OU football notebook: Four-man front a possibility against Notre Dame

The Sooners have used a four-man front for the great majority of Bob Stoops' time in Norman but through the first three games, the defensive line has been almost exclusively in a three-man front, usually in a 3-3-5 defensive alignment.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Modified: September 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm •  Published: September 23, 2013

FOUR-MAN FRONT A POSSIBILITY AGAINST NOTRE DAME

Before the season, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops played coy when asked about switching to a three-man front on the defensive line.

This week, he's doing the same when asked about the possibility of going back to a four-man front against a Notre Dame team that doesn't spread things out nearly as much as the Sooners' other opponents.

“There's a good chance,” Stoops said Monday when asked if the Sooners would use a four-man front against Notre Dame. “But I'm not gonna give you any percentages on it.”

Oklahoma has used a four-man front for the great majority of Stoops' time in Norman but through the first three games, the defensive line has been almost exclusively in a three-man front, usually in a 3-3-5 defensive alignment.

Stoops said Torrea Peterson, Jordan Wade and Quincy Russell were the top candidates at defensive tackle to step in next to Jordan Phillips.

BYE WEEK BENEFITS OU

Last year, the Sooners came off their first bye week and lost to Kansas State 24-19.

Players last week said that was on their minds entering the bye week heading into this weekend's Notre Dame game.

“We had one of, probably, the best bye weeks that I've been a part of as far as practice-wise went,” Sooners fullback Trey Millard said. “We had a lot of good-on-good, just knowing that the competition is going to be good again this weekend and we would have to come out and compete.”

Center Gabe Ikard said it was particularly beneficial given what Notre Dame does defensively.

“Because of the similar three-man front that the defense kind of runs compared to Notre Dame,” Ikard said. “That was very good for us. Had a couple of the hardest practices of the year. I thought we got better.”

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by Ryan Aber
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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