Strong defense a necessity against Kansas
Jeremy Dickie, The Oklahoma Daily
Even though the Sooners lost last weekend to Texas the defense looked very good. They were able to hold Heisman hopeful Colt McCoy to only 127 yards passing. The Sooners’ defense will have to repeat this same type of performance this week when they face Kansas.
Kansas has a trio of players on their offense that the Sooners will have to game= plan for if they want to beat Kansas.
First is the Jayhawks’ quarterback Todd Reesing. He is a mobile quarterback who likes to scramble and is dangerous when he gets out of the pocket. Not only is he a threat to run for a lot of yards, but he also does a good job at keeping his eyes downfield and hits receivers for big gains when he is on the move.
The Sooners’ defense has done a very good job this year keeping running quarterbacks within the pocket, and they are still able to apply pressure. The defensive line will once again have to do this for the Sooners to get the win on Saturday.
“He [Reesing] puts pressure on us,” linebacker Austin English said. “We can’t ask our secondary to cover receivers all day; we have to get him down and contained in the pocket.”
The other two threats the Sooners will have to watch out for are wide receivers Kerry Meier and Dezmon Briscoe.
Currently Briscoe is averaging 134 yards receiving per game, which is the best in the nation. Meier is second in the nation in receptions, averaging nine catches a game.
Last year, Briscoe caught 12 passes and set a school record for most reception yards in a game with 269 yards. This year, the Sooners’ secondary cannot allow these two receivers to have big games.
Last year, Sooners defensive back Brian Jackson had a hard time containing Briscoe.
On Saturday, Jackson will have to step up and hold Briscoe to limited yards if he wants to give this Sooners team a chance to win the ball game.
“Briscoe did have a great game last year, but he can’t walk in with that game this year,” defensive back Sam Proctor said. “It’s going to be a collective effort, but I know that match-up is something B-Jack is looking forward to.”
The Sooners defense will have to contain the Kansas offense which is ranked top ten in the nation in eight different categories.
With Sam Bradford out once again with his shoulder injury, and the offense’s continuing to struggle to score points, it will be up to the Sooners’ defense to stop Kansas in its tracks. If the game becomes a shootout the advantage is going to be in favor of the Jayhawks.
The Sooners no longer have a shot at a national title, and they have a very slim chance of playing for another Big 12 championship.Still, they cannot afford to lose another game.
If the Sooners win out and finish the year with only three losses, all to ranked teams, OU will have a chance to play in a solid bowl game, and it starts this weekend against Kansas.