OU's 'wolves' sticking together

The sharks are gone. The wolves are here. For OU, though, it's just about improved play in the secondary.

It had been four years since the Oklahoma secondary had dubbed itself a nickname. Back in 2011, the group named itself “the sharks.”

The Sooners had national championship aspirations that year but fell short of reaching that mark. And anytime you’re going to put yourself out there, the backlash will be coming, too, if you don’t do what you set out to do.

The sharks faded away, and after the play in the secondary last year, not many expected a nickname for this group. But graduate assistant Chip Viney and cornerback Zack Sanchez came up with the wolves, and they’ve been howling for two games so far.

“I remember Travis Lewis with the shark in his head,” Sanchez said. “That’s exactly what they were on the field. We didn’t want to go that route. It’s a different era now. It’s our time. That’s why we went with wolves – no disrespect to those guys.”

The first couple of games went well for the Wolves, but obviously this group still has a lot of work to do after getting torched against Tulsa.

The Baylor style offense Tulsa used was back rearing its ugly head against OU and the problems that plagued the Sooners against the Bears last year were seen once again last weekend.

So it’s still a work in progress, but it’s clear this group is together and will try to find the solution to their problems as a unit.

“During the workouts we had during the summer, we definitely challenged the guys,” Sanchez said. “Not one wolf left behind. We won’t let one guy slip or fall.”

The sharks are gone, but Sanchez said he’s hoping the wolves are here to stay.


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