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Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners' Eric Striker compares Kenneth Dixon's flop to LeBron James

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 1, 2014

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Late in the second quarter of Saturday's 48-16 win over Lousiana Tech, Bulldogs’ running back Kenneth Dixon and Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker got tangled up a bit after a play.

When Striker raised his arm, Dixon fell back like he’d been hit forcefully. There was no flag on the play, which came two plays before Louisiana Tech kicked a field goal.

Striker was asked Monday whether it looked like a soccer flop.

“He did, didn’t he?" Striker said. “Flopping like that. Or LeBron James. Something like that.”

Striker talked to Dixon about it after the game ended.

“I was kind of caught off guard,” Striker said. “That’s just him trying to get a penalty. He sold it a lot, didn't he? Like he almost hurt himself. It was kind of funny. I laughed. I’m sure you all laughed. I told him he was crazy for that after the game. He just laughed at me. He was just trying to do what he had to do to help his team, so that's what he did. It was pretty funny, though.

“I think he should win an Oscar for it.”


Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops expected to receive clarification Monday afternoon on the targeting penalty that caused sophomore linebacker Jordan Evans to be ejected Saturday.

“I’ve got a request into the office — the officials’ office — and I’m sure by this afternoon sometime I’ll have some kind of clarification on it and even some explanation,” Stoops said. “I need to know what I can tell the player. It’s a pretty tight situation. But Walt Anderson and all our crew at the Big 12, they do a great job. We’ll get an explanation one way or the other. We just want to learn from it.”

Evans will be back Saturday against Tulsa.

He was ejected late in the first quarter when he made helmet-to-helmet contact with Louisiana Tech quarterback Cody Sokol as Sokol started to slide.

Cornerback Zack Sanchez said players have to be able to adjust regardless of what the offensive player does.

“It’s tough,” Sanchez said. “You never know when a quarterback is going to slide. Going full speed, it’s hard to adjust. That’s one of the things that Coach Stoops stresses. We watch a video every week on targeting and things like that. He’ll learn from it obviously and be more cautious, but as defenders we have to be more cautious.”


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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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