The Oklahoma Sooners gave their 2014 off to a great start with a dominating performance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide. That performance has many expecting big things from the Sooners next season and has Oklahoma slotted at the top of many Big 12 preseasons rankings. One of the stars from that bowl win, linebacker Eric Striker, is looking to keep that momentum rolling and wreak havoc on opposing offenses next fall.
Against Alabama, Striker appeared unblockable as he racked up three sacks of AJ McCarron and finished his sophomore season on a major high note. He ended up leading the team with 6.5 sacks in 2013, all of which came in the second half of the season. Striker just kept getting better as a blitzing outside linebacker for the Sooners’ defense and kept that momentum going with a huge spring session.
He will be helped by the overwhelming talent level of the Oklahoma linebacker corps heading into the 2014 season. Reigning Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year Dominique Alexander returns with another year of experience under his belt and juco transfer Devante Bond emerged during the spring as another excellent pass rusher off the edge. Jordan Evans is ready to step in at inside linebacker after being named the defensive MVP of the spring game as the team waits on the future of 2013 leading tackler Frank Shannon.
The depth at linebacker will help Striker by freeing him up to move all over the defense and attack opposing quarterbacks from every angle. That freedom sets the junior up to be a disruptive force in the Big 12 next season and emerge as one of the elite pass rushers in college football.