Wort, who is a junior, was relatively quiet on the field this season under new defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and linebackers coach Tim Kish. The new defensive scheme is something that didn’t feature Wort as much and you could tell on the field that Wort wasn’t a happy camper. Completely missed tackles and not wrapping-up, which for Wort, was completely out of character.
Wort was a key piece to the Sooners defense in 2011, earning an honorable All-Big 12 mention by the coaches. Many thought going into to the 2012 season it would be Wort’s year to shine and prove what everyone had been saying about him. A change of coordinator and restructured defense got in the way. In his time at Oklahoma, some even compared the middle linebacker to Brian Bosworth.
His unhappiness sparked rumors of a possible transfer for the 2013 season, with many saying to Clemson. That way he could play under his former defensive coach Brent Venables. Instead, as we found out on Wednesday, he opted for the pros.
Regardless of the way he was used or the way he played this season, losing Wort off the roster isn’t a good thing for the Sooners. Having his seniority at the linebacker position was something that put the fan base at ease. There will be lots of new faces on the Sooners defense next season, so I hope everyone is ready for that.
Though it was a surprise loss, for sure. Good luck to Wort, he had to do what was right for him and going pro was what he decided to do.