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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops expects big things in 2013 from Julian Wilson, Charles Tapper

by Jason Kersey Published: August 2, 2013
Oklahoma junior defensive back Julian Wilson is expected to start at nickelback in 2013. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma junior defensive back Julian Wilson is expected to start at nickelback in 2013. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked at Wednesday night’s Sooner Caravan to name a defensive player fans should watch out for in 2013.

Stoops named two — junior defensive back Julian Wilson and sophomore defensive end Charles Tapper.

“Julian Wilson is a guy we love, the way he played a year ago,” Stoops said. “And Charles Tapper at the defensive end position. A young, second-year guy, are guys I think could come on and really do well.”

Wilson, a former Southmoore standout, is expected to be the Sooners’ nickelback this season after playing a dimeback role a year ago, when he recorded 31 tackles and broke up five passes.

Tapper played sparingly as a true freshman, but enters this season with a strong chance to start opposite junior Geneo Grissom. The 6-foot-4, 261-pound sophomore came to OU from Baltimore.

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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