After recruiting them for several months, Oklahoma's coaching staff was finally able to talk publicly about the players the Sooners added to the program on signing day. Over the next week or so, SoonerNation will review some of the key things coaches had to say about the players signed at each position group during their signing day webcast on Soonersports.com.
Oklahoma is hoping for immediate help at defensive tackle from junior college signee Quincy Russell (San Antonio/Trinity Valley).
"Being that he’s a junior college guy with the size and strength and quickness he has, well really all of these guys anymore we expect to make an immediate impact, but we expect Quincy [to make an impact] being that he’s older," OU coach Bob Stoops said of Russell's potential impact.
At 6-foot-3, 308 pounds, Russell brings needed bulk to the Sooners interior, joining Jordan Phillips as the lone 300-plus pounders at defensive tackle.
"A bigger bodied guy, we’re getting size to plug up those run lanes," defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright said.
After the Sooners allowed 5.16 yards per carry in 2012, including 6.7 yards per carry in their three losses, OU was looking to make certain the 2013 version of the Sooners can stop the run. And that will require much better play from its defensive tackles.
"Solidifying our inside is a big priority," defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. "We need more plays from our guys up front. Quincy is a big physical guy who can hold down the middle of the field."