The Norman Transcript

September 25, 2013

OU defense faces weighty issue

Adding bulk might be necessary against Notre Dame

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Will Oklahoma change from a three-man to a four-man defensive front against Notre Dame? It’s a valid question, but OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops wouldn’t give a straight answer this week.

“We can get in and out of a three- and four-man front. That’s not been a problem for us,” he said.

OU’s played, primarily, with three defensive linemen in its first three games. One reason for that is Louisiana-Monroe, West Virginia and Tulsa rarely used tight ends or had more than two running backs in the backfield.

Notre Dame employs more of a pro-style offense and typically uses at least one tight end on every snap. One way for OU to counteract a big offense is to put one more defensive lineman on the field.