Oklahoma football: Sooners' defensive line takes care of its feet

Linemen occasionally go to get pedicures, but that doesn't mean the Sooners are soft up front.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 30, 2012

— David King's toes wiggled beneath his socks as his booming voice filled the room.

The heels of his size 15 feet rested on the hardwood floor of the team's meeting room as King answered questions.

Those “boats,” as King called them, have helped him push 300-pound linemen off their feet, and they've been on the field as Oklahoma's defense has allowed only three first-half touchdowns this season.

His feet also are well-groomed. Something Sooner fans might not know about this defense is that besides taking care of offenses on the field, they take pride in taking care of their feet. That means that they really like getting pedicures.

Oklahoma has been talked about as a finesse team because of its solid defensive backfield and no-huddle offense, but the Sooners also have been criticized for their inability to shut down games in the second half of losses to Kansas State and Notre Dame.

The Sooners don't have a player who ranks in the top 20 nationally in sacks or tackles for loss.

But their toughness isn't something they think should be questioned, even if almost the entire defensive line has gone to get pedicures together. Sometimes cornerback Aaron Colvin joined them. It's a team bonding thing.

The Sooners don't do it often. Just after “heavy football,” like fall camp. They see it as a celebration, a treat for being done.

“I'm not going to lie,” King said. “It's relaxing.”

But they do think about it during the season. On Oct. 16, Chuka Ndulue tweeted “Awwww I need a pedicure dawwwwggg.”

Even some offensive players take time to take care of their feet. Back in September, wide receiver Justin Brown tweeted a picture of him getting a pedicure along with “Gotta get my feet right … Don't judge me.”

Some have questioned the toughness of OU's front seven this season. They Sooners have lost two games to teams (Kansas State and Notre Dame) that are more physical up front, but tackle Jamarkus McFarland said he saw it as a fight to the fourth quarter.

“They're two of the teams that are still undefeated right now, ranked in the top five of the BCS standings,” McFarland said. “That's a respectable loss. We played well again both of them. … They fought harder, fought longer, and they got the win.”

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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