August 29, 2006

OU's Harris looking at position change

As the Sooners get ready for their season opener on Saturday against UAB, the wait will end for Reggie Smith. Smith's emergence has been virtually ignored after the Big Red scandal engulfed the football program.

But coming out of spring practices, no player was as revered as Smith. His transformation from strong safety to cornerback was the talk of the offseason.

Smith gave Oklahoma a difference maker in the Sooner secondary. It's something the Sooners have been missing since Derrick Strait left the program almost three years ago.

Even though Smith could become the biggest playmaker on the OU defense, Brent Venables now finds himself battling to keep the talented cornerback on his side of the ball.

Bob Stoops told reporters on Monday that Smith would become the team's third wide receiver on offense due to an injury to sophomore Manuel Johnson.

It was no secret Smith was in the offensive plans of the Sooners, but even wide receivers coach Kevin Sumlin admitted to wanting 15 to 20 offensive plays a game from Smith.

That gameplan could be out the window in game one.

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