Oklahoma football: Sooners defenders not satisfied despite limiting La.-Monroe to 166 offensive yards

by Ryan Aber Published: August 31, 2013


photo - Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin (14) and Oklahoma's Frank Shannon (20) bring down Louisiana Monroe's Monterrell Washington (2) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Oklahoma won 34-0. Photo by Bryan Terry The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin (14) and Oklahoma's Frank Shannon (20) bring down Louisiana Monroe's Monterrell Washington (2) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Oklahoma won 34-0. Photo by Bryan Terry The Oklahoman

Corey Nelson was all smiles after Oklahoma's 34-0 thumping of Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night.

But he delivered a serious message after the Sooners posted their first shutout since 2010 — this is just the start.

“We're not satisfied at all,” the Sooners linebacker said. “I will make sure that the defense won't be satisfied with this win that we got, especially a shutout. We have to continue to stay hungry and stay humble.”

After giving up 40 points in three of its final four games last season, Oklahoma's defense was plenty humbled.

But they started Mike Stoops' second season back as defensive coordinator in fine form.

Louisiana-Monroe, which averaged more than 400 yards of total offense last season and returned most of its starters, managed just 166 yards against the Sooners. Only 38 of those yards came on the ground and only three of those came from quarterback Kolton Browning.

Browning was hurt early, limiting his mobility, but the Sooners still didn't allow him much room to work.

The Sooners did it with plenty of pressure, an element that was all-too-often missing from last year's defense.

OU's defense also came up big at opportune moments, holding Monroe to just 2 of 16 on third-down conversions.

Oklahoma's defense mostly lined up in a three-man front and kept Browning scrambling with a healthy dose of defensive linemen Charles Tapper and Jordan Phillips.

Tapper saw some playing time last season but will play a leading role at defensive end this year.

The Baltimore product who didn't start playing football until he was a junior in high school lived up to the hype, with three tackles, a quarterback hurry and plenty more that didn't show up on the stat sheet.

The pressure by Tapper and the rest of the defensive line was certainly appreciated by freshman cornerback Zack Sanchez, Tapper's roommate.


by Ryan Aber
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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