The Norman Transcript

September 10, 2013

Added speed boosting OU defense

Stoops says Sooners are faster at every position

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — One of the biggest keys to Oklahoma’s defensive success apparently came from some offseason.

“I think we're also faster at every position than a year ago. That matters,” OU coach Bob Stoops said.

It’s been especially important in the secondary, where cornerback left Aaron Colvin is the only returning starter.

Right cornerback Zack Sanchez said developing more speed was an emphasis since the 2012 ended.

“We had a really good summer this year,” Sanchez said. “(Strength and conditioning coach Jerry Schmidt) can account for that. We put in a lot of work this summer. We knew what we had to do coming into the season and we knew we were going to have to put in a lot of work to be the defense that we wanted to.”