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OU football: Irish defense will test the Sooner run game

Despite OU's success running the ball this season, the first real test of the season comes Saturday at Notre Dame.
by Jason Kersey Published: September 22, 2013


photo - Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay (24) is congratulated by offensive lineman Gabe Ikard (64) and fullback Trey Millard (33) following his touchdown against Tulsa in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO109
Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay (24) is congratulated by offensive lineman Gabe Ikard (64) and fullback Trey Millard (33) following his touchdown against Tulsa in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO109

“I wasn't here last year, but I don't know what would have happened last year in that same situation, but it's really a group mentality is what it is,” Bedenbaugh said. “You are accountable to the guy next to you. You are accountable to your teammates, and I know Tyrus is starting to learn that.

“He was hurt, and he fought through it. He toughed through it and played in the game and played pretty good.”

The Irish lost linebacker Manti Te'o from last year's defense, but returned tons of its key guys, not the least of which is defensive tackle Louis Nix III, one of the best defensive linemen in the country.

“They were definitely more physical than we were on the line of scrimmage last year,” said senior center Gabe Ikard. “We've run the ball well as an offensive line this year, but this is the game that's gonna determine where we're at right now as an offensive line and the running phase of our offense. It's going to be a really tough test. We're excited to see where we're at.”

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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