Share “Oklahoma football notebook: Eric Striker...”

Oklahoma football notebook: Eric Striker named SI preseason All-American

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.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 13, 2014

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.

Continue reading this story on the...

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
+ show more

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...
+ show more


Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Monty Python Finally Says Goodbye
  2. 2
    Has 'Darwin's Dilemma' Finally Been Solved?
  3. 3
    Manhunt Underway For Suspect Who Shot At Seminole Co. Deputy
  4. 4
    ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Trailer: Watch Anna Kendrick and the Bellas Go Global
  5. 5
    'It's time for Bob Stoops to coach Gators' says Orlando Sentinel columnist
+ show more