NORMAN — Continuing our unit-by-unit look at the 2014 Oklahoma football team, here is a look at the Sooners’ linebackers entering Saturday’s spring game.
85; Geneo Grissom; Sr.; 6-4; 263
98; Chuka Ndulue; Sr.; 6-3; 274
87; D.J. Ward; RFr.; 6-2; 245
80; Jordan Phillips; Jr.; 6-6; 324
93; Jordan Wade; So.; 6-4; 299
97; Charles Walker; RFr.; 6-2; 289
95; Quincy Russell; Sr.; 6-4; 315
91; Charles Tapper; Jr.; 6-4; 261
90; Matt Dimon; So.; 6-2; 268
84; Michael Onuoha; So.; 6-5; 235
Defensive line analysis: Just a year ago, this was believed to be the weakest unit on the entire team. Today, it might one of the deepest.
“As a competitor, as an athlete, as a human being, when someone dogs you, when someone says that you’re the weakest link of the team, it motivates you to be the best person you can be,” said senior defensive end Chuka Ndulue. “Now there are all these people praising us, but we can’t get carried away and relaxed with that. What we did to get here, we need to continue. We actually need to be better. Some of the games like Texas and Baylor, we can’t lose in those games. We could’ve been a national championship team.”
Defensive tackles Jordan Phillips and Quincy Russell will each miss the spring game, so OU fans will likely get a closer look at redshirt freshman Charles Walker, who has received rave reviews from teammates and coaches alike.
Senior Geneo Grissom is still listed as a defensive end, but expect to see him at outside linebacker some Saturday.
Obviously, Tapper and Ndulue are guys fans are familiar with, but the spring game should be a good opportunity to get a look at guys like Matt Dimon, Michael Onuoha and D.J. Ward.
Here’s a full schedule for the “State of the Sooners” series:
Wednesday, 9 a.m..: Special teams
Wednesday, noon.: Defensive backs
Wednesday, 3 p.m.: Linebackers
Thursday, 9 a.m.: Defensive linemen
Thursday, noon: Offensive linemen
Thursday, 3 p.m.: Tight ends
Friday, 9 a.m.: Wide receivers
Friday, noon: Running backs
Friday, 3 p.m.: Quarterbacks