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Oklahoma football: Eric Striker will keep quarterbacks guessing

When news of a potential move to nickelback broke last spring, many wondered why on earth OU would mess with Striker’s role. The answer is twofold: To keep opposing quarterbacks guessing about where he might strike from, and to take advantage of his immense talent.
by Jason Kersey Published: August 22, 2014
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/articleid/5334958/1/pictures/2695204">Photo - Oklahoma's Eric Striker (19) celebrates after a sack beside Oklahoma's Jordan Wade (93) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Oklahoma won 38-30. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Eric Striker (19) celebrates after a sack beside Oklahoma's Jordan Wade (93) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Oklahoma won 38-30. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Striker’s quick learning and versatility has made that possible.

“I think his knowledge has been the thing I’ve been the most impressed with,” Stoops said. “He can play three or four positions for us, and we’ll use him in a lot of those positions depending on personnel. 

“Depending on offensive styles, so we can go big, we can go little. We’re more multiple now and have answers for some questions we probably didn’t have a year ago.”

Striker, on the other hand, has somewhat downplayed his expanded role. 

“It’s nothing really new,” Striker said. “I play a little bit of man; that’s the only bit of change.

“Everything else, I’m pretty much doing the same thing that I’ve been doing.”

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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