OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops experimented with one-linebacker schemes, and sometimes didn't play linebackers at all, late last season in an attempt to combat the Big 12's high-powered spread offenses.
“I was pretty firm with OU,” Alexander said. “I've just gotta pray and believe in God, you know, whatever God tells me to do, me and my family, that's what I'm gonna do.”
OU STILL WORKING ON BAMA GAME PLAN
Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel wouldn't tip his hand Tuesday when asked about his offensive strategy for the Sooners' Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl matchup with Alabama.
“We used a little bit of everything in the last ballgame,” Heupel said. “Finding who gives us the best chance and the style of offense that gives us the best chance is something we're gonna continue to work through.”
The game plan will probably determine who plays quarterback against the Crimson Tide. If the Sooners choose to attack Alabama with a run-heavy option plan, redshirt freshman Trevor Knight would likely be the guy.
But if OU wants to run a more pass-heavy attack, junior Blake Bell would probably be the better option.
“We'll have a mixture of a little bit of everything heading into the Sugar Bowl and try to give ourselves a chance to win the ballgame,” Heupel said.
Sophomore linebacker Eric Striker, on the Big 12 vs. SEC element to the Sugar Bowl matchup:
“I think that's all talk. Football is football. People get into this SEC-Big 12. … I don't buy into that. … No. Screw it. It's football. The best team's gonna win.”