OU outlook: Linebacker

Spring football is just days away for Oklahoma and Sooners Illustrated continues to preview how things look on 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.


The starter:

Dominique Alexander, Frank Shannon and Eric Striker. All three are back from last season. All three have the potential to be something special. Crazy how much things can change in one year in regards to the prospects of the position.

Shannon led the team in tackles. Striker put on a show in front of the country against Alabama and Alexander was arguably the best defensive freshman in the conference.

Next in line:

Sophomore Jordan Evans is certainly going to be a part of the equation as will P.L. Lindley. Both saw some time in 2013 and Evans might have made an even bigger impact if not for his injury.

You don't bring in a junior college linebacker unless you think it's going to work and OU is expecting big things from Devante Bond. In the mold of Striker, Bond is only bigger and stronger than Striker but with the same quickness.

On the radar:

At this point it feels safe to say Aaron Franklin has been passed up on the chart, but he's still there if something happens.

Then the future finally looks bright again as depth shouldn't be a huge concern like it was last season. Freshmen Tay Evans and Curtis Bolton feel like they'll be redshirting in 2014, but it's tough to sell them short after their production.

Bolton, in particular, might have had one of the quietest most productive senior seasons that didn't get talked about nationally.

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