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Oklahoma football: Corey Nelson says improved defensive line will help linebackers

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 13, 2013

Senior offensive lineman Bronson Irwin said it was a welcome change.

“I think the biggest thing is just, going through practice, you notice if the protection's not 100 percent — we always want to have great pass protection — but you see those guys, all the sudden they're six yards down the field running,” Irwin said. “It's not something that we've really been used to in the past, and I think it's something that we've kind of enjoyed.”


Former Sooner tight end Jermaine Gresham recently donated $30,000 to his alma mater, Ardmore High School, to pay for new uniforms.

Gresham, now with the Cincinnati Bengals, starred for the Tigers from 2003-05, racking up 1,205 yards and 24 touchdowns on 70 catches as a senior.

In his three years at Oklahoma, Gresham set a school record for tight ends with 1,627 receiving yards.

Gresham is entering his fourth year in the NFL, all with Cincinnati.


Senior safety Gabe Lynn said Tuesday that there was some competition among the three players from Jenks on the team about who is the best former Trojan.

In addition to Lynn, redshirt freshman running back Alex Ross and freshman wide receiver Jordan Smallwood are on the roster.

Lynn was the only Jenks player on the Sooners' roster when he arrived.

“It's fun,” Lynn said of having Ross and Smallwood around. “We had a little thing in here yesterday and I think it was Jordan Smallwood saying he was the best to come out of Jenks.

“There was a little competition there.”

The Sooners are hot after another Jenks player, defensive back Steven Parker, who is No. 1 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top recruits for 2014.

Lynn said the Sooners were working hard on Parker.

“Definitely,” he said. “We're trying to get him up here.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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