It’s the first night game of the year for the Oklahoma Sooners who are preparing for the WCU Catamounts. The occasion also marks the first time the program will be the home team this season. Yet, it’s a game that will only be available through pay-per-view methods. That won’t stop the expectations from rolling in though. Here are three defensive keys to Saturdays contest.
Improved Defensive Secondary Rotations
In the season opener, the Sooners’ secondary appeared lost in rotation at times. The lack of communication on the back end allowed receivers to freely run downfield. Resulting in 296 yards surrendered through the air and 15 first downs, it’s an area that let may wanting. As Raphael Williams comes to town, the freshman is looking to build upon a great start to the year. Recording eight receptions for 122 yards, the receiver is considered a top tier route runner despite the lack of experience. Showcasing the ability to create space, the youngster was the top target in week one. Looking to put point on the board, Williams must be a focal point for the defensive secondary. More importantly, not letting the receiver slip behind the defense is key.
Get To The Quarterback
Oklahoma’s defensive line remains a stout group of individuals with the ability to shut down the rushing attack. Once again, the unit will be tasked with slowing down a mobile quarterback in Rogan Wells. In the season debut, Wells amassed 275 passing yards. However, the signal caller tacked on 75 yards and a touchdown when tucking the ball to run. The lone setback in the endeavor was a single sack in 52 touches. Clearly able to avoid would-be tacklers, Wells is a threat. Containing him as a runner while pressuring the quarterback on throws should lead to a positive outcome from the OU defense.
Play A Complete Game
This is a game that the Sooners have no business losing. An apparent talent discrepancy will make itself known in the early going of this contest as Oklahoma should win by 50. Still, fans want to see a complete game in the books on the defensive side of the ball. Playing cleanly and snuffing out any spark from the opposing offense will be a welcomed sight on Saturday. Who knows, it may even restore some faith in fans who sat in dismay over a five point opening win last weekend.