Sooners linebacker Eric Striker’s performance in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama no doubt raised his national profile.
Earlier this week, Striker received some accolades stemming from that performance when he was named to the Sports Illustrated Preseason All-America Team.
“Premier blitzer terrorized Alabama for seven tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in the Sugar Bowl,” SI.com posted of Striker.
Baylor wide receiver Antwan Goodley and Kansas State wide receiver/kick returner Tyler Lockett from Tulsa Washington also made the first team. Lockett was named to the team as an all-purpose player.
The Sooners’ Sept. 13 game against Tennessee will feature two of the top linebackers in the nation.
The Volunteers’ A.J. Johnson was also named to the first team at linebacker.
No Big 12 players made the magazine’s second team.
GRISSOM STILL ADJUSTING TO LB
Geneo Grissom is still getting settled at linebacker.
The senior, who moved from defensive end after last season, said it might be into the season before he’s fully able to get a grasp on the position.
“Like cover drills, those are completely foreign to me,” Grissom said. “I’m adding that to my skill set I learned from playing defensive end.”
Grissom has been relying on his athleticism to help him cover for his shortcomings at linebacker while he adjusts.
“It makes me look a lot better on plays I didn’t do so well on,” Grissom said.
Grissom said he wasn’t particularly pleased with his performance in Saturday’s scrimmage but said it was beneficial for his development.