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Berry Tramel: It’s all riding on OU's defense

by Berry Tramel Modified: October 2, 2009 at 7:59 am •  Published: October 2, 2009
"Nothing,” Stoops told him. "We’re going to get our dot-dot-dot kicked.”

That’s not what Snyder wanted to hear, but it was the truth. And so is this. McCoy is an NFL defensive tackle still playing the campus game. Adrian Taylor is a solid sidekick. OU has more difference-maker defensive ends than some programs have in a decade.

3. Be physical. "Are you tackling, playing good football?” Stoops asks. Again, these Sooners have passed the early exams.

So OU seems capable of winning this game with defense, and truth is, even when Bradford returns, that might have to continue for championship hopes to remain. The abundance of 2008 is gone. No Jermaine Gresham. No Juaquin Iglesias. No Phil Loadholt or Jon Cooper or Duke Robinson.

A healthy Bradford will help immensely. It will not turn the Sooner offense into a juggernaut. The potential juggernaut is on the other side of the ball.

"I’d love to be called one of the great Oklahoma defenses,” said one of those doberman defensive ends, Auston English. "That would be awesome. But if we want to be a great defense, we’re going to have to go on the road and play great defense.”

Miami and quarterback Jacory Harris were squashed in the monsoon at Virginia Tech last week, but they rang up 33 points on Georgia Tech and 38 on Florida State.

Shut down the Hurricanes, and this Sooner defense has taken a step toward greatness. Not to mention victory.

"At the end of the year, I’m looking at leaving a great legacy of OU defense 2009,” Carter said.

That legacy starts with Miami.

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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