Mike Stoops: Defensive Line Will Be Fine Without Charles Walker

After practice Tuesday night, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops gave his reaction to defensive lineman Charles Walker’s choice to leave the team.

Walker is a redshirt junior who has decided he will not play the remainder of the season and will prepare for the NFL Draft instead, per an OU spokesperson.

Stoops said that he hasn’t talked to Walker about his decision, but he’s confident the team will be alright without him.

“I think we’ve grown as a (defensive) line,” Stoops said of the lack of depth. “I think Neville (Gallimore) and Austin Roberts have really grown up and become great players for us and very reliable players, and the same thing for DJ Ward and bringing in younger guys. It’s a shame Amani (Bledsoe) ran into a setback. Amani was coming on. We’ve played the whole year without him, we’ve won six straight so it is what it is and we just concentrate on the guys we have here and our guys have played well and we’re thinned down but we’re managing it and I think it’s been one of our most consistent groups, not a ton of huge plays but very consistent for us all year.” (OUDaily.com)

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