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Red River Rivalry: OU looking for 'wrinkles' from Texas defense

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 8, 2013

Oklahoma coaches have three Texas game films to review what Longhorns defensive coordinator Greg Robinson has been doing with his group.

But they'll be going back even deeper than that.

“Certainly, you're gonna pay attention to who he is and what he's done in the past,” Sooners co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “In the short amount of time he's been there, you get a little chance to see how he wants to use his personnel. He had a couple extra days, so I expect a couple wrinkles as well.”

Robinson took over a month ago after Manny Diaz was fired following a 40-21 loss at BYU on Sept. 7.

“You can see scheme-wise that they don't blitz as much as they had been,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. “The rest of it is a lot of the same structure in some cases in their base zone coverage and their fronts and those kinds of things.

“There aren't as many blitzes and as many things going on. They're a little more tapered down and a little more fundamental that way.”

Robinson has coached in the game before. He was the Longhorns' defensive coordinator in 2004, when the Sooners beat Texas 12-0 behind 225 rushing yards by Adrian Peterson.


Wide receiver Trey Metoyer made a big splash with his spring-game performance in 2012 after coming to Norman as a five-star recruit.

But Metoyer had just 17 catches for 148 yards and one touchdown last season.

Metoyer slipped even more this season, with just two catches for 18 yards in the first four games.

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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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