Midseason report: Oklahoma defense 

October, 16, 2012
It’s mid-October, so it’s the right time for a midseason progress report on the Oklahoma defense. It’s been an interesting ride for the Sooners, who have looked outstanding against Texas Tech and Texas but struggled to get key stops in OU’s lone loss to Kansas State.

Nonetheless it’s obvious how much OU’s defense has improved during Mike Stoops' return as defensive coordinator. The Sooners rank No. 14 nationally in total defense and No. 20 nationally in scoring defense. Here’s what we’ve learned about OU’s defense after five games:

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Jackson Laizure/Getty ImagesAfter moving to free safety before the season, Tony Jefferson has excelled in coverage and helping to stop the run.
Defensive MVP: Tony Jefferson. The junior has brought consistency and playmaking to the free safety spot this season. He leads OU with 37 tackles, including 25 solo. And, more importantly, he’s shown a measure of toughness while playing at less than 100 percent with a ankle injury suffered against Florida A&M. He’s been productive and has led by example.
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