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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Crimson Countdown: DE P.L. Lindley

By Brandon Chatmon

Over the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. We will analyze each player’s impact on the program since they arrived on campus, their potential impact this fall and their long-term impact in the daily series. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will go in numerical order until our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.

No. 40 P.L. Lindley
Defensive end, 6-foot-2, 249 pounds, redshirt sophomore

Impact thus far: Lindley hasn’t made a major impact on the program but has shown he can contribute in certain situations for OU’s defense. He worked his way into the Sooners’ two-deep as a redshirt freshman, finishing with four tackles in seven games played in 2012. Originally a linebacker during his redshirt season in 2011, Lindley moved to defensive end before last season.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Lindley provides quality depth at defensive end and is able to step into the rotation if Charles Tapper or Mike Onuoha falter. The better Lindley is, the better the competition for playing time at defensive end will be.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Even though he has an opportunity to earn a spot in the Sooners’ defensive end rotation, Lindley gets surpassed on the depth chart by Onuoha and Tapper and rarely sees the field as a redshirt sophomore.

SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Lindley: D. To see him moved to defensive end after being recruited as a linebacker doesn’t bode well for OU’s evaluation of the redshirt sophomore, particularly since the move was made because of Lindley’s average speed for a linebacker.

SoonerNation’s development grade for Lindley: B. OU gets credit for recognizing the best fit for Lindley and giving him the opportunity to earn playing time at defensive end early in his career. He’s undersized but he’s shown flashes of pass-rush ability that could make him a contributor in passing situations during his career.