NORMAN — Bob Stoops likes to bring it up often now, pointing out what little outsiders thought about his defensive line last season as Oklahoma switched into a three-man front.
But last year, Mike Stoops and the rest of OU’s defensive coaches had concerns about how the defensive line would come together.
The line, though, wound up being one of the strengths of the Sooners’ defense.
Charles Tapper turned into one of the top defensive ends in the league as a sophomore, Jordan Phillips was a dominant force inside until his season ended due to injury and Geneo Grissom settled in on the other side at defensive end.
Once again, the defensive line figures to be a strength for the Sooners.
Tapper returns and Phillips appears to be healthy after surgery on his back.
“I feel like having Jordan Phillips in there gives us a different guy that can make plays as a nose guard and take up a lot of space over the center,” Mike Stoops said.
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