The defensive coordinator wouldn’t put a number on how many of those were typically missed last season. But it was something OU couldn’t afford to continue. The whipping it took against Texas A&M in the At&T Cotton Bowl Classic presented that vividly.
“It started right after the A&M game. You see what happened that game. It’s just the little things, we started working on those more,” Wilson said.
The emphasis carried over to spring practice and continued right into fall camp. The goal was to be a defense where, mentally, all were seeing the same things.
“You see before plays, we’re all looking at each other and talking to each other. The reason is we take film a lot more serious and we prepare a lot more this year. Also, we’re a closer group,” Lynn said. “Not just the secondary or the linebackers, the whole defense is closer. Some plays you might see a D-tackle talking to a safety or a linebacker talking to a safety. Whoever it is, everybody’s communicating well.”
The third test comes when the Sooners face Tulsa (1-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday at Owen Field. They’ll face another offense that does a lot before the snap to confuse a defense. One deaf ear or one failure to look for the right signal kicks open the door to a big play. It will be that way in every game this season.