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OU report card: Sooners QB Trevor Knight solid, not spectacular in victory

by Jenni Carlson Published: August 30, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) runs during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) runs during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

The Sooner secondary looks completely different than last season. Aaron Colvin is gone. Julian Wilson has moved. Ahmad Thomas is in. And yet, the unit had a stellar night. Led by returning corner Zack Sanchez’s interception, the secondary allowed only 191 passing yards on 22-of-36 passing by La Tech. Granted, the Bulldogs aren’t a high-powered offense like the Sooners will see in conference play, but the OU secondary rarely looked lost or out of position. All around, a solid night.

MANNY DIAZ: D

The La Tech defensive coordinator has got to be happy to have OU in the rearview mirror. His defense gave up 48 points and 436 yards Saturday night — but that’s nothing new for Diaz. In two games against OU when he was at Texas, his Longhorn defenses gave up 55 points and 63 points against the Sooners.

SWITZER’S SPRYNESS: A

At the start of the fourth quarter, a hype video of Barry Switzer ran on the jumbotrons. Then the legendary Sooner coach came running out of the northwest tunnel. For a guy who’s 76 years old and has had his share of surgeries, he was moving pretty good. The whole production was kinda goofy, but gotta give it up to Switzer’s foot speed.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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