OU outlook: Defensive end

Spring football is less than a week away for Oklahoma and Sooners Illustrated continues its 2014 preview with the defensive side of the ball.

The 2013 season is in the rear view mirror for Oklahoma. And while 2014 isn't quite here just yet, never too early to start talking how the team is shaping up.

With spring football less than a week away, here's an early look at how the Sooners are shaping up at all positions.

Defensive end

The starter:

Geneo Grissom and Charles Tapper. Look at that right there and no doubt that has OU fans pretty excited.

Tapper was a breakout performer last season. His speed for his size is something incredible and was on full display in some of the biggest moments of the season.

Grissom wasn't tabbed to be the guy, but he's played his way into it. What better lasting impression than his two-sack, two-fumble recovery and touchdown performance against Alabama.

Next in line:

Next in line isn't appropriate for Chuka Ndulue, who made a number of big plays in the 2013 season, especially in Bedlam. But right now it looks like he has some work to do before getting the starting nod. Ndulue could also see time at tackle, but that's another logjam to work his way through.

This season should also be a good one for Matt Dimon. After seeing limited time during the season, there's no doubt a reasonable expectation is to expect more from Dimon.

Throw in Obo Okoronkwo and Michael Onuoha and D.J. Ward in that mix, too. All three are coming off redshirt seasons. This group is deep, and it talks a lot about why Jerry Montgomery didn't do a lot with the defensive line for the 2014 class.

On the radar:

The one guy Montgomery did target was Dwayne Orso, who seems to be the prototype of what OU is looking for at the position going forward. The Sooners want them big from now on and his 6-foot-5 frame is just what Montgomery was searching for.

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