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Oklahoma Plans to Pare Down Defensive Rotation Moving Forward

Oklahoma Plans to Pare Down Defensive Rotation Moving Forward

As the Oklahoma defense took the field in the fourth quarter on Saturday, a peculiar scene unfolded inside Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

After Gabe Brkic surprisingly missed his only field goal of the game, the Tulane Green Wave offense took over trailing by just 12 points with about five minutes left in the game and all three timeouts.

But the defense that was sent out to greet them wasn’t the usual suspects.

Clayton SmithKori Roberson, Isaiah Coe and Reggie Grimes took the field to start the drive. While they didn’t necessarily play poorly, the second string d-line wasn’t expected to take the field while the game was still hanging in the balance, and Tulane marched 80 yards down the field to cut the lead down to five.

While the Sooner defense returned once more to ultimately kill off the game, the amount of rotation on that side of the football was staggering.


For the complete story, please visit https://www.si.com/college/oklahoma/football/oklahoma-plans-to-pare-down-defensive-rotation-moving-forward.

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Ryan Chapman covers Oklahoma Athletics and the Oklahoma City Thunder for 107.7 The Franchise since 2019. In December of 2020, Chapman was named the Deputy Editor of Sports Illustrated Sooners, and he also is a contributor for Sports Illustrated Thunder. Chapman has previously worked for OCCC's Student Newspaper, The Pioneer, where Chapman covered the Oklahoma City Energy, the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Oklahoma Athletics and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During his time with The Pioneer, Chapman served as the Sports Editor as well as the Editor-in-Chief.

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