With McGee out, Sooners shuffle D-Line

NORMAN, Okla. -- Bob Stoops revealed Friday that defensive tackle Stacy McGee was suspended indefinitely for violating university policy.

McGee had taken hold of the starting three technique while Jamarkus McFarland and Casey Walker rotated in at nose guard. Redshirt freshman Jordan Phillips was backing up McGee.

With McGee out at least a couple of games, OU must do some reshuffling up front.

Instead of messing with their nose guard rotation, the Sooners will ask defensive end David King to play tackle until McGee returns. King has done it before. He played tackle last season when the Sooners went with their “Endy” package, which used four defensive ends on the field simultaneously. King also worked at defensive tackle late in 2010 after the Sooners became banged up at the position.

“David has consistently been weighing 275 to 280 pounds, and if he treated himself to a few more cheeseburgers, he could be 285 in no time,” Stoops said. “He’s got the strength to play in there. The times he has played in there, he’s done well.”

The Sooners will be fine without McGee against their first two opponents, UTEP and Florida A&M. But on Sept. 22, Kansas State figures to test OU up the middle with power-running quarterback Collin Klein. The Sooners could use McGee in that one. And also three weeks later against Texas, which also likely will try to pound the ball.

Ideally, the Sooners would like to keep King at end. But the development of their younger players at the position allowed them to make this move. Chuka Ndulue will fill in for King in the starting lineup, and has consistently been OU’s third-best end dating to the spring.

“Chuka Ndulue has been really good,” Stoops said. “I have said that, even in the spring. He is ready to play. He has been doing really well.”

Sophomore Rashod Favors, who converted from outside linebacker to end during the offseason, also has impressed this preseason.

“Rashod Favors has really been impressive,” Stoops said. “We have really been excited about that move over there. [Defensive ends] coach Bobby Jack [Wright] has been talking about him and he keeps showing up, doing things well. He is really strong and powerful, so that has been really positive, too, at the defensive end spot.”

Charles Tapper and Michael Onouha, a pair of intriguing freshmen, also could factor into the rotation.

“They’ve been really great,” Stoops said.