Big-bodied Orlando Brown keeps growing

6-foot-8, 350-plus redshirt freshman could be on the verge of success

Oklahoma redshirt freshman Kenyon Frison might be gone indefinitely, but his potential-laden counterpart has been one of the young players that Sooners’ coach Bob Stoops has specifically singled out.

Orlando Brown, a three-star, 6-foot-7, 340-pound monster, has stepped his game up and caught the addition of his position coach and some of his defensive colleague.

“He’s what, 6-8, 370? You can’t teach that,” Oklahoma senior defensive end Charles Tapper said. “He’s learning how to move that big weight around, learning how to dig people out and not give up on plays. To watch him, I can’t wait to see him dominate another defensive end.”

Competing against Tapper, Eric Striker, Devante Bond and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo on a daily basis has forced Brown, who likely will play at left tackle eventually, to improve quickly.

There’s still a little more room to grow for the young tackle, who is considered to be the primary back-up on both sides of the line.

“Orlando is doing a good job,” Oklahoma coach Bill Bedenbaugh said. “He has to continue to progress. He understands the system. He has to get better with change of direction.

“He’s a young big kid. He has a big body, but he needs to continue to develop that movement in his feet and change of direction.”


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