May 3, 2012

HD: Hurst will be a pupil under one of Stoops' best

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There was no announcement needed last season when Demontre Hurst decided he would be returning to Oklahoma for his senior season.

A second team All-Big 12 selection in 2011 the 5-foot-10, 181-pound Lancaster (Texas) native will now have the opportunity of learning from one of the best corners to play during the Bob Stoops tenure in graduate assistant Derrick Strait who returns to Norman.

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"Since day one (Derrick) Strait has been on me and coaching me up like coach Mike (Stoops) giving me a few pointers to work on things. For an ex player to come in and just give me a heads up on things it's kind of a big opportunity for me to learn things and switch things up and kind of make it look different," said Hurst.

"He's a big help to also the other corners and safeties and you know we are really improving off of him so he's one of the coaches too and for him to be back there is kind of a big plus for us."

Leading the Sooner secondary with 11 pass break ups Hurst enters his senior season looking to improve on his leadership role as well as his play on the field.

"Last year I wasn't vocal and this year slowly but surely in winter workouts I've been trying to be more vocal. It started in winter workouts trying to get on guys about off the field issues and then on the field issues," said Hurst.

"I'm pretty much trying to be more vocal and hopefully I succeed in that throughout the summer and into Fall camp and get ready for the season."

Hurst recorded five tackles in the Sooners annual Red-White spring game.

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