Kansas and Oklahoma face off in Norman, Oklahoma on Saturday. Yesterday, we broke down the Sooners offense, here is a look at the team’s defense.
Former Arizona head coach Mike Stoops returned this season to take over the defensive play calling duties at Oklahoma. Stoops previously coached at Oklahoma as a defensive coordinator before getting hired at Arizona. Stoops has made things more simple for the unit this year. The simpler approach is working as Oklahoma is ranked 14th nationally in defense and 11th vs the pass.
Last week, the defense shut down the Texas Longhorns offense, holding the team to 21 points and 289 total yards of offense. The unit forced Texas to 5 three-and-outs, got two interceptions off Longhorns quarterback David Ash, and recovered a fumble.
Starting safety Tony Jefferson leads the team in tackling with 37. Javon Harris has added 30 tackles and two interceptions on the year. Senior defensive lineman Jamarcus McFarland has 14 tackles, three of these for loss and two sacks. This defensive unit has improved with each week this season, and should to continue to get better.