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Oklahoma football: P.L. Lindley gets some new duties in Sugar Bowl

Sooners' hybrid linebacker/lineman will be tasked with covering the tight ends in Alabama's offense.
by Jason Kersey Published: December 31, 2013

Striker said Texas and Kansas are the two teams Oklahoma has faced this season that most resembled Alabama. Coincidentally, those are the two games in which Lindley played his biggest roles this season.

In Oklahoma's 36-20 loss to Texas, Lindley recorded two tackles and recovered a fumble.

He started the Sooners' 34-19 win at Kansas, and has appeared in each game since, totaling nine tackles for the season.

Lindley arrived at Oklahoma as a linebacker, but was moved to defensive end. This season, he's played a hybrid role, sometimes lining up with his hand on the line of scrimmage and sometimes staying back off the line.

One of the biggest challenges for Lindley against Alabama will be defending the pass. As an outside linebacker, he will likely be asked to cover the Crimson Tide's tight ends.

“It's something I've been working on this whole second half of the season, getting back into the kind of thing I used to do,” Lindley said of playing in pass coverage.

Despite Oklahoma's relative lack of experience playing against an offense like Alabama's, Striker said he welcomes a tough, physical matchup.

“We want contact,” Striker said. “You think I'm gonna run? You think I'm scared of contact? No, we're gonna be down there.”

Asked if Alabama will be the most physical offense OU has faced all season, Striker responded, “I don't know. I haven't played them yet.”

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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