Charles Tapper, Defensive End
Stats: 48 tackles, 5.5 sacks
Charles Tapper had a decent year for a sophomore at the Defensive End position. Having a steady production of tackles for the year, averaging 3.7 tackles per game, with six tackles against Kansas, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia.
He is a player that is capable of applying pressure on opposing offensive lines, and is a threat to hit home with a sack or two during the course of a game. He did that in four games during the course of the season, against Kansas, TCU, Tulsa, and Oklahoma State.
This coming year, between him, Geneo Grissom, Chuka Ndulue, Jordan Phillips, and Jordan Wade, this veteran D-Line should be able to generate even greater penetration, leading to more sacks for all.
The weak point in the line last season, was giving up the big play against the run. Which, as I said when going over the defense, this would be a theme. Tapper has enough speed that he could be vital in turning that around, decreasing the incidence, and the damage that some of these running backs have done during the year.
Stopping the run, starts with this group. Tapper, is going to be a key factor to accomplishing that across the board.