Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma 70 – South Dakota 14 | Defensive Position Grades

M. Hofeld


A first half shutout, three forced turnovers, and a conference Player of the Week award were the ultimate results of Oklahoma’s defensive effort against South Dakota on Saturday night. The Sooners held the Coyotes to under 100 yards rushing and didn’t surrender a point until late in the third quarter when substitutions began to take place.

It wasn’t a perfect performance be the defense but it’s the best that we’ve seen from an Oklahoma defense in quite a while. Here’s how we grade out Oklahoma’s defensive positions.

Defensive Line

Disruption! That is what we want to see from the guys up front and that’s exactly what happened on Saturday night. Neville Gallimore and Jalen Redmond each registered a quarterback hurry and combined for five tackles, half of those were for a loss. In all, Oklahoma recorded eight tackles for loss in the game, most of that was due to the defensive line blowing up plays from the middle and letting the linebackers clean up behind them.

Let’s also not forget about Gallimore’s forced fumble.

Overall Position Grade: A+


Bryan Mead and Kenneth Murray combined for eight tackles as the linebackers contributed heavily to holding South Dakota to just 79 rushing yards on 25 carries. DaShaun White recorded a sack and finished with three tackles, two of which came on some pretty big hits.

Overall Position Grade: A+


Oklahoma’s secondary has performed well for two weeks in a row now. This is the position group that I was most critical on heading into the season and is also the group that I’m most impressed with through two games.

Led by Brenden Radley-Hiles (Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week) the secondary was responsible for all three of Oklahoma’s takeaways on Saturday night.

Radley-Hiles recovered Neville Gallimore’s forced fumble and then returned an interception 30 yards to the house for a defensive score.

Led by Patrick Fields’ six tackles, Oklahoma’s secondary produced the top two tacklers on the night, Justin Broyles tied Bryan Mead and Kenneth Murray second on the team with four tackles.

Overall Position Grade: A+

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