Bye Week Breakdown: Most improved

With Oklahoma on a bye week, the SoonerNation staff is spending the week looking back on the Sooners' first nine games by answering 10 questions. View the archives here.

Who is Oklahoma's most improved player through the first nine games?

LB Tom Wort

Before the season, Bob Stoops said middle linebacker Tom Wort was “night and day” better from his freshman year. Turned out, Stoops was right. Wort has been playing hurt the last couple of weeks. But when healthy, he’s been terrific. In the win over Florida State, he was the difference on defense, racking up eight tackles, 2.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks and an interception. Wort was also dominant against Texas and returned a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown.

- Jake Trotter

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Sophomore linebacker Tom Wort is one of the Sooners' top defenders.

DE Ronnell Lewis

The junior spent much of his first two years on campus searching for a position. He has finally found a home at defensive end and he’s become a dominant force. Lewis has 59 tackles including 12.5 tackles for loss. He has 5.5 sacks, five pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In other words, he’s been all over the place and has a consistent motor which often allows him to chase down ball carriers from behind.fa

- Brandon Chatmon

DB Aaron Colvin

His numbers don’t exactly pop out at you when looking at the sophomore from Owasso, Okla., but Colvin is passing the eye test each and every week. He’s tied for second on the team with 59 tackles and is tied for the team lead with six pass breakups. The secondary hasn’t always been at its best, but Colvin has. He’s not the hardest hitter, but he is a sure tackler. He’s not looking for the highlight, but he won’t be on the wrong end of a highlight, either.

- Bob Przybylo

DE R.J. Washington

Washington, a fourth-year junior, barely saw the field for Oklahoma during his first three years on campus. The No. 2 DE in the class of 2008 admitted earlier this year that he has matured since arriving on campus and is practicing better, which has translated to the field. Washington is seeing a lot of time in OU's "Endy" package, a way for the Sooners to get four defensive ends on the field together. Though he's not starting, Washington has three sacks on the season.

- Dane Beavers

What do you think? Who is Oklahoma's most improved player of the season so far?