Beal Discusses KSU, Defense

Jeremy Beal has become an integral part of the defense from his hybrid defensive end position. In this feature he discusses the Sooners upcoming match-up with the Kansas State Wildcats and the play of the OU defense over the past two weeks.

Since the second game of the season Oklahoma sophomore defensive end Jeremy Beal, a 6-foot-4, 255-pounder himself playing a hybrid defensive end position called the "spinner".

At first Beal admits that he was tentative about the move, but now he feels very comfortable understanding and executing his assignments and it shows in his play.

So far in 2008 Beal has collected 28 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 6.5 tackles for loss, and after his five tackle and one sack performance against Kansas he was named as OU's co-defensive player of the week

"I am a lot more comfortable now," Beal admitted about playing the ‘spinner'. "When it first started I wasn't too sure about it -not by the position but just what to do – every week I am more comfortable in it."

Beal feels like the team's defense has played well at times over the past two weeks, but he also feels that they need to be much more consistent.

"I thought we did a good job of containing him (Todd Reesing) the whole game," Beal explained. I think we got five sacks on him. I think throughout the game we did an excellent job containing him."

"I think at times we have played really well (over the past two weeks), but at times we have not played so well. It is too inconsistent. I think we need to play more consistently. If we do that we should be good."

This weekend the Sooners face off against another top Big 12 quarterback in Kansas State's Josh Freeman, who has a rocket for an arm.

"We are on the road at Kansas State," Beal said. "They are a good team. I think we got to come out just like we did against Washington and Baylor and just come out with an attitude. I think we know what to do now (to win on the road)."

Freeman is not a run first QB, but Beal knows that if you get the chance to hit the 6-foot-6, 250-pounder, that you had better wrap up.

"I don't think he (Josh Freeman) is much of a scrambler," Beal said of Freeman's running skills. "He is more of a thrower. He makes plays on his feet kind of like (Todd) Reesing a little bit. He will pull it down and run."

"He is a big guy. You have to wrap him up. There is not going to be any shoestring tackles, you have to wrap him up."

"I have never had to tackle somebody just as big as me, and never a quarterback," Beal added. "Maybe somebody like Jorvorskie Lane, but never at quarterback like Freeman."

Kansas State will also feature a 6-foot-3, 225-pound running back in Lamark Brown.

"He is pretty big," Beal acknowledged. "We are going to have to wrap him up too. We are going to have to do a good job tackling this week."

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