Bedlam Matchup: Taylor vs. Wren

Oklahoma State standout defensive tackle Vincent Taylor has been impressive throughout the season but will be challenged to stop the OU running game on Dec. 3.

You will be hard pressed looking across the country to find a defensive tackle anywhere as multi-talented and athletically gifted as Vincent Taylor. Taylor has been electric this season whether he is sacking a quarterback, which he has done 5.5 times, dumping a running back for a loss, which he has done 9.5 times. or blocking a kick, which he has done four times this season including setting one up for a two-point defensive conversion.

On that two-point play, Vincent blocked the kick, scooped it and started the return before making a perfect in stride option pitch to the trailing safety Tre Flowers. Taylor has also forced two fumbles and recovered one. He has been so active he is a candidate for the Piesman Trophy. The award is given out in New York City on the same Saturday as the Heisman and it goes to the top defensive lineman in the country, really a defensive tackle because the Piesman committee likes its candidates to be jumbo size. 

Taylor is really unique and no team has found a way this season to neutralize him as he has caused a lot of damage to offenses even when he is not making the play. On those occasions his ability to bust up a double team or to compromise a gap the offense wants to use has spilled plays over to other teammates that make the play. 

Taylor could have a hey day against the Sooners as OU will counter in the middle against Taylor with walk-on Erick Wren. That's right a walk-on.

Wren is originally out of Mesquite, Texas and came to Oklahoma by way of Arizona Western Community College. He has settled in as the starting center and has played well. Oklahoma is averaging 228.1 yards rushing a game and they have allowed just 20 sacks this season.

The size is close as Wren is 6-2, 308 pounds and Taylor is 6-3, 310 pounds. This could be a battle between strength coaches as Rob Glass at Oklahoma State has worked Taylor well making him extremely strong in the upper body. His lower body and core has always been very strong. We will see just how well Jerry Schmidt has done with Wren and how well Wren has worked under Schmidt. A strong upper body is a must to contend with Vincent Taylor.


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