Oklahoma football: Chuka Ndulue carrying his weight as defensive lineman in spring drills

But Oklahoma coaches would like to see the defensive end-turned-tackle gain some weight before the season.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 27, 2013

In the weeks before spring practices began, there was wide speculation that Oklahoma would switch to a 3-4 system.

After Montgomery arrived and Ndulue changed positions, Oklahoma has been able to stick — so far, at least — with their traditional four-man front.

“We want to be a four-down; that's who we are,” Montgomery said.

When the Sooners' opened spring practices March 9, Ndulue got his first taste of the rugged world inside the line of scrimmage.

“It's a big boys' game,” Ndulue said. “I like that a lot. I like hitting people. When I got there, I got to hit people a lot quicker.”

Still, Ndulue admits that it hasn't been an easy adjustment. Interior defensive linemen are often double-teamed by opposing offensive lines.

That's where adding strength and weight would come in handy.

“He's gonna have to put on 10 more pounds, but he's gonna be a good 25, 30-snap guy in there and can be very productive,” said defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, who added that he doesn't think Ndulue will switch between the end and tackle positions the way King did last season.

Asked again about gaining weight, Ndulue responded, “I'm fine. I don't think I've gained any. I'm 2-whatever I am. It fluctuates, my weight.”

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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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