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March 7, 2009

Venables likes the look of his D

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Lewis, however, still gets giddy when he talks about those lining up around him.

“You know you’re going to be good when Auston English (an all-Big 12 player) is competing for a starting spot. That tells you how good we’re going to be,” he said.

Venables won’t go that far. To him, there will never be a finished product. There are always things that need to get better.

“These other guys have to continue to mature, and improve their fundamentals and technique, their understanding and consistency and their playmaking,” he said. “They’re all light years away. And that’s what this time of the year is for, for you to take time to improve your skill set, improve your fundamentals. We want to create some strengths and attack the weaknesses. And believe me, most of them have plenty of weaknesses to improve on.”

Every spring will be that way. It’s a time of renewal.

But for the Sooner defense, it’s a time to build more confidence instead of trying to create it from scratch.

Lewis was asked how the first two practices had gone against OU’s record-setting offense.

“We’re stopping them,” he said.

That has to build confidence.

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