Oklahoma Football: The top-5 toughest defensive players the Sooners will face in 2024

These are the top-5 defensive players, 5 through 1, that the Oklahoma football program faces in their inagural SEC season.
Rose Bowl Game - Alabama v Michigan
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3. Deontae Lawson - Linebacker - Alabama

Deontae Lawson, Will Howard
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Lawson is the next great linebacker in Alabama's historical lineage. The 6'2'', 230-pound backer can flat-out fly. As a pass rusher, he produced 20 total pressures, which included 13 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and 4 sacks on the year. In coverage, there is rarely a receiver that can out-athlete this guy. He's a dynamic and dangerous weapon for the Tide's defense.