Dominique Alexander quickly became an integral part of OU’s linebacker corps when Corey Nelson went down for the season just before the Sooners’ annual game against Texas.
Alexander wound up making a striking improvement from that point, finishing with 80 tackles.
“I think I’m a totally different player than I was last year,” Alexander said. “I’m a lot smarter. I’m also faster. I’m seeing things better. When I see it, I just shoot the gap instead of thinking about it. I can just play loose and play fast.”
The other spot is where there is the most question.
The status of last year’s leading tackler, Frank Shannon, is in doubt as he fights a year-long suspension imposed by the university after a Title IX sexual assault investigation.
The likely replacement there is Jordan Evans, who played in eight games last season but was slowed by injuries.
“We’ll see,” Stoops said. “Hopefully he made a big jump from his freshman year to where he’s at this year. He has a very high ceiling. Hopefully he’ll continue to progress because I think he can be an outstanding football player.”