Reinforcements coming for Sooners D-Line

Oklahoma usually rotates its players along the defensive line but off-the-field issues have made that a difficult proposition in the Sooners first two games. Senior defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland has seen extensive time on the field against UTEP and Florida A&M.

“It’s way different than looking to the sideline to see if he might throw someone in,” McFarland said. “When you know you’re going to be out there, you aren’t always looking over there, worried that you’re going to come out. You just have to buckle down and play.”

McFarland and David King have played the majority of the snaps at defensive tackle with Jordan Phillips and Marquis Anderson subbing in late in both games.

Senior Stacy McGee is serving a suspension and is unavailable and fellow senior Casey Walker missed the first two games due to personal issues. Both players were expected to be core members of the Sooners defensive interior this season. Walker will return against Kansas State but there is no announced timetable for McGee’s return.