The Norman Transcript

September 10, 2013

Sooner defensive line exceeding expectations

Phillips, Tapper, Grissom emerging as playmakers

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — In August, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops believed success hinged on the play of the defensive line. Playmakers had to develop in the group. After two games, he likes what he’s seeing from defensive ends Charles Tapper and Geneo Grissom and nose guard Jordan Phillips.

“I thought Jordan Phillips was very disruptive for the most part all day on Saturday,” Stoops said. “Getting him to understand if we can be over the nose like that, that creates a lot of problems for the offense getting up to the next level and keeps our linebackers clean.

“I thought him and Charles Tapper were really good and Geneo gets better every time he steps on the field. They are starting to be playmakers for us.”