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Oklahoma football: Sooners' defensive line supports Charles Tapper

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: November 12, 2013

Oklahoma junior Geneo Grissom said the defensive lineman group is like a “brotherhood.”

That's why Grissom and the other defensive linemen were supportive after sophomore Charles Tapper's fourth-quarter ejection Thursday night against Baylor, but also honest.

“We all told him that was a bonehead choice to make, but we've all got his back no matter what,” Grissom said.

After Baylor's final extra-point attempt of its 41-12 rout of Oklahoma, a Baylor lineman hit Tapper in the facemask, prompting Tapper to respond with a punch.

Officials flagged Tapper for unnecessary roughness and ejected him. The Big 12 Conference issued a one-half suspension in response.

“This is his first time being in a situation like this, first time being out there and just having all this publicity and whatnot,” said junior defensive end Chuka Ndulue. “You've gotta hold yourself to a higher standard. A lot of people are looking at you. You can't just react like that. I understand he was getting frustrated. I was, too. Everyone was getting frustrated. You've just gotta learn to keep your anger down.”

Ndulue noted the Baylor player threw the first punch, but that doesn't excuse Tapper's reaction.

“The second guy always gets caught, because if you watch it, the dude jabbed him first and Tap responded,” Ndulue said. “Everyone makes mistakes, and I told him he's gonna be all right. Right now it's gonna look bad, a lot of people are gonna talk to him about it and get at him in social media. But if he just keeps his head up, before he knows it, in two weeks, it'll be behind him.


Three years later, Gabe Ikard is still upset with Kirk Herbstreit.

Herbstreit was the color commentator for Oklahoma's 47-41 win over Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Nov. 27, 2010, and blamed Ikard for a third-quarter sack on Landry Jones.

Cowboys linebacker Justin Gent burst through a giant hole in the left side of Oklahoma's offensive line and sacked Jones for a nine-yard loss.

“I think because they disguised it so well, there's confusion right here by the left guard, this time Ikard, he comes down, and allows Gent to come free,” Herbstreit said during the broadcast.

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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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