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OU football journal: Motley ends spring with a bang

OU football journal: Motley ends spring with a bang
 Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Parnell Motley makes a play in the Sooners' spring game on April 8. Thursday, during OU's last practice of the spring, Motley intercepted Baker Mayfield, continuing to show why he's in contention for a spot in the starting lineup in the fall. [PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Parnell Motley makes a play in the Sooners’ spring game on April 8. Thursday, during OU’s last practice of the spring, Motley intercepted Baker Mayfield, continuing to show why he’s in contention for a spot in the starting lineup in the fall. [PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN]

NORMAN — Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Parnell Motley has been one of the biggest storylines in spring practice as he’s emerged as a legitimate threat to earn a spot in the starting lineup this fall.

Thursday, during the Sooners’ final spring football practice, Motley once again showed his playmaking abilities by picking off a Baker Mayfield pass near the goal line.

“Parnell has had a great spring,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “Got a ton of confidence in him right now.

“We liked him all fall. Parnell, even though Jordan (Parker) had the position, Parnell had done a lot in practice and looked good and was prepared to play more had we needed him to.”

Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said Motley’s emerging consistency has him feeling more confident in his secondary.

“He’s a guy that could be a playmaker for us,” Mike Stoops said. “He has a knack for doing that.

“I feel like we’ve developed three good corners that we can play at a high level with and just trying to build consistency across…

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