Thursday, September 19, 2013

Corey Nelson: Oklahoma Defense Lacked Leadership in 2012

Quarterback Steele Jantz #2 of the Iowa State Cyclones gets spun around by his face mask during the first quarter by linebacker Corey Nelson #7 of the Oklahoma Sooners on November 3, 2012 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. Oklahoma lead Iowa State 14-6 at the half.
Photo Credit: Matthew Holst/Getty Images
Oklahoma’s defense came under fire late last season after giving up eye-popping point and yardage totals in games against Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.

So far this season, the Sooner defense looks much improved. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has installed a base 3-3-5 scheme, and OU has looked more aggressive than it did last year.

Senior linebacker Corey Nelson said player are “more engaged” this year, and said last year’s struggles were largely a result of leadership.

“I feel like we didn’t have no leadership on defense last year,” Nelson said. “We just didn’t have no guys stepping up and taking control of the defense and grabbing it by the horns.

“We’re all running to the ball. That’s one thing that we did not do last season or maybe even the season before that and if we don’t run to the ball, we get punished for it so that’s one thing that has changed and I see a lot of us doing.” (The Oklahoman)
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