Sooner Spring Game: Breakdown Part I

It looks like quarterback Landry Jones, linebacker Travis Lewis and the rest of the White Team coached by defensive coordinator Brent Venables will be treated to steaks Monday evening after they shutout the Red Team, coached by offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, by a final count of 23-0, thanks to a well-executed defensive outing.

The Red Team will now have to resort to hot dogs and baked beans.

"You all tell them when they come in here, if they played for the Red Team, I want my steak medium," Lewis said. "I keep asking them what they want on their hot dogs, you know, [with] the beans, you know, so it's going to go on for a year every day. I'm going to make sure and remind them of it."

Lewis, who was part of an impressive linebacker showing, was talking trash throughout, including before, during and after the game in postgame interviews.

With more on the game now, here's a position breakdown including some analysis on the defensive side of the ball.

In a separate section, read about the offense's performance.

Defensive line—A-

They were getting pressure all day, especially Jeremy Beal for the White Team. Beal racked up five sacks on the afternoon and consistently put the pressure on his man. Drew Serruto also had a good showing with a sack, and R.J. Washington had 3.5 tackles. For the Red Team, the pressure up front wasn't quite as strong, but guys still made an impact. Frank Alexander led the group with five tackles, while Pryce Macon also impressed with two sacks.

Linebackers—A

Lewis talked the smack, and he backed it up, pressuring Allen with two sacks on his way to four tackles Saturday afternoon. Fellow linebacker Ronnell Lewis, nicknamed the "hammer," forced a fumble on a hard hit. And Josh Ibiloye also had two sacks for the White Team. On the other side, Jaydan Bird led the way with a game-high 6.5 tackles, and Tom Wort also had two.

Secondary—A-

Interceptions by safety Quinton Carter and cornerback Gabe Lynn highlighted the White Team's secondary performance. But Javon Harris was also effective with five tackles. There weren't any major coverage breakdowns to mention. The Red Team featured strong Spring Game appearances from Demontre Hurst and Lamar Harris, who finished with 6 and 3.5 tackles respectively.

Special teams—B-

The positives were several. Jimmy Stevens made both of his extra points and was also 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, with makes of 27, 31 and 39 yards. The punt return game was solid as guys caught everything, including DeMarco Murray, who saw his only action in the return game. However, there were a couple negatives. Mossis Madu muffed a kickoff, and Patrick O'Hara missed a field goal early.


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