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Oklahoma football notebook: OU-TCU will feature 3 former Skyline linebackers in Corey Nelson, Frank Shannon and Paul Dawson

Shannon and Nelson lead the Sooners this season with 27 and 21 tackles, respectively, and Dawson, a junior, has recorded 10 tackles and appeared in all four of the Horned Frogs' games.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 1, 2013

GRISSOM: SOONERS THINKING NATIONAL TITLE

Oklahoma junior defensive end Geneo Grissom didn't mince words when discussing his expectations for his still-unbeaten team in 2013.

When asked if he wishes he could enjoy last week's 35-21 win at Notre Dame a little longer, Grissom said, “No. It was a great win, a great accomplishment for us. But we're looking at bigger things. We think we can win a national championship this year. And that's what we're striving for.”

Grissom — who started his OU career at defensive end, then switched to tight end and back last season — said the key to the Sooners' defensive success has been an increased focus on being more physical.

The Sooners' senior-dominated defensive front was heavily criticized last season, and then was depleted by graduation, leading to many questions about the unit entering 2013.

But so far, the defensive line has played well under first-year position coach Jerry Montgomery.

“Everybody was saying we weren't the best D-line coming into the season,” Grissom said. “We were able to prove some more people wrong (against Notre Dame).”

SOONERS PREPARE FOR BOYKIN

Oklahoma's defense knows what TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is capable of, having seen his athleticism up close and personal in last December's 24-17 victory in Fort Worth.

Boykin threw for 231 yards and an 80-yard touchdown pass in the game, and added 36 yards and a score on the ground.

“He's a real good scrambler, but at the same time he can throw the deep ball,” said OU junior nickelback Julian Wilson. “We were watching film today, he was throwing balls 60 yards off the scramble. We've got to focus staying on our man once he scrambles.”

QUOTABLE

Sophomore linebacker Eric Striker, on his unit's lack of playing time last year:

“Now that we're a part of it, you see what we can do.”

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...
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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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