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October 2, 2013

Retooled Sooner defense showing promising results



The Horned Frogs are not the offensive juggernaut No. 17 Baylor, No. 20 Texas Tech or No. 21 Oklahoma State traditionally are. But they will line up with receivers spread all over the field and test a defense’s ability to make one-on-one tackles.

Whether the Sooners handle it Saturday will be telling for the rest of the season.

There are better passers in the Big 12, but TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is probably the conference’s best running quarterback. Players like him gave the Sooners nightmares last season.

Will anything change Saturday?

The Sooners believe they’ll sleep well Saturday night because the scheme isn’t the only thing that’s changed.

“The players make the defense. You know what I mean?” Striker said. “Being aggressive … the scheme of the defense has to do with the players being aggressive.”

Whether OU is attacking more than reacting is up for interpretation. Anyway it’s dissected, it’s on pace to give up significantly fewer points, force more punts and create more turnovers than it did last season.

But the undeniable proof will come if OU can consistently hold Big 12 foes to three touchdowns or less. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is anxious to see what happens when the team starts seeing four- and five-receiver sets on a regular basis.

“That’s what we built this for,” he said.

John Shinn

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