“It’s always a point of emphasis — trying to get turnovers,” OU head coach Bob Stoops said. “We’re trying to strip the ball and force the quarterback’s hand. Hawking the ball is what you’re always trying to do.”
Those things didn’t suddenly become a point of emphasis in the preseason. The Sooners have been emphasizing those things for years.
“That just comes with being aggressive. When you’re aggressive and out there flying around trying to make a play then that’s when they’re going to start happening,” cornerback Aaron Colvin said. “When you’re zoned into your keys, when you’re tuned into what coach is trying to teach you during preparation week, then that’s when you’re going to make plays.
“The more prepared you are, the more plays you make. We’re going to be more consistent this year as far as preparing and we’re going to be a lot more aggressive and physical.”
Does it mean OU didn’t play that way last season? It’s a subjective question. But OU defended 905 plays last season. Only 16 of those resulted in turnovers. The average was 1.2 a game or one every 56.5 plays.
If OU wants to play better defense, it has to get more turnovers.
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