Mike Stoops has a lot of work to do to fix the Oklahoma Sooners defensive unit. Already a weak unit in 2012, he lost a number of strong starters, and while he has a stud coming back in Aaron Colvin, he has some work to do to patch holes. Unfortunately, the Oklahoma Sooners 2013 defensive line isn’t riddled with holes, it is one giant pit
There is only one person on the defensive line in 2013 that has any starting experience, and senior Chuka Ndulue is changing positions from defensive end to defensive tackle, meaning no one has any experience starting at the position OU needs them at this season.
Not only is OU starting from scratch on building their defensive line, but they are doing it with a brand new position coach in Jerry Montgomery. Many of the players he plugs in to his defense will be getting their first real game action period this season.
They better hope they gel quick because they don’t get much of a chance to learn with 2012 bowl teams on the schedule for the first six games of the 2013 season. Even a team that sounds weak, like Louisiana-Monroe, was a bowl team in 2012.
While the Oklahoma Sooners 2013 defensive line doesn’t look promising, Bob Stoops pointed out that the receivers in 2012 didn’t look great heading into the season and turned out to be a strong point in the season. Maybe the defensive line can surprise people as well.
Geneo Grissom, who played tight end last season is back on defense for his junior year and will play at one of the end positions. The other end position should see a rotation between two sophomores with Charles Tapper and Michael Onoha rotating in and out. Joining Ndulue in the middle will be sophomore Jordan Phillips.
Another name to watch for is true freshman D.J. Ward, who could really push for playing time early on.
Will the Oklahoma Sooners 2013 defensive line surprise people like the wide receivers did in 2012? Mike Stoops has to hope so or things could get rough for the Sooners early and often.