OU football notebook: Sooners defense stays diverse

OU still used primarily a three-man front on defense against Notre Dame but used it in different ways than it did the first three games of the season.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 30, 2013


photo - Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops talks with players during a timeout in a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Oklahoma won 34-0. Photo by Bryan Terry The Oklahoman
Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops talks with players during a timeout in a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Oklahoma won 34-0. Photo by Bryan Terry The Oklahoman

SOONERS DEFENSE STAYS DIVERSE

Oklahoma still used primarily a three-man front on defense against Notre Dame but used it in different ways than it did the first three games of the season.

The Sooners regularly used four linebackers, with two close to the line of scrimmage on many plays against Notre Dame's offense, which was more traditional than most the Sooners will face.

The defensive scheme allows Oklahoma to change the defense to match the personnel offensively while keeping the same personnel on the field itself.

“To this point, I've liked what I've seen,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “We have more diversity and more speed on the field, more diversity to blitz, pressure and all those things and different ways to cover to the speed that's on the field.”

Many of the changes were made with Big 12 offenses in mind, Stoops said.

MORNING KICK FOR TEXAS DOESN'T BOTHER STOOPS

Stoops doesn't mind OU-Texas starting at 11 a.m.

“I would take it every time,” Stoops said of the early kickoff. “I think all coaches do. You get tired of waiting around all day. You never mind it when you know you can wake up and go right at it, then get in the easy chair in the afternoon when there's still light out.”

It will be the third consecutive season that the game has started in the morning and the fifth time in six years.

The Sooners have won the last three meetings with the Longhorns, including last year's 63-21 blowout.

Texas (2-2, 1-0) hosts Iowa State this week.

NELSON DOESN'T DROP THE BALL

After dropping a couple of would-be interceptions against Tulsa, Oklahoma linebacker Corey Nelson vowed he wouldn't drop one again if it hit his hands.

“I had to make up for it,” Nelson said. “I told my teammates that I'll make up for it and I did.”

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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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