Oklahoma football Q&A: Eric Striker having fun with his new pass coverage responsibilities

Eric Striker is practicing in the nickelback spot along with sophomore Ahmad Thomas while returning starter Julian Wilson recovers from shoulder surgery this spring.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 23, 2014


photo - The Sooners lift up Oklahoma's Eric Striker (19) as they celebrate after Striker scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery during the final play of the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. OU won, 33-24. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
The Sooners lift up Oklahoma's Eric Striker (19) as they celebrate after Striker scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery during the final play of the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. OU won, 33-24. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Have you matched up much with Blake Bell?

Blake’s been holding, man (laughs). Nah, I think Blake’s been doing good. He’s been locking on and holding, but he’s doing real good. He’s got me a couple times.

What’s it like to finally get a shot at him? He can’t wear that blue jersey anymore.

It’s cool. He’s really transitioning well. He’s got the quarterback mentality at tight end, of course he’s gotta be more physical, and it’s something I can tell through the practices. He’s gotten way more physical.

Did last season give you and the other defensive players more confidence?

We’ve got a little more confidence. Attitude. But it’s still work at the end of the day. Everything’s not gonna be perfect, but I think we’re more comfortable. We’re so far ahead of where we were last year because we kinda switched our defense up, and now we’ve got our defense in.

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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