Earlier today, a DieHards reader asked John Shinn about the absence of linebacker Ricky DeBerry, a top recruit in 2015.
This evening, Lincoln Riley provided the answer.
Lincoln Riley said Rick DeBerry has moved to h-back. #Sooners
— John Shinn (@john_shinn) October 4, 2017
DeBerry is now part of the Sooners’ stable of running backs.
The redshirt sophomore missed the first game of the season with medical issues. An attempted move to inside linebacker didn’t pan out, and he was buried on the depth chart.
He appeared in six games last season, starting one. He finished the year with 5 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Now, DeBerry has a chance to make his way at a new position. At 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds, he’s big enough to be a power back. He purportedly ran a 4.6 second 40-yard dash in high school, so speed won’t be an issue.
Breaking into the starting lineup above the Sooners’ current backs, on the other hand, will take some work.
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