Diron Reynolds is OU's stress ball

New defensive line coach has brought a mellow attitude to the Sooners sideline

There are many Oklahoma fans that won’t forget the blow up between defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, an always fiery coach, and senior defensive back Julian Wilson during a blowout loss last season at the hands of Baylor.

Stoops might be moving up to the box for games this season, but the Sooners have introduced a calming influence to the sideline. Mimicking the demeanor from head coaches he’s coached under, like Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell, new Oklahoma defensive line coach Diron Reynolds has been a bit of a stress ball for the coaching staff.

“He’s different than most D-line coaches,” Stoops said. “He’s not running around. He’s very cerebral. You don’t see that very often from defensive line coaches.

“That doesn’t mean he isn’t getting his point across. He does is in a different way.”

No yoga. No meditation. Maybe not even golf or a little light reading. Reynolds doesn’t have a secret formula or anything.

“It doesn’t take much to please me,” he said. “I’m a pretty easy-going guy. I love football.”

Reynolds arrived at Oklahoma following an 11-year stint in the NFL, where he coached in 14 playoff games and in a league where direct aggression isn’t always the best method.

“I think the best thing I can do is be myself,” Reynolds said. “If I was a high-energy guy and flew off then that’s who I’d be. That’s not who I am.”


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