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Bedlam Matchup: Owens vs. Brown

Cowboys defensive end Jarrell Owens will go up against massive tackle Orlando Brown of the Sooners in the Bedlam game.

Orlando Brown is the crimson giant as you can spot this guy coming out of the locker room as Brown towers over all other Sooners at 6-8 and 340 pounds.

The Georgia native is also getting better every game and was pretty good last season as redshirt freshman in earning a starting position on the OU offensive line. His long arms and his excellent agility for a taller tackle make him a huge favorite of quarterback Baker Mayfield. The only negative is he can impact the sight line for Mayfield just as much, if not more, than an opposing defensive lineman. You settle for the protection that Brown provides. 

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On top of being talented, Brown comes with an NFL pedigree as his father played for over a decade in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens and before that with the Cleveland Browns. The 6-7, 340-pound older Orlando Brown died at the age of 41 in 2011. 

Most of the time it will be the job of ultra-athletic defensive end Jarrell Owens to find a way through the long arms and girth of Brown. Owens is going to be really good at some point as his combination of speed and strength is lethal. Following the TCU game, which was good for Owens, he has 16 total tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Those are good numbers but he is capable of much more. 

The Oklahoma game would be a fantastic game to see Owens get over the hump and put up a massive defensive game with double-digit tackles, and three or four of those behind the line of scrimmage, with maybe a forced turnover.

The defensive end position has produced a total of 58 tackles adding up the four guys that are on the depth chart right now and the numbers are better on tackles for loss with 18 and a lot of that is due to junior college transfer Tralund Webber's 8.0 tackles for loss. There are 9.5 sacks from the defensive ends, but remember last season that position in 13 games produced 35.5 tackles for loss and 22.5 sacks. 

The losses of Vili Levini and Jordan Brailford to injury have hurt. However, in Bedlam that is when you find a way to make things happen, come up with that biggest effort of the season. The defensive end position doing that would help against a quarterback that must be contained in Mayfield and a running game that can hurt you as much outside the tackles as it can between the tackles with Perine and Mixon. 

How well Owens does against Orlando Brown will go a ways in making the decision from the OU offense and OSU defense side of Bedlam.


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