Ranking the Most Important on Defense: No. 10

OU starting strong safety Aaron Colvin

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated is now inside the Top 10 of the most crucial defensive players' countdown.

No. 10:

Player: Aaron Colvin

Position: Starting strong safety

The rundown: As a true freshman, Colvin recorded 34 tackles primarily as a backup defensive back. He played in all 14 games, making his lone start in the Red River Rivalry game against Texas. In that game, he finished fourth on the team with seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss. In addition to Colvin's 34 total tackles, he also managed 3.0 tackles for loss, three passes broken up and a forced fumble. And then he stood out in the Spring Game. Colvin led all players with eight tackles and also had an interception and PBU.

Expectations for 2011: Colvin is one of this team's most talented youngsters, exemplified by the fact that he played as a freshman. He'll be in the starting lineup throughout this entire season, regardless of the lineups the Sooners roll out. When linebacker Travis Lewis returns, should the coaches shift Tony Jefferson to the secondary, Colvin will still be in a safety position. And with Lewis out, he is firmly at strong safety, with Javon Harris at free and Jefferson at the nickel. A much better Colvin this time around should help solidify the secondary.

Previous:

No. 25: Julian Wilson

No. 24: James Haynes

No. 23: Geneo Grissom

No. 22: Joe Powell

No. 21: Quentin Hayes

No. 20: Torrea Peterson

No. 19: Jaydan Bird

No. 18: R.J. Washington

No. 17: David King

No. 16: Sam Proctor

No. 15: Joseph Ibiloye

No. 14: Stacy McGee

No. 13: Javon Harris

No. 12: Casey Walker

No. 11: Gabe Lynn

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