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Oklahoma's Defense Off To Impressive Start
September 01, 2013
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Bruce Feldman of in his Big Picture weekend wrap up had this to say about Oklahoma’s defense after the Sooners shut out Louisiana Monroe 34-0.

Props to Mike Stoops and the Oklahoma D. The last time we saw the Sooners, Johnny Manziel and A&M were shredding them, but in the 2013 opener Oklahoma bottled up a very good QB (Kolton Browning) and the most experienced team in FBS, holding ULM (8-5 last season) to only 161 total yards.

"They did a great job of changing their schemes on both sides of the ball," ULM coach Todd Berry said Sunday morning. "Last year, they didn't use many coverages, they didn't use many different fronts. They did a lot of changing it up, going from odd to even fronts, from nickle to dime, and it was a much more complex scheme. They were also much more active up front. They were getting much more penetration. In the past, they'd been more of a 'read' front.

"I was very impressed with their defensive scheme."

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