Granger's theft of coat foolish for many reasons

by Berry Tramel Modified: January 1, 2008 at 6:49 am •  Published: January 1, 2008
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very bit as much or more than he has.”

Sorry, not buying it. Granger is a difference-maker on the gridiron.

"A player as good as DeMarcus is a big loss,” OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables admitted. "He can rush the passer, he's an immovable object. He is to the defensive line what Curtis has been to linebacker.”

For the record, Lofton is a consensus all-American.

Venables compared Granger to Dusty Dvoracek. Hard to block. Stays on his feet. Physical presence. An NFL talent.

All of which makes Granger's crime even more foolish. He has ensured that a singular stupid act, while on assignment for his football team, will be duly recorded by the pro scouts who will decide his financial windfall post-OU.

And in the meantime, Granger deals with the wrath of Stoops for embarrassing OU and has to look his teammates in the eye when they return to Norman. No one on earth should cheer harder for the Sooners against West Virginia than DeMarcus Granger.

"Granger's a good person,” Bennett said, the evidence notwithstanding. "We're all just going to have to step up and make up for it.”

Easier said than done. Granger's greatest forte was plugging the middle. Requiring two blockers to account for his strength and quickness. Hard to run on OU when Granger posts up inside.

Venables said he is "very surprised, very surprised” at Granger's transgression. "You hate it for him, to make a foolish, foolish decision. It's a life lesson.

"But I feel worse for the other guys. That's a letdown for them. He's feeling personal pain, but we're collectively feeling it out here.”

Maybe DeMarcus Granger got cold. It's not as cold as Granger must feel right now.


by Berry Tramel
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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...
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