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August 29, 2013

On the lookout for tackles

NORMAN — Oklahoma likes the depth of its offensive line heading into the season, but OU coach Bob Stoops made a plea for more Wednesday.

“I would say we’re OK, but I’d say we’re short-handed at tackles more than anything,” he said. “If any recruits are listening.”

The Sooners will enter the season opener with Derek Farniok, Josiah St. John and Christian Daimler in their three-deep behind Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams at the tackle spot.

Farniok is a redshirt sophomore. St. John, a junior college transfer, and Daimler, a true freshman, are both in the first year in the program.

Stoops said one thing OU has done to help out at tackle is try senior right tackle Bronson Irwin out there from time to time.

“He does well out there,” Stoops said. “We have him in some of the stuff when we’re going against each other. He’s worked it really well. He’s got good feet.”

Freshman praise: Freshman linebacker Dominique Alexander isn’t currently in the Sooners’ two-deep depth chart, but the Tulsa Washington product has caught the head coach’s eye in the preseason. Stoops said Alexander has the one trait all good linebacker and safeties need.

“He’s a good player and a natural athlete and he has a natural feel in there at linebacker,” Stoops said. “The really great safeties and linebackers, you don’t have to tell them much. They find the ball. They always show up where they’re supposed to without a lot of direction. They understand where other people are going and where they line up, but after that, those really good ones, you’ve got their eyes and where they start and you don’t have to tell them anything after that. He has a lot of that.

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