
“Woodi’s been just one of these canine who just worked so hard,” Lawrence stated. “Even though he may not have the skillset as he assumed. He often experienced it, but he hardly ever really constructed that self-confidence up until eventually afterwards in his profession.”
And Lawrence credits Washington, as one of the major motives why he chose to arrive to OU.
While Washington figures to be just one of the Sooners’ starting up cornerbacks when they open up the period Sept. 4 at Tulane, Lawrence’s spot continues to be a bit extra up in the air.
“He’s performed a number of positions for the duration of camp — generally safety,” Washington said. “He’s coming along effectively. He’s a actual actual physical male, helps make a great deal of open-area tackles and he covers well as properly.”
Lawrence performed in all 10 games for the Volunteers last calendar year as a freshman, with eight tackles and a go breakup.
The Sooners recruited Lawrence out of large school but in the long run Lawrence made the decision to keep shut to residence. But when he made a decision to transfer, the relationship Sooners’ defensive coordinator Alex Grinch had developed with Lawrence compensated off, even if it wasn’t as swiftly as Grinch would’ve liked.
“He really prioritized me and recruited me,” Lawrence reported. “He made me sense like this was residence, and I only came on one particular check out.”
Lawrence and Washington are hoping to give the Sooners a Tennessee edge in the secondary.
“We seriously preach so a great deal in the locker space that we want to be a lot more nitty-gritty,” Lawrence mentioned. “We want to have that kind of edge to us. We attempt to preach to our coaches and recruiters right here that we have to get to Tennessee-indigenous type. We received to try to get some of that grit back again up below. Me and Woodi, individually, we’re trying to get as much as we can to display that we really don’t have to be close to household for us to be productive.”
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OU defensive backs depth chart
Name, Calendar year, Ht., Wt., Hometown (Past school)
D.J. Graham, So., 6-, 193, Fort Truly worth, Texas (Keller Central HS)
Jaden Davis, Jr., 5-10, 185, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
Latrell McCutchin, Fr., 6-1, 185, Austin, Texas (LBJ Early Higher education HS)
Delarrin Turner-Yell, Sr., 5-11, 200, Hempstead, Texas (Hempstead HS)
Crucial Lawrence, So., 6-1, 208, Nashville (Ensworth HS)
Justin Broiles, RSr., 5-10, 192, Oklahoma City (John Marshall HS)
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Pat Fields, Sr., 6-, 204, Tulsa (Union HS)
Bryson Washington, RFr., 6-2, 190, Los Angeles (C.E. King HS)
Jordan Mukes, Fr., 6-1, 205, Midwest Town (Choctaw HS)
Woodi Washington, RSo., 5-11, 191, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Oakland HS)
Justin Harrington, RJr., 6-2, 212, Raleigh, N.C. (Southeast Raleigh HS)
Joshua Eaton, So., 6-1, 186, Houston (Aldine MacArthur HS)
Jeremiah Criddell, RSo., 5-11, 198, Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei HS)
Billy Bowman, Fr., 5-10, 188, Denton, Texas (Ryan HS)
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