The Oklahoma Sooners currently rank inside the top 15 in the nation when it comes to defense. Allowing 12.3 points per game, Mike Stoops should be quite proud of the product on the field through three games. Of course, no many expect the situation to change when the Baylor Bears clash with the Sooners on Saturday. In order to assure that happens, here are three key defenders to watch for this weekend.
Jordan Thomas | Senior Cornerback
All season long, we have talked about the progress that Parnell Motley has made on the opposite side of the field. However, Thomas is no slouch and continues to hold the title of lockdown defender on this defensive unit. The senior likely draws the assignment of shutting down one of the nation’s most explosive receivers in Christ Platt. Responsible for four touchdowns this season on 11 receptions, there’s no denying Platt has become the homerun threat Baylor has been looking for this year. Standing 5’11, Platt gives up an inch in height to Thomas who stand 6’0. This should be an interesting battle all evening long.
Ogbo Okoronkwo | Senior Defensive End
Most of the Sooner faithful are familiar with the name Okoronkwo at this point in his career. Getting much of the attention, Ogbo often overshadows the rest of the defensive line. Starting all three games at the position this season, the end has recorded 3.5 sacks. Expected to start once again come Saturday, Okoronkwo has the opportunity to impact the game once again. Playing with explosiveness off the line of scrimmage, this defensive line could rack up more than a handful of sacks.
Marquise Overton | Sophomore Defensive Tackle
With Matt Romar’s status up in the air currently, Overton should expect to take on a starting role. Watching Oklahoma’s run defense struggle early against the Tulane Green Wave gave the fans a bit of a scare. The Sooners will want to avoid a similar experience on the road. It begins with Overton in the middle of the defensive line. Can this unit continue to make progress without the experienced leader in the middle? Only time will tell but for now, Overton remains a player to watch.