He doesn’t have much of a choice right now, but Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Wade continuing to do what he always does and has done since being in Norman.
Getting the job done and staying out of any sort of spotlight.
Nobody had a tougher task than Wade in last week’s loss to Ohio State. Sophomore Marquise Overton is out for the year with a broken foot. Matt Romar was injured in a non-contact drill and could be again on the borderline of the concussion protocol.
So that meant Wade, who had played pretty well in the first couple of games, was going to be out there time and time again. Sixty-six snaps when it was all said and done.
“Jordan have to play 60-some plays, which was incredible against a team like that,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “Just really proud of his effort. He’s a guy that don’t say much but he always shows up. There’s never anything wrong with him. He just plays.
“He doesn’t say a word, and there’s something to that. I think he’s probably playing his best football. He’s not a real dynamic guy, but he can sure hold down the point for us inside.”
The hope is for Romar to come back to practice next week and play again as OU begins conference play at TCU, but there’s no guarantee.
Du’Vonta Lampkin, a redshirt freshman, could have been available but Bob Stoops announced last week he’s currently serving a six-game suspension that goes back to last year’s Orange Bowl.
OU can tinker with moving Neville Gallimore inside, but his natural position has been coming off the edge since arriving in Norman.
It’s clear Stoops is searching for any and everything to get this ship righted again.
“You hope Lampkin can come one the last six games and give us a lift,” Mike Stoops said. We have to move Neville or have to move some guys around. Hopefully Matt will be back next week. That certainly hurt our rotation.”
Wade looked like he was struggling to get up a few times against the Buckeyes. The grind of playing more than 60 snaps will do that to you. But he got up each time. Never blinked, and Wade continues to keep going and going and going.