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OU football: Former Sooner Parnell Motley thriving in Bucs camp

Former Sooners cornerback Parnell Motley has been raising eyebrows in camp for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, despite entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent.

Monday, he had two more interceptions, including one of legendary quarterback Tom Brady.

“Keep making plays every single day, he’s going to get a job,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians told reporters this week.

Motley’s early success hasn’t been a surprise to OU’s coaches.

“When you go to watch the tape," Sooners cornerbacks coach Roy Manning said, "that’s not without mistakes because nobody is without mistakes, (but) when you really grind on the film, he covered some elite guys in this league week-in and week-out and held his own.”

Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said he was “shocked” Motley went undrafted, for much the same reasons Manning had for not being surprised at Motley’s success.

“Because you’re not talking about a guy that just had the kind of year he had against a bunch of average receivers and just sitting back and playing zone coverage,” Riley said. “I mean, this guy was locked up on the best receivers in the country. And did a number on just about all of them.”

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Parnell Motley runs the 40 as he goes through scouting drills during NFL Pro Day workouts at OU on March 11. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

Parnell Motley runs the 40 as he goes through scouting drills during NFL Pro Day workouts at OU on March 11. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

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Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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