OU bowl practices to watch: Defense

A lot of guys can be featured here as we look at the top names to watch defensively for OU during the bowl practices.

It’s never the intention of writing off the just completed regular season, but the two weeks of bowl practices are about the younger guys just as much as the senior vets putting the jersey on for a final time.

With that in mind, here is a look at some of the notable names to be watching on defense for Oklahoma in preparation for the Russell Athletic Bowl against Clemson.

DB Marcus Green

He seemed like an afterthought signee for 2014, but OU coach Bob Stoops was quick to mention Green several times throughout the season. Being from a tradition-rich school like Cedar Hill sure might have helped in his development, and he has the size (6-foot-1) that OU really likes for its defensive backs. His position isn’t 100 percent clear yet, however.

DB Tito Windham

Everybody knows the story by now of Mike Stoops needing to see just three plays to offer Windham. With the struggles in the secondary this season, now’s the time to emerge. Windham is not the prototypical guy at defensive back. He’s listed at 5-foot-9 so it’s going to be very interesting to see how he goes against much taller, bigger competition.

LB Tay Evans

You don’t have to be a genius to figure out the lack of depth the Sooners have at linebacker. One of those answers to that quandary has to be Evans. His younger brother, Bobby Evans, is joining the team next season and Tay should be able to start to find his footing about what his role is going to be in Norman going forward.

DL Dwayne Orso

The next athletic freak? That has been the scouting report on Orso this entire season from coaches and players talking about his athleticism that just isn’t fair when you take into account his size. It feels like 2015 won’t be the year for Orso, but he could turn some heads this month and in the spring and find himself in the picture because there’s a spot there.

DL Charles Walker

But if Orso is going to get that spot, he’s going to have to leapfrog Mr. Walker and that doesn’t appear like it will happen. His redshirt freshman season cut short by an injury that sidelined him for about half the season, now is when Walker should start to make his imprint. Chuka Ndulue is leaving the program, and Walker’s time should be now by all accounts.

LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

What’s going to happen with Obo? In the early part of the season, it felt like he would be one of the top pass rushers for the Sooners. That never really materialized during the latter half of the season. Devante Bond stepped in that role with Geneo Grissom being injured so Okoronkwo has some work to do to get back where he wants to be.

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