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Oklahoma football: Eric Striker, Geneo Grissom will be key pieces on defense

by Ryan Aber Published: August 21, 2014

— When OU last played, Eric Striker and Geneo Grissom were everywhere.

The pair combined for 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recovers — one for a touchdown — in the Sooners’ upset win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

This season, Striker and Grissom will once again be key pieces on OU’s defense — although with slightly different roles.

As a sophomore last year, Striker was primarily used as a rusher off the edge.

This season, he’ll still get after quarterbacks plenty, but will also drop back into coverage at times.

“It’s not a big deal like people are making it,” Striker said, though he added he’s excited to be in coverage.

Grissom seemed to find a home at defensive end last year after bouncing around. But now, Grissom is transitioning once again, moving to linebacker.

“Everyone asks me if I’ve found a home,” Grissom said. “It’s not really about finding a home. It’s just about finding a place where I can make plays for the team.

“I love it. I feel like it’s a great position for me and I can make plays there and help the defense.”

While Grissom and Striker are adjusting to shifted roles in the second season of Mike Stoops’ three-man-front defense, the linebackers on the inside are growing after getting to play as true freshmen.

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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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