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OU defensive tackle Daniel Noble has a lot of questions

Teammates say Daniel Noble is talented, wants to learn
BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, Modified: September 23, 2010 at 8:49 am •  Published: September 22, 2010

NORMAN — The moment he stepped on Oklahoma's campus, Daniel Noble sought out veteran defensive tackle Adrian Taylor.

And peppered Taylor with questions. And questions. And more questions.

"I've never met a d-tackle like Daniel," Taylor said. "I say that because his willingness to learn, there's nobody that's ever been like that.

"How ever many questions he asked I answered them. And he has no lack of questions."

That eagerness to learn has taken Noble to a place few Stoops-era defensive tackles outside Tommie Harris have enjoyed.

On the field as a true freshman early in the season.

"I got with Adrian Taylor all summer, asking him so many different questions, just absorbing as much as I could," Noble said. "Most of us coming in here have the skills. It's about learning the game.

"I was just determined to learn and work as hard as I could to become as good as I could and advance as fast as I could. I wasn't going to be disappointed if I didn't play. I just wanted to do the best I could."

But last Saturday against Air Force, Noble did play. And not in mop-up time, but crunchtime, when the Falcons were surging in the second half.

Not only did the 6-foot-3, 281-pound Noble hold his own in his first notable action — he flourished.

"He played a heck of a game," coach Bob Stoops said. "He's tough, physical, plays with technique, has good feet. He's going to be a really good player. He already is. But I mean he has a chance to be one of those special ones, if he keeps maturing."

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