Much of the concern surrounding the Oklahoma Sooner defense spawns from the lack of a dominant pass rush — at least in my opinion. Recording 22 quarterback hurries through six games this season, the secondary has been forced to cover receivers for extended periods of time. Manifesting itself in a measurable fashion, OU surrenders 264.3 yards through the air each outing. Remember, that average includes a game against Army who put up a mere 40 yards when throwing the ball.
In the middle, Neville Gallimore provides a push while drawing plenty of attention. With the focus remaining at the center of the defensive line, things should open up for an edge rusher. But, without a talent like Obo Okoronkwo on the roster, none have stepped up to the challenge. Enter, freshman Jalen Redmond into the equation.
Expected to compete for playing time, Redmond sat out due to health concerns. However, the former 5-star recruit according to 247Sports received a bit of good news this week. Once thought to be lost for the entirety of the year, the local star was cleared to resume practice with the rest of the squad. Those surrounding the program and coaches alike continue to hold high hopes for the defensive end/linebacker. Others have gone as far as labelling the the missing component for this defense.
Combined with Ronnie Perkins as the two gain experience, Oklahoma could see the return of a disruptive front seven. For now, we wait.