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OU football notebook: Offensive, defensive lines more physical

Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops credits assistants Bill Bedenbaugh and Jerry Montgomery.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: April 6, 2014
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OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said he’s noticed the Sooners have become tougher on the offensive and defensive lines since assistant coaches Bill Bedenbaugh and Jerry Montgomery, respectively, took over those units last spring.

Bedenbaugh worked four years under Stoops when he was head coach at Arizona.

“He’s an outstanding, tough, hard-nosed guy that is a very good offensive line coach,” Stoops said. “We have some very athletic players. We’re utilizing our best players, too. We try to emphasize what we’re good at, and I think that’s what coaching is all about. It shows the versatility.”

As evidence of that versatility, Stoops cited that OU threw for more than 4,000 yards in 2012, and then rushed for 3,191 yards in 2013.

“I think that shows great coaching by our offensive coaches, being able to utilize the personnel they have,” Stoops said.

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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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