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Why Oklahoma’s Reggie Grimes Credits Confidence, Chemistry For Early Breakout

By Ross Lovelace


NORMAN — Reggie Grimes couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. After two games in Norman, the junior defensive end ranks No. 3 in the country in quarterback sacks at four total.

He’s doubled his total from last year already, while also recording seven tackles and a forced fumble. He has arguably been Oklahoma’s best player on either side of the ball, something that not a lot of people saw coming. All Grimes needed was confidence in himself, though.

“It’s just a matter of being who you are and knowing what you bring to the table, as far as your abilities and what you can do,” Grimes said. “For me, that’s leadership. I’ve been through a lot of tough things, not only in life, but here at Oklahoma. There’s not a whole lot that I haven’t done before. It’s really just speaking from a point of experience.”

Now that Grimes understands who he is as a player, his strengths are easier to identify and use. He’s clearly quick and powerful off the line and gets to the backfield in a hurry. Knowing his role on the defense has seemed to help him talk the next step.


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