Turnover edge key to OU's 4-0 start

OU football notebook: Defense has surrendered 52 plays of 10 yards or longer.
By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: September 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm •  Published: September 29, 2010

"We're not a brute force offensive line with big guys," Wilson said. "We're a little bit more of a quick-footed athletic deal. That's why some of our plays are perimeter oriented. We're trying to play to the strength of our linemen. We're not sitting up there with 340- or 350-pound tackles like big Phil (Loadholt) and can maul guys."

TEXAS QUARTERBACK GARRETT GILBERT HAS SOME MOBILITY

Texas is talking about sprinkling in some zone read option that Vince Young and Colt McCoy ran. Garrett Gilbert isn't as fast as Young or McCoy but has some mobility. Gilbert has rushed for only 32 yards. But if you eliminate five sacks, Gilbert has averaged 5.3 yards on 14 carries.

"He's a strong quarterback. He has a nice arm and a nice supporting cast around him," Carter said. "He can run. Everyone thinks he's not as good a runner as Colt McCoy but if you watch film he's a really good runner."

OU FOOTBALL HISTORY COMES TO THE BIG SCREEN

A history of Oklahoma football video series is headed for the big screen on Oct. 11. Warren Theaters in Moore will show the world premiere of part one, Birth of a Champion. One screening begins at 7 p.m., the other at 7:15 p.m.� Each theater seats 445 people.

The first installment of the four-part series chronicles the beginning of the OU program in 1895 through the hiring of Bud Wilkinson. Other installments include the Wilkinson, Switzer and Stoops eras.

Tickets are on sale for $8 and can be purchased at Warren Theater or warrentheaters.com.

CBS' Spencer Tillman, former Sooner running back and narrator for the series, will be in attendance and sign autographs in the lobby before the screenings. SoonerVision is producing the series in conjunction with the school's multimedia rights holder, Sooner Sports Properties.

SOONERS' LOW DEFENSE RANKING A MATTER OF TACKLING, 'WILL'

The Sooners rank last in the Big 12 and 97th nationally in total defense. Missed tackles have contributed to several big plays.

"It's more of a want-to or a will," said safety Jonathan Nelson. "Some guys, including myself, aren't coming up with the fire to tackle. We just have to realize sometimes it's just you and the running back. You have to get him down. There isn't any half-stepping doing that."

Coach Bob Stoops said tackling is allowed in practice but defenders are prohibited from taking a teammate to the ground to prevent injuries.

By Mike Baldwin


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