Thursday, January 31, 2013
Why Sooners are moving to 3-4
By Vince Verhei
It has long been suspected that the Oklahoma Sooners were planning a transition to a 3-4 defense. Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman has confirmed the news after talking to Sooners commit Jordan Evans (Norman, Okla./Norman North), and he says the reason for the switch is obvious.
"The Sooners hope a 3-4 leads to a better pass rush, but the move to a 3-4 is out of necessity," Tramel writes. "OU was wiped out at defensive tackle — Jamarkus McFarland, David King, Casey Walker and Stacey McGee, all gone.
"Back are Jordan Phillips, who played a little; Marquis Anderson, who has played virtually none; redshirted freshman Jordan Wade; and fourth-year juniors Damon Williams, who in three years on campus has played in one game, and Torrea Peterson, who in three years on campus has made six tackles.
"Junior-college recruit Quincy Russell is expected to play immediately, but still, that’s an alarming lack of experience at one of football’s most important positions."