OU In Focus: Matt Dimon

Defensive lineman worked his way back to the field to make an impact for the Sooners

Oklahoma defensive lineman Matt Dimon likes his position – rotating at the three technique with fellow lineman Charles Walker.

It’s fun, as he said. All he has to do is shoot the line and wreak havoc. There’s not much else to it. There is no fancy footwork or difficult reads being forced upon the position: One goal simplified for focus

It’s a position that fits Dimon, a 6-foot-2, 274-pound junior. He made the first start of his career after playing in 20 games during his first two seasons with the Oklahoma Sooners.

He didn’t always think he’d make it back to the field after a tumultuous spring that took him away. Along with the support of his teammates, Dimon said it was an athlete’s mentality that helped him come back to the Sooners.

“It’s perseverance through a lot of stuff,” said Dimon, who recorded three tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss against Akron. “It’s been a long road. I look back a lot. I’ve been through a lot in the last year. I’m just happy to be here and playing football at a high level.”

Dimon was no different than the rest of his teammates. There were butterflies before the season kicked off against Akron. This Saturday against Tennessee is definitely a bigger game, but Dimon won’t change his preparation.

That first start is out of the way and so are the jitters.

It makes sense that Dimon would prepare that way. It’s the same mentality that brought him back to the field after a non-injury issue pulled him away.

“I had my doubts along the way,” Dimon said of returning to the field. “There were definitely speed bumps. I had a tremendous amount of support from my teammates and the staff here and my coaches. That helped me with all of it.”

Dimon already had met Oklahoma’s new defensive line coach Diron Reynolds before he came in for the summer. But the two clicked then and worked hard to get Dimon ready to play.

“Tough kid, tough-minded kid,” Reynolds said. “Does exactly what you ask him to do. He’s always going to be in the right spot. In a nutshell, dependable.”

Sounds like the perfect make-up for a three–technique defensive lineman.

Dimon was singled out by Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops following the Sooners’ victory against Akron as one of the top players in the game. It took some drive and some help, but he’s playing a key roll for Oklahoma.

“Obviously, hard work has come a long way,” Dimon said. “I’ve come a long way. A lot of the support I had kind of carried me along the way. People let me know that I can still do all this and play football.”

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