Lindley to play big role

Size matters. And defensive size certainly matters. For that reason, expect to see a lot of P.L. Lindley for the Sooners against Alabama.

NEW ORLEANS – The Oklahoma defense is in a state of transition. It's almost where Mike Stoops wants the program to be but not quite.

One of those issues right now is the size of some of his players. When the Allstate Sugar Bowl was announced between OU and Alabama, it was clear hybrid linebacker/defensive end P.L. Lindley is going to have to be used against the Crimson Tide.

"You have to get bigger as well," said Stoops about adjusting his personnel to Alabama. "P.L. Lindley is a guy. Our edge guys are going to have to be bigger guys to create better matchups for us."

Lindley knew as well this was going to be his time to shine. Not used during the early part of the season, Lindley has seen time consistently during the second half of the season and has recorded nine tackles in nine games.

Lindley started his career at linebacker and then was briefly moved to defensive end. As for now, he said he's floating between both positions. That's fine with him.

"It's not a big deal to me," Lindley said. "I was a linebacker throughout high school. To me, it's just like riding a bike. No problem."

Alabama's physical style and size with its linemen and tight ends have made Lindley a bigger part of the defense than ever before. Not nervous, not scared, completely excited about it.

"I've been looking forward to this a whole lot," Lindley said. "I'm happy to do whatever is asked. I have a lot of excitement. I'm ready to go."

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