Oklahoma football notebook: OU defensive line deep but needs Jordan Phillips back

Oklahoma’s defensive line is certainly the deepest it’s been since Mike Stoops’ return as defensive coordinator. It’s also one of the deepest at any time during Stoops’ time in Norman.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: March 27, 2014

Oklahoma’s defensive line is certainly the deepest it’s been since Mike Stoops’ return as defensive coordinator.

It’s also one of the deepest at any time during Stoops’ time in Norman.

“You get Jordan Phillips back and we can go two-deep and not really slide much,” Stoops said. “Tap (Charles Tapper) and Geneo Grissom are difference makers. The other guys will be difference makers as they continue to grow. Chuka (Ndulue)’s the old reliable horse in there that holds down the fort.

“They all work together extremely well.”

Phillips injured his back early last season and never returned. He’s sitting out spring practices as well.

“His recovery has been on point,” Stoops said. “He’s not ready to play right now. We haven’t pulled him out for any precautionary reasons. He just needs that time. It’s the same with Adam Shead. We want them to be ready to go at the beginning of summer so they can get in shape and be ready to practice for us in August. That’s really what we’re worried about.”

GRISSOM SETTLES IN

After a big Sugar Bowl, there are high expectations for Geneo Grissom this season.

Grissom bounced between offense and defense before finding a home at defensive end last season.

“I think the light turned on for Geneo,” Stoops said. “He’s made a lot of improvements.

“It just takes time for you to get comfortable and to be able to make those plays and feel that confidence and that’s what some of the younger guys are struggling with right now. We finally saw that athletic ability that Geneo can possess.”

WALKER MIGHT TAKE TIME

Among the players going through spring practices that didn’t see much or any playing time last season, defensive tackle Charles Walker has garnered plenty of attention.

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by Ryan Aber
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...
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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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