November 7, 2007

Sooner sleepers deserve postseason awards

It's that time of the year when thoughts have to start drifting to post-season award nominations. And for the Sooners, their 8-1 record and Big 12 South division lead should be rewarded by several all-conference selections.

The only problem for Oklahoma and postseason awards is this - some of their best players weren't considered top players in the conference before the season began.

D.J. Wolfe is having the most productive year of any safety in the conference. With four interceptions this season, only Terrence Wheatley (5) from Colorado has picked off more passes than Wolfe this season.

But heading into the 2007 campaign, Wolfe had little hype behind his all-Big 12 candidacy. After all, he had just moved to strong safety for the first time in his career.

But the same can be said for linebacker Curtis Lofton who hadn't been a full-time starter until the beginning of the 2007 season.

No one, not even media covering the Sooners, expected either player to be this good heading into the season.

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