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April 12, 2014

Red-White Game won’t showcase all the starters



“What’s going to keep you on the field is ball security and keeping people off the quarterback,” running backs coach Cale Gundy said. “That’s going to give you a chance to stay on the field and do other things.”

· Eric Striker and Devante Bond at outside linebacker: Is Striker really battling for a position? Well, yes.

Striker was great as an edge pass rusher last season, but he has to prove he can play the run and cover to be an every-down linebacker. The Sooners have tried him at the nickel spot, which is essentially the strong side linebacker this spring. Bond is more of an every-down linebacker at 235 pounds.

“Adding Devante Bond this spring was a plus,” linebackers coach Tim Kish said. “He’s certainly going to provide a lot of depth for us. He’s going to have an opportunity to compete to play in certain situations. He’ll have a role. Everybody’s going to have a role and it’ll be a good situation for everybody.”

John Shinn

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