Reynolds using NFL experience at OU

New defensive line coach leans on his professional experience to teach

Some questioned when Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops brought in a defensive line coach that hadn’t recruited a high school player in more than a decade.

While Diron Reynolds’ adjustment on the recruiting trail has been a bit slow, the experience he gained during his 10-year span in the professional ranks is taking root with his current players.

“He coached in the NFL so he knows, he knows what he's talking about,” Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper said. “So just listening to little things he's teaching us. I don't want to give too much of his techniques away so just little things he's been keying us on that you're going to see when game time comes.”

Ultimately, if Oklahoma’s defensive line has success then Reynolds has his strongest recruiting tool ready for use – using his experience in the NFL as a pathway for the top high school defensive linemen.

He’s using that experience in meetings with his players already.

“All the time,” Reynolds said. “When I’m pointing to them on tape, I try to tell them what scouts are looking at, their demeanor, how they carry themselves on and off the field. I try to pick those little points and help them grow as young men too.”

Reynolds coached for the Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts from 2002 to 2013 – learning under head coaches like Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell and Cam Cameron.

He’s hoping to become more than just an “NFL guy” in a college setting.

“Hopefully, it isn’t just because of where I came from,” Reynolds said. “Hopefully, I’m just getting the message across that they want to learn. I think it has some bearing on how guys listen.”


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