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Oklahoma linebackers ready to ‘wake up rest of college football world’

Oklahoma linebackers ready to ‘wake up rest of college football world’

Last season, the Oklahoma Sooners defensive line took the college football world by storm.

Even before Ronnie Perkins was reinserted into the lineup, Isaiah Thomas, Nik Bonitto and Perrion Winfrey impressed. Shutting down the run and generating a consistent pass rush, it appeared that Alex Grinch’s transformation of the much maligned side of the football in Norman was ahead of schedule.

This season, the OU linebackers hope to make a similar leap.

“We’ve already known that about our d-linemen and it just took the rest of the world and the rest of the college football world to catch up and finally realize it,” junior linebacker David Ugwoegbu said in a Zoom press conference on Monday. “That’s exactly how we feel about this linebacker crew.”

To read the entire story, please visit https://www.si.com/college/oklahoma/football/oklahoma-linebackers-ready-to-wake-up-rest-of-college-football-world 

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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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