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Oklahoma football: Chuka Ndulue carrying his weight as defensive lineman in spring drills

But Oklahoma coaches would like to see the defensive end-turned-tackle gain some weight before the season.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 27, 2013

NORMAN — Oklahoma defensive coaches believe Chuka Ndulue's position change will require some weight gain.

Ndulue — a 6-foot-3, 262-pound defensive end-turned-tackle — though, isn't so sure about all that.

“Right now I'm holding my own,” Ndulue said after Wednesday's practice. “I want to gain weight, but at the same time I don't want to sacrifice speed for it. If I gain weight, it's got to be the right weight.”

Ndulue arrived at Oklahoma a raw, 240-pounder who needed to pack on pounds to play defensive end collegiately. Entering 2013 spring practices, the junior was OU's best option to solidify its dangerously thin defensive-tackle unit.

He started nine games last season at defensive end, recording 43 tackles and five sacks as the only non-senior defensive lineman who received any significant playing time.

“He's in the tweener category,” said new defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery. “He's not tall enough to be a great edge rusher, but not big enough to be a great inside guy.”

After seniors David King, Jamarkus McFarland and Stacy McGee graduated — and younger defensive tackles Marquis Anderson and Damon Williams left the team — Oklahoma found itself with just three defensive tackles.

Junior Torrea Peterson, sophomore Jordan Phillips and redshirt freshman Jordan Wade are those three players; none have much game experience at all. Phillips played some in reserve duty last season, and is considered a raw talent with a high ceiling.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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