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Coach Speak: Oklahoma Ready for a Tempo Battle Against Kent State

Coach Speak: Oklahoma Ready for a Tempo Battle Against Kent State

NORMAN — The Brent Venables era kicked off in style on Saturday, but the Oklahoma coaching staff wants more out of their team this week.

Both offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby and Ted Roof said there was plenty to like in the No. 9-ranked Sooners’ season opening 45-13 victory over the UTEP Miners, but it was only a starting point for where the team needs to be at the end of the year.

This week, OU (1-0) will welcome in an Akron Golden Flashes (0-1) team fresh off a 45-20 loss to the Washington Huskies.

Lebby and Roof met with local media on Monday to preview the contest, as well as put a bow on their final thoughts from the UTEP victory.

Change of Scenery

Wanya Morris was named Oklahoma’s starting right tackle last week, but he was unavailable for the season opener.

As a result, starting left tackle Anton Harrison slid over to right tackle, clearing the path for Tyler Guyton to start at left tackle.

With Guyton making his first start for the Sooners, Lebby said it made the most sense to him and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh to let the more experience player flip sides of the line.


For the entire story, please visit https://www.si.com/college/oklahoma/football/coach-speak-oklahoma-ready-for-a-tempo-battle-against-kent-state

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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. Follow Ryan on Twitter @_RyanChapman.

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