Oklahoma faces major questions at linebacker heading into Texas game

The Oklahoma Sooners are an offensive-minded team, make no bones about it.

They rank sixth in the nation in points scored per game, but are No. 46 in points allowed. They’re first in the country in total offense tied for 44th in total defense.

According to Ryan Aber of The Oklahoman, the Sooners could really benefit from improvement play at one position — linebacker.

“The Sooners have struggled to get consistent play from their linebackers,” Aber wrote, “and their struggles last weekend played a big part in a loss to the Cyclones.”

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo was projected to have a big year, and so far he’s delivered. The redshirt senior has posted 31 total tackles, good for second on the team. Kenneth Murray is one behind at 30.

But sophomore Caleb Kelly has just 19 tackles, and no Oklahoma linebacker has intercepted a pass this season.

As Aber noted, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was not happy with his linebackers in the Sooners’ 38-31 loss to Iowa State last week.

“I didn’t think our linebackers played very well Saturday,” Stoops said.

Against a Texas team with mobile quarterbacks and a stable of capable runners, the Oklahoma linebackers will face yet another tough test this Saturday. They’ll need to be at their best if the Sooners are to avoid back-to-back losses.

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