Baylor has embarrassed Oklahoma on the field the last two years. Really no other way to describe 41-12 in 2013 and 48-14 in Norman last year.
This trip to Waco, however, is a little bit different for senior captain Charles Tapper. It’s about redemption as a player and a person. As a sophomore, Tapper never did see the full game against the Bears. He was ejected in the fourth quarter after the Bears scored their final touchdown.
Tapper lamented that decision when he spoke about it last year, and another year has only added to that and made him eager to go out like a leader this year.
“That was one of the dumbest things I ever did in my life,” Tapper said. “I mean, you cannot let that kind of anger and aggression be used on that field. There’s certain things you’ve gotta do. You’ve gotta get that person back the next play. Even if he don’t play that play, you get the next guy. Take all the anger out on the field.”
To call that a learning experience would be a gross understatement. It’s the example Tapper uses when talking to the younger players on OU’s defensive line. Whenever there’s a minor scuffle in practice, Tapper is quick to break it up.
“There are so many things that can go wrong,” Tapper said. “You could break your hand. You could get into a serious altercation where you swing your helmet and go to jail. A lot of dumb things can happen when you’re fighting on the football field, where you can just use your aggressive in another way.”
Tapper said he embarrassed himself, his mother and his family. He believes that’s not his character but said he has become a better man from it and a better leader.
OU will certainly need to see Tapper be aggressive when the Sooners head to Waco this weekend. After seven games and zero sacks, Tapper has five sacks in the last two games and is rounding into form at the perfect time.