Dupree may play early as defense needs help

By Mike Baldwin Published: January 30, 2008
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think he'll end up being a defensive end.”

When Dupree played football in elementary school and middle school he was a running back. It wasn't until his junior year he focused on defense.

"The thing that makes Alfred special is he is tall, long and rangy,” Roberson said. "He's great off the ball, has a quick first step. He has a knack, especially for someone who didn't play his freshman year. Once we moved him (to defense) there was no stopping him.”

Dupree is well aware defense is the area where OSU needs drastic improvement.

"(OSU's) offense is explosive,” Dupree said. "With the guys they brought in last year, plus the guys this year, we hopefully should be a way better defense, be in the top 30 or top 25 (defensively). That's my goal.”

Because Samples coached at Lincoln, Dupree developed a friendship with OSU redshirt freshman defensive end Richetti Jones. Because of that relationship, Dupree realizes few true freshmen start right away.

How would he feel if he had to redshirt like Jones?

"I'd feel bad but not too bad,” Dupree said. "I'd just get bigger and stronger and faster. I'd come back a better player and still have my four years of eligibility.”

Regardless of when his career starts, or what position Dupree eventually plays, Roberson said Dupree has the potential to be one of the top players to come out of Skyline, best known for being the high school of former NBA star Larry Johnson.

"He'll have to continue to get stronger, but that will come as soon as he gets there and they put him on the weights,” Roberson said. "He has the potential to be a real special player in the Big 12.”