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Big plays net Lofton hardware
Stoops says he's the most productive linebacker Sooners have had

By Scott Wright Modified: November 29, 2007 at 11:44 am •  Published: November 29, 2007
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And he's really good against the run.

"We're definitely going to be aware of him, and we we're going to have to attack him all game long if we want to be successful.”

Two things contribute to Lofton's right-place-at-the-right-time ability. First, it's the nature of the middle linebacker position. He's in the middle of the field and can use his speed to get to the ball on either side.

But Lofton's instincts play a part, too.

"My ability to sniff out a play, I contribute most of it to getting in the film room and knowing what a team is gonna do in certain situations,” Lofton said. "It allows me to make big plays for us.”

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables says his current group of linebackers spend more time in the film room than anyone else on the team except the quarterbacks.

"And Curtis leads the way,” he said. "He's in there every single day.

"He understands there's a process to playing really well.”

Add to that Lofton's physical tools, and you've got a complete player.

"He's a special player,” fellow linebacker Lewis Baker said. "He's a lot faster than he looks. He has punch at the point of attack. He has a low center of gravity. He's a strong guy.

"He's the total package.”



Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton, who was named the AP Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday, has been a key playmaker for the Sooners this season. BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

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