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Striker named one of college football's top hitters by NFL.com

by Ryan Aber Published: June 30, 2014
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Oklahoma’s Eric Striker hounded Alabama’s AJ McCarron all night.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma’s Eric Striker hounded Alabama’s AJ McCarron all night. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker became a fan favorite last year when he had 50 tackles and 6.5 sacks as a sophomore.

In the Sugar Bowl he gave Alabama’s offensive line—and quarterback AJ McCarron fits as he sacked McCarron three times and had seven tackles and a forced fumble.

It’s no surprise that Striker is drawing plenty of attention as he prepares for his junior season.

In its continuing 14 for ’14 series, NFL.com lists Striker among the 14 biggest hitters in college football.

“Come on—with that name, he has to be a big hitter,” Mike Huguenin wrote on the post, putting Striker at No. 10. “Just ask former Alabama QB AJ McCarron, who was terrorized by Striker in OU’s upset of the Tide in last season’s Sugar Bowl. Striker is known for his pass-rush abilities; he is on the short side for a pass rusher, but he overcomes his lack of height with good speed off the edge. And when he gets where he is going, chances are he’s delivering a big blow.”

Probably Striker’s biggest hit of last season came early in the OU-Texas game when Striker flipped Longhorns quarterback Case McCoy with a hit. Striker was called for a personal foul on the play.

Striker is one of two Big 12 players on NFL.com’s list, joining West Virginia free safety Karl Joseph.

Striker made NFL.com’s list twice in the series, coming in at No. 7 on the scariest players in college football list.

On the list of best head coaches in college football, NFL.com ranked Sooners coach Bob Stoops No. 7, just behind Baylor coach Art Briles and Kansas State’s Bill Snyder. Alabama’s Nick Saban was No. 1.

Elsewhere in the 14 for ’14 series, former Sooners offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson is listed as being on the hot seat this season, as is former OU co-defensive coordinator Bo Pelini, as well as former OSU assistants Tim Beckman and Dana Holgersen.

 


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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