Nov 10, 2012; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners defensive end Chuka Ndulue (98), defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (80) and defensive tackle Stacy McGee (92) walk onto the field in the first half of the game against the Baylor Bears at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Sooners won 42-34. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Phillips: Can He Develop into the Next Gerald McCoy?


Mike Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners defensive line needs all the help it can get in 2013. When Stoops came back, fans hoped for immediate improvement, however the Sooners defensive line has not been consistent since Gerald McCoy left for the NFL. The one man that the Sooners have to hope steps up is the “next Gerald McCoy” Jordan Phillips.

There has been a lot of hype for Phillips joined the Sooners, but he never even made his way into the defensive line rotation until the last few weeks of the season. Oklahoma came into the Red-White spring game with a lot of questions on defense, and only one true defensive tackle on the roster – Jordan Phillips.

Coaches say that Phillips had a great spring practice and fans who attended the Red-White game saw a player who could become a play maker. He finished the spring game with three tackles, a sack and made his way into the offensive backfield for much of the game. It was similar to a Gerald McCoy or Tommie Harris, and that is what Stoops and his defense needs in 2013.

If Phillips can continue to improve and become the play maker that some think he can be, because that will open the defense for other players to make plays. Geneo Grissom was the defensive end in the Red-White game that benefited most from Phillips, getting four tackles and a sack, mostly thanks to the fact that Phillips was causing such a disruption that other defenders were able to take advantage of openings in the protection.

If the Oklahoma Sooners defense wants to succeed in 2013, they need Jordan Phillips to carry the entire defense on his broad 6-6, 318-pound frame. Jordan needs to become the next Gerald McCoy, and signs are he is headed in the right direction.

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