August 22, 2006

Starters strong at LB, depth a concern

At Oklahoma, offensive linemen routinely weigh 300 pounds up and down the roster. But as the 2006 season approaches, the Oklahoma defense might be wondering what it feels like to carry all that weight on their shoulders.

With Adrian Peterson, talented receivers and a lack of one Rhett Bomar, the offense can't be considered anything other than a question mark heading into the season.

"We control what we can control," said defensive coordinator Brent Venables the day after Bomar's dismissal from the OU program. "For us to be any good as a team, pre Rhett Bomar, post Rhett Bomar, with Rhett Bomar, it's all irrelevant. It's about us and our side of the ball, getting the ball back, playing great defense, keeping people out of the endzone, eliminating big plays, all those types of things."

At the center of the Oklahoma defense is a very strong linebacking corp led by preseason All-American Rufus Alexander. It could be argued that the starting lineup of Alexander, Zach Latimer and Demarrio Pleasant is the heart of the defense.

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