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Michael Onuoha, Charles Tapper coming along, but “aren’t ready for primetime yet”

by Jason Kersey Published: October 30, 2012
Michael Onuoha, from Edmond Santa Fe, is improving through his true freshman season. He's seen action in four games this season. PHOTO BY DAVID MCDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN
Michael Onuoha, from Edmond Santa Fe, is improving through his true freshman season. He's seen action in four games this season. PHOTO BY DAVID MCDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN
NORMAN — True freshman defensive ends Michael Onuoha and Charles Tapper are loaded with potential, but are “not quite ready for primetime yet,” said position coach Bobby Jack Wright.

“I like both of them,” Wright said. “Both of them are big, strong, physical guys that have some speed and show some pass rush capability. I really like where both of them are at this point.”

Seniors R.J. Washington and David King and sophomore Chuka Ndulue are the three players rotating in the most at defensive end. Onuoha has appeared in four games, with Tapper getting to play in five.

“Certainly they’re both very, very raw,” Wright said. “The sky’s virtually the limit for those guys.

“They need to have a great spring and a great winter, and then who knows? When they gain some physical maturity with added strength, added weight, it’s gonna enable them to play at a higher level.”

Tapper is from Baltimore, where he played at City College High School. He began playing football his junior year of high school.

Onuoha, from Edmond Santa Fe, played football off and on — his main sport was basketball, where he excelled — until fully committing to the gridiron before his senior season.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Onuoha began getting serious attention after his standout performance at OU’s 2011 summer camp. The Sooners offered Onuoha a scholarship in December; his other offer came from Missouri.

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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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