Mike Stoops' move from sideline going well

Sooners DC likely to remain in the box all season long

Moving defensive coordinator Mike Stoops up to the box was always going to be an experiment for Oklahoma. It’s one that has continued through preseason camp.

Stoops was in the box for all of Oklahoma’s scrimmages, and as a result, substitutions have been far easier.

Oklahoma sophomore nickel back Steven Parker joked Tuesday that it’s quieter on the sideline. In all seriousness, keeping Oklahoma in the right personnel will be the most important aspect of having its defensive coach high above the field.

“The biggest thing was just trying to see what the offense was in: Offensive substitutions and personnel,” Parker said. “I don’t think it’s going to change much.”

What has helped the transition is the clear line of communication on the field: From Stoops to secondary coach Kerry Cooks to the entire secondary.

A decline in delay of game penalties, no major blown coverages caused by lack to communication and a smooth relay of every play: Those are just a few of benefits of Stoops moving to the booth. Now that he’s there, it seems to be working.

“He gets it so much faster, and he’s able to process and get our calls up with that,” Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said. “I don’t see wanting to change that after the way it’s gone.”


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