Charles Tapper Set to Become Elite Pass Rusher for Oklahoma Sooners in 2014

By Tyler Brett
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The Oklahoma Sooners have their sights set on reclaiming Big 12 supremacy in 2014 as they ride high off their dominant performance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl to end last season. There is plenty of reason to like Oklahoma as a team that could make a run at the College Football Playoff this season including the talented playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. Can one of them, defensive end Charles Tapper, step up his game and become an elite pass rusher for the Sooners this fall?

As a sophomore in 2013, Tapper stepped into the starting lineup and made an immediate impact. He finished second on the team in both tackles for loss (nine) and sacks (5.5) behind fellow sophomore Eric Striker. In addition to the sacks, he finished the season with a team-high eight quarterback hurries, proving he could be a consistent threat to opposing quarterbacks.

This season, the key for Tapper will be to turn more of those pressures into sacks and provide a boost to the Oklahoma pass defense. At 6-foot-4, 261 pounds, Tapper has the size and athleticism to be a dominant force on the line of scrimmage and that potential has landed him on the watch list for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, given annually to college football’s best defensive player. If he delivers on that potential and reaches a new level in 2014, the Sooner defense will be a force to be reckoned with.

With the wild, high-powered offensive attacks that Oklahoma will see in 2014 during Big 12 play, having a go-to defensive player who can get after the quarterback is a huge boost to the defense. Charles Tapper has the potential to be that kind of difference-maker for the Sooners this season. Will he step up and lead the charge?

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