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Oklahoma Football: Why David Ash better be braced for the Sooner blitz

COMMENTARY — Mike Stoops is back in the Cotton Bowl for the first time since 2003, and so is the Sooner blitz. Expect OU try to make life miserable for Texas quarterback David Ash.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 12, 2012

Speaking of comfort, Stoops has it, even while blitzing, because of his defensive backfield, which has become the strength of this OU team. Cornerbacks Aaron Colvin and Demontre Hurst, plus free safety Tony Jefferson, are the highest-performing Sooners. They were superb last week against Tech's pass-happy offense.

“It gives you some comfort,” Stoops said. “We feel like we've blitzed pretty effectively this year. But you still have to be strategic.”

For instance, Tech combats the blitz with screen passes to receivers. Texas counters with screens to the tailbacks. The Sooners can't sell out without accounting for those plays, which worked particularly well for UT against OSU blitzes two weeks ago.

“It's a cat and mouse game continuously each week to try to develop ways (to blitz) and cover your butt in all areas,” Stoops said. “There's a fine line.”

The OU defensive line has played solid this season but isn't built to assault the quarterback on its own. It has to have help from blitzers.

So here's the line for Saturday. Get to Ash, get a victory.

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