Romar hopes to be freed up by new scheme
Matt Romar’s career to this point has been solid but not overwhelming.
The senior defensive lineman has 50 tackles and 4.5 sacks over his first three seasons, but Romar thinks Oklahoma’s new four-man defensive front could lead to more statistical production.
“I’m so used to playing zero technique, head up on the center, taking on a lot of double and triple teams,” Romar said. “I finally got a chance to attack a person, basically man on man every now and then. It’s not taking on double teams. I’m just excited to see how it’s going to go.”
Kelly has high praise for Beal
Emmanuel Beal was Oklahoma’s second-leading tackler a season ago and the top returner.
But with the emergence of Caleb Kelly, the inside linebacker battler that appears to have been won by Kenneth Murray and with Ogbonnia Okoronkwo’s pass-rushing on the edge getting a lot of attention, Beal is sometimes the overlooked man of the linebacking corps.
“I’d say he’s the most technically sound linebacker we have for sure,” Kelly said. “He has the best base. He can shuffle and stay in good body position. He always seems to be in good body position.
“He’s a smaller guy, but that makes him faster. He’s not a weak guy either. He can hit those 300-pound guys. They aren’t pushing him around. I really respect his game.”
Ruffin’s Ram Sled
McNeill arrived at Oklahoma in June, he took a survey of all the equipment available to work with the defensive line. OU had all of the normal gadgets and machines, but there was one more that McNeill knew he’d need. A Ram sled. It’s a primitivelooking mechanism, made of wood and shaped like something resembling a bench.
“Ain’t nothing fancy about the wood,” McNeill said. “I can make them have out of body experiences on that. Their spirit will come out of their bodies because I can work them.”
It may not look super impressive, but it’s more than effective.
“It’s a great tool to teach pad leverage, hand placement, understanding the value of pressure, working footwork and keeping balance,” McNeill said. “That one wood sled, I can incorporate all of that.”
After a couple weeks learning techniques in McNeill’s old-fashioned way, the players are understanding the value of the sled.
Sooners land three-star safety
OU added another commitment to its 2018 class Saturday when three-star safety Darnell Turner-Yell announced his commitment to the Sooners.
160 pounds) had offers that included Nebraska, Baylor, Houston and Missouri among others.
The Hempstead, Texas, product is Oklahoma’s
18th commitment from the class and the third safety, joining Cypress (Texas)’ Starrland Baldwin and Tulsa Union’s Patrick Fields.
Turner-Yell is the fifth commit among the recruits who visited Norman for the recent ChampU barbecue recruiting event. He joins 2018 recruits Jalen Redmond and Darrell Simpson, 2019 recruit Jeffery Carter and 2020’s Jase McClellan.