What Do We Know About The Oklahoma Sooners' Defense After Spring Game?

By Amanda Staver
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The Oklahoma Sooners‘ spring practices come to a close on Tuesday, but we got a small glimpse as to what has been going on at the annual Spring Game this past Saturday.

What we were expecting out of the offense is basically what happened. Besides the battle at quarterback, the defense was a major story line throughout the spring.

It was hard to get a good read of what the defense can do, since head coach Bob Stoops normally holds back as much as he can during the spring game. So it’s hard to analyze what really is going on with the revamped unit.

What impressed me most was how well Trey Franks did in the secondary. Franks – formally of the wide receiver corps –did a fantastic job getting to the ball and making plays. I’ve seen mixed reviews on the secondary unit though, which again, it’s hard to analyze anything when the quarterback is wearing blue.

The defensive line was just decent, coming up with a couple of big stops when they needed to.  Both the offense and the defense played it extremely safe – as to avoid the injury bug that normally takes hold of the team early on.

There are still plenty of unanswered questions that we will only have answered once we get into summer workouts. Players will get to campus that have yet to practice with the team, and positions will start to finally take shape. My biggest concern will still be defensive depth until some of the answers to these questions become clearer.

My takeaway from the game? It was a typical Oklahoma spring game. Not a lot of show, but it produced some highlights and players to keep an eye on during the summer.

The defense is in need of the biggest improvement after the 2012 season, and time will tell if the drastic changes will have an impact going into 2013.


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