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Oklahoma football: Offensive linemen see improvement

by Jason Kersey Published: September 11, 2012

Onuoha saw his first game action in the second half of Saturday's rout of Florida A&M, along with his fellow true freshman end, Charles Tapper.

“It was pretty exciting,” Onuoha said. “I've been working hard in practice, so the fact that I'm out there Saturday was pretty great.”

He said the biggest adjustment is the speed of the college game, although Onuoha is still pretty new to the game of football, period. He didn't play much until his senior year of high school at Edmond Santa Fe — he first was noticed by college coaches because of his impressive showing at OU's 2011 summer camp — and he entered the 2011 season weighing 215 pounds.

Onuoha said he's up to about 245 now, but still wants to add another 10 pounds or so to his 6-foot-5 frame.

Asked about the performances of Onuoha and Tapper, senior defensive end R.J. Washington said, “I think they did good. They still kinda played like freshmen, but they're coming along. You get more and more experience, you get more and more confidence. The sky's the limit for those guys.”


Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said he was “happy for Arizona, happy for coach (Rich) Rodriguez and all the players,” Monday when asked about his former team's 59-38 win over Oklahoma State last weekend.

Stoops was head coach at Arizona from 2004 until he was fired midway through last season.

“They must have played an awfully great game,” Stoops said. “That's a tough place to play there at night. Really proud of what (quarterback) Matt Scott has done. We all knew he was a great player.”

Stoops was 41-50 during his tenure at Arizona.