“I wanted to be part of something special and I think we’ve got something special here growing.” – LB Curtis Lofton
“He’s a veteran linebacker, understands what it takes to perform in this league.” – Head Coach Jack Del Rio
“As a group, we challenge each other, push each other, to meet those expectations.” – LB Curtis Lofton
Friday night, Lofton had 6 tackles and was impressive vs the Titans.
In the all-important third exhibition game, Lofton showed that he’s a straight-ahead thumper who can fill his lane and stop the run.
“It went pretty good I thought,” Lofton said. “I had a few mental errors, but overall I thought I played pretty good. I’m starting to come into my own and I’m starting to feel more comfortable out there.”
It didn’t take Lofton long to get his name called.
On Tennessee’s first running play, Lofton sifted through traffic and tackled running back Chris Johnson after a 1-yard gain. He slide off a block like butter going on toast and dropped Tennessee’s fleet back.
“I had one gap, so I just shot my gap,” Lofton said.
6 Tackles, 1 Forced Fumble, and he recovered the fumble
1-10-ATL 29 (12:56) 34-C.Washington up the middle to ATL 26 for 3 yards (50-C.Lofton).
3-1-ATL 20 (11:26) 34-C.Washington up the middle to ATL 18 for 2 yards (50-C.Lofton).
2-12-JAC 20 (5:00) 4-T.Bouman pass short left to 34-C.Washington to JAC 24 for 4 yards (50-C.Lofton). FUMBLES (50-C.Lofton), RECOVERED by ATL-50-C.Lofton at JAC 24. 50-C.Lofton to JAC 24 for no gain (34-C.Washington).
2-10-JAC 16 (4:01) 34-C.Washington right end to JAC 18 for 2 yards (50-C.Lofton).
1-10-JAC 38 (:27) 34-C.Washington up the middle to JAC 43 for 5 yards (50-C.Lofton).
2-5-JAC 43 (15:00) 34-C.Washington up the middle to JAC 46 for 3 yards (50-C.Lofton).
Sooner918 posted on OUINSIDER
Kelly will go 11th overall to the Buffalo Bills,
Lofton will be a late 1st – early 2nd round pick,
Smith will be a 2nd round pick with the possibility of being a 1st round pick.
I’ll go with Kelly late first, 2nd.
Lofton, 2nd or 3rd
Smith, late 2nd or 3rd
Lofton will be lucky to be round 3 pick. Smith, lucky to be round 2. Maybe losing in the BCS games wore thin on them.
Curtis Lofton Opts for NFL
NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton has decided to enter his name in the National Football League Draft. He becomes the second Sooner junior this year to do so. Junior receiver Malcolm Kelly made a similar announcement last Thursday.”Curtis made a lot of big plays during his time here,” said OU head coach Bob Stoops. “We wish him all the best in the NFL.”
Lofton said he reached the decision Sunday.
“I’ll definitely miss my coaches and teammates,” he said. “I came in with my class three years ago and those guys are like brothers to me. And I’ll miss playing in front of those 85,000 fans.”
Lofton said the atmosphere at Oklahoma readied him for the next step.
“It starts with great coaches and a system that from day one develops you as a person and player,” he said. “Once you get the opportunity to play, you’re ready, It’s one of the best coaching staffs in the nation.”
Lofton, a consensus All-American, was OU’s leading tackler in 2007 when he notched 157 stops, the sixth-best total in school history.
The Kingfisher, Okla., product also estalished a school record with nine double-digit tackle games. He logged a career-high 18 tackles in the first meeting with Missouri.
Some 35 Oklahoma players have been drafted since Bob Stoops took over as head coach. OU has produced a first-round selection in each of the last six years.