Stoops says defensive positions up for grabs

See inside for notes and quotes from Bob Stoops' post-practice talk with the media. (AP Photo)

The Oklahoma run defense, and defense in general for that matter, is getting a solid look at practice this week. OU head coach Bob Stoops met the media followin practice and said that defense is going to go through a tough week.

"Things went well at practice. Guys are working hard," said Stoops. "We are looking at some other guys at some positions. Lendy (Holmes) is working at the boundary corner and we will see where it ends up. Lendy looked good today and he played well in the second half against Washington.

Marcus (Walker) is also working there and we will see how it unfolds. D.J. (Wolfe) will still have opportunties to get on the field as well. We will see how he does with it. We have to have guys who are in a position to make plays when they have the opportunities to."

At defensive tackle, the same players in the rotation continue to get work and at this point it doesn't appear that freshmen Gerald McCoy is going to see action any time soon.

"He keeps improving like everybody else," said Stoops.

Could we see Gerald or Adrian Taylor on the field anytime soon?

"Probably not right now," said Stoops.

How did DeMarcus Granger play?

"He did a nice job," said Stoops. "He did a solid job."

The Sooners are working to shore up the middle of their defense. The Sooners are having to blitz to stop the run and they have not had to do that during the Stoops era up to this point.

Oregon comes into the game 2-0 and ranked 19th in the country.

"They have a really good football team, but they are similiar to what they have been," said Stoops on the Ducks. "They shouldn't, because they were 10-1 going into our game last year. They were a very good football team. Fortunately, we played well in that game and were able to win it. That doesn't matter. That was last year's team and both of us are different. We are working hard to be able to play this week."

OU has won two tough games with Oregon and over the years coach Stoops has developed a great deal of respect for Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti, who is never afraid to run a fake field goal or a fake punt.

"Heck, he faked the first punt in the Holiday Bowl all the way backed up. I am not sure where they where — at their own 30-yard line or so," said Stoops. "I have seen some of the things he is willing to do. I like Mike a lot. He has done a fantastic job building that program and I have great respect for Mike. He has done a great job, but he is a great coach that you really respect for sure."


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