OU spring review: Linebacker

Not a lot of depth but plenty of quality at OU when it comes to linebacker.

A lot of questions were asked before Oklahoma started spring practice. Some were answered, some are still to be decided, while new ones popped up.

SoonersIllustrated.com is going to take a position-by-position look of what we learned about the Sooners from spring practice during the next couple of weeks.


It was a banner year for OU's linebackers last season as the group was back to being relevant again for the crimson and cream.

The OU coaches said Eric Striker was moving to nickelback, but it's also another way of saying it's just a more traditional 3-4 defensive set now with Striker at linebacker. Nobody made a bigger impression to close the season than the junior from Florida.

This season is going to be huge for the two Class of 2013 in-state guys in the middle with Jordan Evans and Dominique Alexander. Fresh off a fantastic freshman season, Alexander will be looked upon to anchor the defense. And with Frank Shannon's future up in the air, Evans might be the guy sooner than later.

The biggest change is adding Geneo Grissom to this group. Coming off the best game of his career in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Grissom has been moved from defensive end and will be able to do what he does best and rush the quarterback.

Depth will be an issue for this group. No matter what happens with Shannon, the group isn't all that deep. But it is talented. Junior college transfer Devante Bond seemed to gel well during the spring and should only get better.

Senior Aaron Franklin provides a lot of depth and experience as does P.L. Lindley. And if you want one more name to watch on the edge, look out for redshirt freshman Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. Obo, no longer a defensive end, seems comfortable at linebacker.

The spot should get some much needed depth with the addition of signees Tay Evans and Curtis Bolton as well.

Projected depth chart









Jordan Evans/Shannon




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