Eric Striker trying to set the example

Senior linebacker wants to lead by his actions along with his voice

Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker has a distinct voice – loud and impactful. It’s allowed him to stand out as a leader for the Sooners. He’s not shy about saying what needs to be said.

What could make Striker become the complete leader is being an example as much as a sounding board. He said he’s never missed a practice or a class in his time at Oklahoma. Now, he’s trying to be more an example for a relatively young Oklahoma roster that has only 12 seniors – eight in the starting lineup.

“As a leader, you’ve got to do everything right,” Striker said. “You’ve got to be on time. You’ve got to be the first one in and the last one leaving. The younger guys see the way it is. As a leader, you can’t afford to mess up.

Striker proved his verbal leadership this offseason in the wake of the SAE video incident. Striker isn’t the only emerging leader on the roster. Zack Sanchez, Ty Darlington and Charles Tapper have all taken another step.

Neither has the platform of Striker, though, nor the responsibility.

“If a young guy sees Striker is late to a meeting, he can be late to a meeting,” Striker said. “You’ve got to be right for the young guys, and you motivate them as well, when they make mistakes on the field.

“It’s not going to be a smooth transition from high school, and sometimes, you have to learn the ways of the system. I try to lead the right way.”


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