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OU football notebook: Defensive end Charles Tapper suspended for first half of Saturday's game

Tapper was ejected from last weekend's game for throwing a punch at a Baylor player.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: November 11, 2013


Sophomore defensive end Charles Tapper will be suspended for the first half of Saturday’s game against Iowa State after he was ejected in the second half of the Baylor loss for throwing a punch.

The ejection came on a Baylor extra-point attempt early in the fourth quarter.

Tapper’s punch didn’t hit much, glancing off the side of the Baylor lineman’s helmet.

“It’s got no business being part of the game,” Stoops said.


OU coach Bob Stoops said after Thursday's game that he would evaluate whether any changes would need to be made, including whether any changes needed to be made in play-calling duties.

Monday, he wouldn't indicate whether that would be a change that would be made.

“Whether it is or not, it isn't something I'm going to acknowledge publicly,” Stoops said when asked if play-calling was a problem. “That's something we'll work through in the office with coaches. It's always fair to say there's blame to go around for everybody, but also sometimes when you're getting beat up front it doesn't matter what you call.”


One of the inconsistent areas of Oklahoma's offense has been the play of the line.

Against Notre Dame and Texas Tech, the line was considered one of the team's biggest strengths.

In losses to Texas and Baylor and other games, the front has at times struggled to protect Bell and give the offense room to work.

In Thursday's loss, Baylor's front slanted toward the Sooners' strength, and OU didn't adjust.

“You know, the one drive they didn't slant, we drove right down the field and scored,” Sooners center Gabe Ikard said. “Their movement, we weren't able to adjust to it well enough. They slanted flatter than we thought they would and what we practiced. That's no excuse. We weren't able to cut guys off and get seams for the running backs. They way they played us — slanting to where we normally run the ball and playing off some of our tendencies — they had a good plan.”

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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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