OU's defensive line coming into focus

OU's defense has two new coaches, and defensive line coach Diron Reynolds has a lot to work with this season.

When it comes to Oklahoma and the 2015 season, the offense comes up a lot. With coach Bob Stoops bringing Lincoln Riley in at offensive coordinator, it will be a new day for the Sooners.

But for anybody that watched the 2014 edition of OU, change has to happen defensively. OU is welcoming two first-year coaches with Diron Reynolds at defensive line and Kerry Cooks in the secondary.

The cupboard wasn’t left bare for either one of them as Stoops explained Tuesday at media days.

Charles Walker is a guy that’s a really athletic, strong, 300-pound guy for us that’s got excellent speed and quickness that’s really, I think starting to turn the corner,” Stoops said.

The only known entity is Charles Tapper. He’ll be entering his third season as a full-time starter, and OU is expecting major things from Tapper.

After that, it’s sort of the potential question. And when talking about that, guys like defensive tackle Matthew Romar and defensive end D.J. Ward come back into the equation.

“Inside, you’ve got Matt Romar – is a guy that I think has really come on as well,” Stoops said. “So those are just a few of the guys I think can really make a difference.

“D.J. Ward is a guy that continues to gain strength in the weight room. He’s got great quickness. Again, just a guy that I saw in the spring really make good improvement.”

It was a jolt when former co-defensive coordinator Jerry Montgomery left the program for a spot with the Green Bay Packers. But Reynolds, who has a wealth of NFL knowledge, has the talent on campus to try to make something special happen in Norman.


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