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Oklahoma football: New Sooners assistants Jerry Montgomery, Jay Boulware glad to be a part of 'big dog' program

by Jason Kersey Published: March 6, 2013

/articleid/3762469/1/pictures/1971673">Photo - OU COLLEGE FOOTBALL / DEFENSIVE LINE COACH: New University of Oklahoma assistant football coach Jerry Montgomery  PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ATHLETICS
OU COLLEGE FOOTBALL / DEFENSIVE LINE COACH: New University of Oklahoma assistant football coach Jerry Montgomery PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ATHLETICS

The OU defensive line was senior-dominated in 2012, so it returns very little experience. The unit could also change dramatically if the Sooners, as expected, shift to a 3-4 defensive system.

Oklahoma currently has just three defensive tackles on campus — junior Torrea Peterson, sophomore Jordan Phillips and redshirt freshman Jordan Wade, none of whom have much game experience.

Montgomery wouldn't talk specifically about any schematic or personnel changes, but did say coaches would “move some guys around.”

“We'll move some things around a little bit, but I like what I have to work with and look forward to starting spring ball Saturday,” Montgomery said.

Boulware inherits a tight end group that didn't contribute much last season. Senior Brannon Green caught a touchdown in Oklahoma's season opener, but didn't consistently produce throughout the year.

Freshman Taylor McNamara had shoulder surgery in October and missed the rest of the season. Boulware wouldn't comment on McNamara's status for spring football.

“You know what, OU's had a number of great players at the tight end position over the course of the years, and I think OU fans and the communities around here should expect to see that here again in the near future,” Boulware said.

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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