Safety position at OU changing

NORMAN, Okla. -- During Oklahoma's 38-28 win over Missouri in late September, sophomore safety Aaron Colvin blitzed the quarterback on one play, served as the deep safety on another play, then found himself in one-on-one coverage with a Tigers receiver shortly thereafter.

Welcome to the safety position in 2011.

In this new era of pass-happy offenses, the difference between safeties and cornerbacks has become blurred. While safeties used to be players with speed, size and the ability to support the run at the line of scrimmage, today's safeties must must be comfortable against a receiver on an island and have the confidence of the coaching staff that they can hold their own against opposing pass catchers.