Defensive tackle production, however, isn’t easily charted through tackles and sacks. Staying in a gap and bouncing a run outside or collapsing the pocket won’t necessarily show up on a data printout. Walker and McFarland have been exceptional at doing those little things.
Adding the 6-foot-4, 300-pound McGee, means the Sooners can now afford to rotate three seniors at the two defensive tackle spots. The hope is all three will stay a little fresher.
“It gives us more than depth. I know a lot of people look at it as bringing depth to the lineup, but it does a lot more than that,” McFarland said. “If you put him out there first, you wouldn’t call it depth. He brings a lot to this defense. He’s versatile in what he does. We have another guy we can bring into mix, but he’s someone that can bring something new to our defense.”
The Sooners’ starters have allowed just one touchdown in the last three games. It’s been one of the best streaks of defensive football OU’s had in several years.
Getting some help on the defensive line should help the group. McGee might not have played in a game since 2011, but there isn’t as much rust to remove.
“It’s not like he’s been out of the loop a whole lot. He just needs to find his way back a little bit,” Walker said.
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